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Goa State Museum

The Goa State Museum was started in 1973 in a small Archeology & Museum unit in the Department of Archives and shifted to the present museum complex in Pato in 1996. The complex houses about twelve galleries that exhibit stone & bronze sculptures, statues of various Christian saints, terracotta objects from the Indus valley civilization, musical instruments, coins & currency notes, freedom struggle photographs, paintings, furniture, etc.

Opening Hours: Monday to Friday – 9.30 am to 5.30 pm
Address: EDC Complex, Pato, Panaji, Goa, India
Tel: +91 832 2438006, +91 832 2437306

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The Archaeological Museum & Portrait Gallery

Inaugurated in 1964, The Archaeological Museum & Portrait Gallery is located in Old Goa and attracts every tourist who loves to delve deep into local history. The museum categorizes exhibits into eight separate galleries highlighting collections dating back nearly 2,000 years back. Main exhibits include paleolithic tools, ceramic, coins, bronze, stone, & woodenware, sculptures from the Chalukyan era, portraits and ancient maps.

Opening Hours: Daily 10.00 am to 5.00 pm, Closed on Friday
Address: Old Goa, Goa, India

The Museum Of Christian Art

The Museum of Christian Art is one of its kind with displays mainly concentrating on exhibits discovered at Portuguese churches and private contributions made by families. Depicting the Indo-Portuguese cultural art traveled over the years, the museum’s main aim is to preserve Goa Portuguese heritage for future generations to come and to develop a liking among the Goans towards their rich history. Sacred art objects created by Hindu art sculptors form the main attraction of the museum.

Opening Hours: Daily 9.30 am to 5.00 pm
Address: Annex Convent of Santa Monica, Ella,Old Goa, India
Tel: +91 832 2285299

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The Naval Aviation Museum

The Naval Aviation Musuem located at Dabolim in Goa is dedicated to the Naval Aviation history of India with displays including historic weaponry, aircrafts, photographs, sensors & safety equipment and artifacts related to Goa’s freedom struggle. It is divided into two departments, an outdoor exhibit, and indoor galleries with a separate multimedia section for kids. The second largest Naval Aviation Museum in India, portraying India’s naval strength and its rich history, the museum complex overlooks the picturesque Bogmalo beach making it popular among tourists.

Opening Hours: Daily 10.00 am to 4.00 pm
Address: Naval Aviation Museum, Bogmalo Road, Dabolim, Goa, India

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The Houses of Goa Museum

The Houses of Goa Museum can be visited by those interested in traditional Goan architecture but with a twist. The building complex is built in the shape of a ship with highlights including various artifacts resulting in the evolution of architecture in Goa. Prominent among these include huge door keys, wooden panels, different building materials, and a slideshow presentation about the same.

Opening Hours: Daily 10.00 am to 4.00 pm
Address: Arch.Gerard Da Cunha, Architecture Autonomous, Nr. Nisha’s Play School, Torda, Salvador do Mundo, Bardez, Goa, India
Tel: +91 832 2410711, +91 832 2410715

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Museum of Goa, Daman and Diu

Situated within Panaji, the Museum of Goa, Daman & Diu devotes itself towards the archaeology in Goa and surrounding areas of Daman & Diu. It features textiles, sculptures, antiquities, Hindu artifacts, ivory carvings, and manuscripts.

Opening Hours: Daily 10.00 am to 1.00 pm and 2.00 pm to 5.30 pm, Closed on Sundays and public holidays
Address: Museum of Goa, Daman and Diu, Directorate of Archives, Archaeology and Museum, Ashirvad Building St. Inez, Panaji, Goa, India

Calizz Museum

Calizz Museum is a private collection of Laxmikant Prabhakar Kudchadkar where he has tried to recreate Goan history viz. Portuguese and Pre-Portuguese by renovating old Goan homes. Each house is decorated with utensils, antiques, furniture and household ware particular to the era which it belonged. Careful distinction has been made between typical Hindu homes and Goan-Portuguese style of architecture.

Opening Hours: Daily 10.00 am to 9.30 pm
Address: Bammon Vaddo,Candolim, Bardez, Goa, India
Tel: +91 832 3250000, +91 832 3259999

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  • Art Galleries

The Big Foot Art Gallery and Handicrafts Centre

Exhibits: Displays include traditional and modern Indian art works, local artist’s paintings, exhibitions of local Goan school children, handicrafts made by Goan craftsmen from bamboo stem, seashells, cane, etc and handmade garments.
Opening Hours: Daily 9.00 am to 6.00 pm
Address: Loutolim, Goa, India

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Kerkar Art Complex

Exhibits: Located besides Calangute beach, the art complex includes works by Installation artist Dr. Subodh Kerkar. On display are installations, objects, sculptures, paintings, and drawings by the artist. In addition, some rare artifacts and handicrafts from Indo-Portuguese era can be spotted.
Opening Hours: Daily
Address: Holiday Street, Gaurawado, Calangute, Goa, India
Tel: +91 832 2276017

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The Art Chamber / Galeria de Belas Artes

Exhibits: Also known as Galeria de Belas Artes, The Art Chamber is located a short walk away from the Calangute beach. Established in 1997 by Rudolf Ludwig and Yolanda de Sousa Kammermeier, works of various Indian and International artists is represented here. Due to its proximity to the beach, the place attract many tourists. At the backside of the complex, there is a restaurant by the name I-95 frequented by many Mumbaities and Bangloreans.
Opening Hours: Daily
Address: Castelo Vermelho, Gauravaddo 115/A, Calangute, Goa
Tel: +91 9823217435

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