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16 Museums and Art Galleries in Goa Worth Your Visit

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Partying and merry making are considered as the call of the day throughout the year in Goa. But, very few know that it is also a perfect place to find a lively cultural scene, where local artists and creative minds come together to promote international and Indian art. And for all the history that it holds, Goa actually has very few museums and art galleries that display different aspects of it. 

Here are some of the best art galleries and museums in Goa that will definitely take you on a ride through the glorious past of Goa in a contemporary way:

Museums & Galleries depicting History of Goa

1) Goa State Museum, Panjim, Goa

The museum was created as an Archaeology Museum unit of the Department of Archives in Goa in 1973 which got shifted to Patto and re-inaugurated in 1996. The museum’s exhibits show the vivid phases in the history of Goa. They are displayed thematically to showcase different aspects of the culture and traditions of Goa. 

Location: EDC Complex, Patto, Panjim

Timings: 9 am – 5 pm

Contact: 0832 243 8006

Entry: Free

Goa State Museum, Panjim

Courtesy: Wikipedia

2) Museum of Christian Art, Old Goa

The Museum of Christian Art is run in the former colonial capital of Old Goa, home to heritage monuments today. Interestingly, many of the works of Goan Christian art made during the Portuguese era, including some of those on display here, were produced by local Hindu artists. When it was set up, in 1994, it was the only museum of Christian art in Asia.

Location: Santa Monica Convent, Corlim Convent of old Goa, Velha Goa, Goa

Timings: 9:30 am – 5 pm

Contact: 0832 228 5299

Entry: Rs.50 per Adult; Rs.100 for Camera 

Christian Art Museum in Old Goa

Courtesy: Goa Tourism

3) Goa Chitra Museum, Benaulim, Goa 

Goa Chitra is based in the coastal Goan village of Benaulim. Founded and run by Victor-Hugo Gomes, this museum houses an unique collection and display of traditional farming implements and other ancient tools of trade set up against the scenes created from Goa’s yesteryears.

Location: St.John- the Baptist church road, Mondo Waddo, Benaulim, Goa 

Timings: 9 am – 6 pm

Contact: 9850466165 / 0832 6570877

Entry: Rs. 300 per head (Special Discounts for Groups and Students)

Goa Chitra Museum, Benaulim

Courtesy: Goa.me

 4) Naval Aviation Museum, Vasco da gama, Goa

Inaugurated in 1998, this museum is the only Naval aviation museum in all of Asia. The museum displays a number of aircraft that were used by the Indian Navy throughout its history. The interior of the museum is designed to look like the interior of a naval aircraft carrier, INS Viraat and has displays of naval equipment, prominent battles, a simulation room and an extensive granite plaque paying tribute to the martyrs.

Location: Bogmalo Road, Mormugao, Goa 

Timings: 10 am – 5 pm

Contact: 0832 258 5525

Entry: Adults – Rs. 30; Students – Rs. 15

The Naval Aviation Museum, Bogmalo, Vasco, Goa

Courtesy: Naval Aviation Museum

5) Houses of Goa: Museum, Alto-Torda, Goa

Shaped like a ship, Houses of Goa is a multi-level museum created by Architect Gerald da Cunha to document the rich Portuguese-Goan architecture as a local. From antique furniture to the construction detailings, he delves into different aspects of Goan architecture at every level. The whole story behind the depictions is unwound here with a slide show every evening.

Location: House No. 674, Near Nisha’s Play School, Torda, Penha de França, Goa

Timings: 10 am – 7:30 pm (Mondays Closed)

Contact: 0832 2410711/15/16

Entry: Rs.100 per adult; Rs.25 per child

Houses of Goa:Museum, Alto-Torda, Goa

Courtesy: Traveller from Pune

6) Wax World Goa – Art Gallery & Museum, Old Goa

Old Goa is the home to India’s second wax museum. The museum has over 30 life-size, statues of famous personalities of Indian culture, heritage and religion. One of the main attractions is the sculpting of the ‘last supper’ which is 22 feet in length and weights 500 kilos.

