Best Museums in North Goa
North Goa has some of the finest museums rich in architectural beauty and reflects the culture and history of the bygone era. Your trip is incomplete without a visit to these stunning museums of North Goa.
The Goa State Musuem now housed at the Adil Shah Palace in Panaji houses a vast display of artefacts. Set up in 1977 by the State Archaeology Department it includes departments including Ancient History and Archaeology, Art and Craft, and Geology. The prized collections include stone sculptures, wooden objects, carvings, bronzes, paintings, manuscripts, rare coins, and anthropological objects.
Entry Fee: No charge
Location: Adil Shah Palace, Panaji Goa
Located at the back of the Convent and Church of St. Francis of Assisi, this museum contains many important and beautiful artefacts of the Portuguese rule in India. Its treasures are divided amongst eight galleries. The most important of these are considered to be the portraits of the long-dead Viceroys and Governors of Goa.
The museum also has a phenomenal collection of stamps, religious artefacts and other such treasures.
Operational Hours: All days of the week 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM; closed on Friday
Entry Fees: Rs. 5/- per head (children up to 15 years free), Rs.100/- for foreigner. Video photography by the visitors is not allowed.
Location: Old Goa
The museum shaped like a ship embodies the evolution of some of the symbolic architecture in this region. For example, the building material used, the traditional Goan Balcaos and the China mosaic flooring. There is a special section showcasing the age old houses of Goa. The three-storey museum is created by the architect Gerard da Cunha to depict the Portuguese-Goan architecture.
Operational Hours: Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 7:30pm
Entry Fee: Rs. 100 for adult and Rs. 25 for a child.
Location: Salvador do Mundo, Penha de França Goa
The only museum in Asia that showcases the collection of items related to the emergence of Christianity in the state. The museum houses exquisite collection of Indo-Portuguese Christian art. Besides, it also exhibits some sculptures, paintings, ivory, furniture pieces and textiles.
Operational Hours: Monday to Saturday from 9:30am to 5pm
Entry Fee: Rs. 30 for adults and Rs. 10 for students.
Location: Goa Velha
Goa has its wax museum and this is the second in India. This museum features 30 life-size Indian personalities from cultural, historical and religious backgrounds. The main attraction of this museum is the sculpting of ‘Last Supper’ which is 22 feet long and 500kg in weight.
Operational Hours: Monday to Friday from 9:30am to 6:30pm
Entry Fee: Rs. 30 for all and Rs. 10 for camera.
Location: Old Goa
Although this museum houses no permanent collection but is an oasis of wonderful artful experiments that is a sure treat to the art lovers. This private museum located in Pilerne Industrial Estate is a three-story museum exhibiting both contemporary and historical sculptures, paintings, photography and installations fused with Portuguese lifestyle and Goan culture.
Operational Hours: Monday to Sunday from 10am to 6pm
Entry Fee: Rs. 100 for Indians, Rs. 350 for foreigners and Rs. 50 for students and children below 18 years.