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Houses of Goa Museum

Houses of Goa Museum

Where: House No. 674, Torda, Salvador do Mundo, Penha de Fran?a, Goa ? 403101
Timings: 10am-7:30pm (Monday closed)
Talking about Goan history as you walk down the streets of Goa, the most striking thing impossible to ignore is the architectural landscape of the place. The Houses of Goa Museum is built to enclose the specific uniqueness of Goa ? to highlight its architectural exclusivity. Located in Torda, Salvador do Mundo, Bardez, this museum takes you to a journey of evolution of houses in the region. Designed and architected by the famous designer Gerard da Cunha, the Houses of Goa Museum presents a stunning picture of the exterior and interiors of buildings of Goa. The museum houses artifacts that depict the history of architecture in Goa. It highlights the evolution from the symbolic Balcaos of ancient Goan streets, to the China mosaic flooring reminiscent of the maturation of modern architectural tastes. There are three floors in the repository with segregated according to architectural expressions, types of buildings in different era and the symbols defining the houses of yore in the specific region. The museum is constructed in the shape of a ship right in the middle of the street ? which is a perfect token to revere the architectural epoch of Goa by the founder.

Museum of Christian Art

Museum of Christian Art

Where: Convent of Santa Monica, Velha Goa, Goa ? 403402
Timings: 9:30am-5pm (Sunday closed)
Christianity is an indelible part in the history of Goa, and it is still has a permanent existence much under spotlight. To highlight this fact, is the Museum of Christian Art in Goa. This is Asia?s only museum that features artifacts pertaining to the materialization of Christianity in the region. Famed for its remarkable collection of sculptures, furniture, ivory, paintings, textiles and metals, the museum unveils answers to all your queries that old or modern Goa might pose to you as a tourist. The major attractions of the museum are the exhibits that date back to centuries and have survived the ravages of time since the advent of Portuguese in Goa. The Holy Trinity showing the culmination of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit is one of the most famed sculptures constructed in the museum as a symbolic representation. The majority of other exhibits is more than centuries old and depicts the overpowering prevalence of Christianity in Goa several centuries ago. It is suggested for the tourists to take a trip to the Museum of Christian Art before setting off for your itinerary for Goa. It would make your experience much more relatable and enjoyable, especially while visiting the churches and cathedrals.

Goa Chitra Museum

Goa Chitra Museum

Where: H.No. 498, Near Auxilium High School, Benaulim, Goa 403716
Timings: 9am-6pm
Tagged by the Archaeological Survey of India as ?India?s Top Contemporary Museum?, Goa Chitra Museum is among the handful museums of the region that portrays Goa?s culture and tradition over an era. With a total artifact count of 4000, the museum symbolizes Goa?s living and lifestyle that defined it in the past and the diverse ways it was gradually changed owing to the evolving circumstances and the periodic clash of cultural strains. From musical instruments to agricultural equipment to technologically advanced gadgets travelling over the time period, the museum displays them all in a professionally organized way. Goa Chitra Museum includes a wide collection of exhibits including local pottery, farming tools, musical instruments, ancient carts and palanquins - from different points of the past. It also showcases an organic farm for the cultivation of various vegetables, herbs, spices, sugarcane, and rice ? all staples of the area in coastal western India. It was founded, and is still run, by the artist-curator-restorer Victor-Hugo Gomes. The museum partners with scholars, students and academic institutions for more researches on farming, technology and traditional cultivation techniques of ancient Goans. This step is considered as a solution to agriculture for modern times.

Goa Science Centre

Goa Science Centre

Where: Marine Highway, Miramar, Panaji, Goa 403001
Timings: 10am-6pm
Travel over time from the past to present of Goa catching a glimpse into the beyond ? all together at the Goa Science Centre. Get welcomed by the starry abyss as you step in to the museum complex. Goa Science Centre is especially constructed for the science and astronomy enthusiasts to admire the wonders of pre-history and to experience the several breathtaking wonders of science, especially astronomy. With an all- new ecosystem of Dinosaur sculptures adorning the premises, the museum takes you to an era which is not explored much often. Among the major attractions are the marine science section, the 3D shows and the mirror maze which is exceptionally loved by the children. The 3D science shows are technologically crafted to provide science lessons in a unique way experienced for knowledge and fun simultaneously. The museum complex also includes a planetarium and a science park for a full entertainment package. There are many package tours especially conducted for the students and the visiting researchers to gain knowledge on science and astronomy. Activities like science seminars, academic sessions, demonstrations, drama contest, film festivals and quiz contests are quite common and regularly conducted within the premises.


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