Location: Gandhi Circle, Old Goa, Goa

Timings: 9:30 am – 6:30 pm (Mon-Fri)

Contact: 9970126202

Entry: Rs.30 per head; Rs.10 for cameras

The Last Supper Wax Statues at Wax Museum Goa

Courtesy: Joe GoaUK

7) Archaeological Museum, Old Goa

Archaeological Museum and Portrait Gallery run by the Archaeological Survey of India, was set up in 1964 and reorganised in 1981–82. It houses some lovely fragments of sculpture from Hindu temple sites in Goa, Sati stones and some prominent statues like the ones of Portuguese poet Luís Vaz de Camões and Portuguese Conqueror Afonso de Albuquerque.

Location: Ella, Off Old Goa Road (route 748), Goa

Timings: 9 am – 5 pm (Fridays Closed)

Entry: Rs. 10 for Adults

Archaeological museum and the Se Cathedral, Old Goa.

Courtesy: Tom Hanslien Photography

8) Ancestral Goa & Big Foot Museum, Loutolim

A miniature Goan village set up to recreate the rural life of old days. It is privately run by an artist called Maendra Jocelino Araujo Alvares. The open-air museum recreates Goan rural life as it was a hundred years ago. The main highlight however at Ancestral Goa is the giant 14 meter sculpture of Sant Mirabai carved in 30 days which holds the Limca Records for being the longest laterite sculpture in India.

Location: Bigfoot, Loutolim, Goa, India

Timings: 9 am – 6 pm

Contact: 0832 2777034 / 2750430

Entry: Rs.50 for Adults; Rs.25 for Children

Sant Mirabai Statue at Ancestral Goa & Big Foot Museum, Loutolim, Goa

Courtesy: Travel3sixty

 9) Vintage Car Museum at Ashvek Vintage World, Nuvem, Goa

Some things look better with age and Ashvek Vintage World, Goa’s first and only vintage car museum in Goa, bears testimony to that. Besides the preservation of vintage cars, they also take up restoration work. Some of the retro and old-fashioned cars are in excellent condition, so that visitors can not only watch and enjoy the Museum’s collection, but also rent a car they like to make for some unforgettable moments or for solemn event usage.

Location: 12/B, Goulloy, NH17, Nuvem, Salcete, Goa, India

Timings: 9 am – 1 pm; 3 pm – 6 pm

Contact: 9822100339 / 0832 2731312

Entry: Rs.100 for adults; Rs.50 for children

Vintage Car Museum Goa - Ashvek Vintage World, Nuvem

Courtesy: Ashvek Vintage World

10) Mario Gallery – Panjim, Porvorim, Calangute & Margao

One of the greatest cartoonists from Indian History, Late Mario Miranda, was based in Goa. He is best remembered for his paintings and caricatures that captures the spirit of Goa like none other. Mario Gallery is a dedicated space which houses various artifacts and prints of Mario’s cartoons that are both for display and sale. They are one of the top things that you need to shop when in Goa.

Location & Contact: 

  • Panjim – Near Hindu Pharmacy, Below Aroma Hotel, Duarte Pacheco Road  | Ph: 0832 242 1776
  • Porvorim – H.No. 674 Torda, Salvador do Mundo, Bardez  | Ph: 0832 241 0711
  • Calangute – Pedru Martina, Opposite Toto’s Bar & Retaurant, Gauro Vaddo, Calangute  | Ph: 0832 652 1611
  • Margao – Raghunath Esquire, Close to Axis Bank, Pajifond, Margao  | Ph: 98813 61905

Timings: 10 am – 1:30 pm; 3pm – 7:30 pm

Mario Gallery Panjim Goa- Mario Miranda Artworks

Courtesy: Goa.me

Contemporary Art Galleries & Museums in Goa

11) MOG – Museum of Goa, Pilerne

A privately owned contemporary art gallery in Pilerne Industrial Estate which has no permanent collection. Funded and founded by artist Subodh Kerkar, MOG opened its doors in November 2015. It intends to be a platform for contemporary Indian and international artists, building a cultural network for exchange and interaction.

