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Museums of Goa

For all the history, Goa actually has very few museums. Here is a list of the museums of Goa with their timings. Click on for more...

Archeological Museum and Portrait Gallery, Old Goa Galleria de Icons, Margao Galleries at Se Cathedral, St. Francis of Assisi, Basilica of Bom Jesus, Old Goa
Naval Aviation Museum, Dabolim Museum of Christian Art, Rachol Goa State Museum, Panaji
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Archeological Museum and Portrait Gallery
Old Goa.
Maintained by the Archaeological Survey department, Govt. of India. 

This used to be a wing of the old Franciscan monastery and was converted to a museum in 1964. On exhibit are a selection of pre-colonial and post colonial artifacts. The main hall has at its entrance a huge statue of Alfonso de Albuquerque, that once stood in Old Goa  and subsequently at the Azad Maidan in Panaji. It was removed after liberation to the museum. The other areas are the "Key Gallery", the " Portrait Gallery" and the "Sculpture Gallery".

The "key gallery" has among other things a statue of the famous Portuguese poet, Luis Camoes, holding a copy of "Os Lusíadas". This statue was also moved to the museum following liberation.

The " Portrait Gallery" occupies the first floor of the museum and has over sixty paintings of the Portuguese Governors and Viceroys that ruled Goa beginning with the first- Dom Joao de Castro( 1545-48 ) and other notables like Dom Vasco da  Gama ( 1524) and the only Goan Governor, Bernardo Peres da Silva ( 1835 )and the longest serving governor, Jose Ferreira de Pestano ( 1844-51 and 1864-70). There is even a portrait of Portugal's right wing prime minister and dictator, Antonio Salazar.

The "Sculpture Gallery" contains some artifacts dating to the pre-colonial era. There are a lot of Stone sculptures and idols dating back to the Kadamba years and also a stone pillar brought from San Thome, Madras , the site of martyrdom of St Thomas.

Timings open Entrance fees Closed on Phone
10 am. to 5.00 pm. (without lunch break).  Free Fridays 0832 286133.

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Galleria de Icons
Seva Samiti Bldg, Aga khan Street, Margao.
Timings open Entrance fees Closed on Phone
9.00 am. to 1.30 pm. and 2.30 pm. to 6.00 pm free Sundays. 0832 730835

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Galleries at Se Cathedral, St.Francis of Assisi Convent & the  Basilica of Bom Jesus.
Old Goa
Artifacts of the Church
Timings open Entrance fees Closed on Phone
09.00 to 12.30 hrs. & 15.00 to 18.30 hrs. on weekdays


10.00 to 12.30 & 15.00 to 18.30hrs.


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Naval Aviation Museum
Has a static display of aircrafts, Engines, armaments, Aviation simulator, models, and museum gift shop.
Timings open Entrance fees Closed on Phone
Daily from 10.00 to 17.00 hrs. Rs.10/-per adult and Rs.5/-per child. Monday 0832 510183 Extn.5525.

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Museum of Christian Art
Christianity related artifacts
Timings open Entrance fees Closed on Phone
Daily 09.00 to 13.00 hrs. and 14.00 to 17.00 hrs. Rs. 5/- per adult and Rs.2.50 per child.   0832 776052.

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Goa State Museum
Patto, Panjim
A small collection of archaeological artifacts, mostly pre-Portuguese. State run institution.
Timings open Entrance fees Closed on Phone
09.30 to 13.00 hrs. and 14.00 to17.30 hrs. Free Saturdays, Sundays & Public Holidays. 226006
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