Goa, as we all know, is one of the most popular beach destinations in India. Known for the shacks, seafood, night life and adventure, Goa is for the fun-loving travellers who live their life to the fullest.
While the beaches in Goa are often the most visited by tourists, there is something more that the place offers - history, culture and heritage. Let us get to know more about some of the best museums in Goa.
Museum of Christian Art
The Museum of Christian Art is one of the must visit museums in Goa. Located within the Convent of St. Monica in Old Goa, the museum was the first of its kind in Asia when it was built in 1994. The exhibits of this unique museum include sculptures, furniture, ivory, paintings, textiles, precious metals, metals and other items. An interesting fact is that many of the works of art displayed here were crafted by Hindu artists.
Goa State Museum
Goa State Museum is located in Panaji. Also known as the State Archaeology Museum, the museum showcases the rich tradition and heritage of Goa. It has a collection of thousands of artefacts from sculptures, bronzes and carvings to manuscripts, paintings and rare coins. The various galleries here include the Contemporary Art Gallery, Printing History Gallery, Goa's Freedom Struggle Gallery, Geology Gallery and Christian Art Gallery.
Naval Aviation Museum
Located at Bogmalo which is close to Vasco da Gama, this is a military museum which portrays the development of Indian Naval Air Arm over the decades. The museum is one of its kind in Asia. The museum comprises of two parts - an outdoor exhibit and an indoor gallery.
Archaeological Museum and Portrait Gallery
This museum is located in Old Goa and is run by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI). The artefacts here are from the historic and pre-historic period of Goa. Arabian and Persian inscriptions, hero stones and Portuguese weapons are some of the interesting items you would find here.
Goa Chitra Museum
Located at Benaulim in Goa, the Goa Chitra Museum has around 4000 artefacts that portray Goa's agrarian technology and lifestyle. It throws light on the values and traditions of the farmers of Goa.