Location: 79, Pilerne Industrial Estate, Pilerne, Bardez, Goa

Timings: 10 am – 6 pm

Contact: 77220 89666

Entry: Rs.100 for Indians; Rs.300 for Foreigners; Rs.50 for Students

Museum of Goa- MOG, Pilerne Industrial Estate

Courtesy: Goa Streets

12) Sunaparanta – Goa Centre For The Arts, Altinho, Panjim

Sunaparanta, a not-for-profit art gallery set up in a beautiful Portuguese house, is a hub for creativity. It’s a place where both contemporary and traditional art is made accessible to the Goan public. The Centre’s creative programme includes gallery exhibitions, education and activity classes, interactive workshops, book readings and other public events. 

Location: 63/C-8, Near Army House, Altinho, Panjim, Goa

Contact: 0832 2421311

Sunaparanta Arts Centre, Altinho, Panjim

Courtesy: Saurabh Dalvi

13) Cube Gallery, Moira, Goa

Designed and built by Sonny Singh, an architect and artist of international reputation, the Cube Gallery defies easy comparisons. It serves as an exhibition hall and creative nerve centre for a growing community of artists, both new and mid-career. As you walk through the cubic themed gallery, be ready to get mesmerized by some unique and eclectic pieces of art by budding artists. 

Location: 430/1 Calizor Vaddo (Next to main Moira Church), Village Moira, Goa 

Timings: 11 am – 6 pm

Contact: 9422806748 / 0832 2470415 

Wooden Sculpture at The Cube Gallery, Moira, Goa

The Cube Gallery, Moira, Goa

Courtesy: The Cube Gallery Facebook

14) Carpe Diem, Majorda, Goa

“Carpe Diem” which popularly translates into “Seize the Day”, is exactly that. Located in a 260-year-old ancestral house in Majorda, it provides the ideal launchpad for creative explorations as well as a venue for performances by both first timers as well as professionals. They are very popular in South Goa for the weekly workshops on different forms of crafts.

Location: 81/2, Godinho (Jaques Godinho) House, Gomes Waddo, Majorda, Goa

Contact: 88888 62462

Timings: 10 am – 7 pm

Carpe Diem Art & Learning Centre, Majorda, Goa

Courtesy: Wikimedia Commons

15) Kala Academy, Panjim, Goa

Kala Academy in Panjim has a gallery dedicated to the work of contemporary Goan artists, both amateur and professional. The Academy takes an active part in discussing the future of Goan art by holding seminars and workshops. They also run an ‘Artists’ Camp’ whereby art students and the public have the opportunity to see professionals in action and take part in master classes. 

Location: Dayanand Bandodkar Marg, Campal, Panjim, Goa

Timings: 9:30 am – 1:15 pm; 2 – 5:45 pm

Contact: 0832 242 0450

Wall Painting at Kala Academy, Panjim, Goa

Courtesy: Giovanni da Cunha

16) Gallery Gitanjali, Panjim, Goa

Gallery Gitanjali is a part of Three Heritage Hotels – the Panjim Inn, Pousada and People’s, located in the charming Latin Quarter of Fontainhas in Panjim. Traditional art shares wall space with edgy contemporary work while a mixed media installation sits alongside Gond and Bhil tribal art. The gallery is known for a large collection of Scandinavian art from the 50’s to the 90’s including lithographs, serigraphs, linocuts, woodcuts and etchings. 

Location: Opp.Panjim Inn, Near People’s High School, Fontainhas, Panjim

Contact: 88060 35195

Gallery Gitanjali, Fontainhas, Panjim, Goa

Courtesy: Gallery Gitanjali Facebook

Visit these galleries in Goa to increase your understanding on the true history and art scenario of Goa. You can also experience the local way of life in Goa by visiting the villages and the hidden parts of Goa listed as tips on Lokaso Android App. Download now by pressing the button below. 

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