Panaji, the capital city of Goa houses museums like the Goa State Museum and Indian Customs and Central Excise Museum. Vasco da Gama serves as a home to a museum called the Naval Aviation Museum. The Museum of Christian Art, Wax World Museum and Archaeological Museum are located in Old Goa. Museums called Calizz Museum and Menzes Braganza Institute are situated in North Goa. A museum called Pilar Seminary is located in Pilar. A place called Benaulim houses the Goa Chitra Museum. A museum called Houses of Goa Museum is located in Porvorim. The Big Foot Museum is located in Ancestral Goa, Loutolim.
Exhibits of the Museums of Goa
The museums of Goa serve as homes to a variety of objects of great antiquity. More specifically, these objects belong to prehistoric, historic, and medieval periods. It is known that each exhibit in the Museums of Goa is a thematic representation of Goa’s cultural heritage.
The museums of Goa display a collection of Brahmanical sculptures of hero-stones and sati stones of the early and late medieval periods, portraits, coins and currency, revenue and court fee stamps, wooden and bronze sculptures and armory of the Portuguese period. These museums are also adorned with ancient Persian and Arabic inscriptions, traditional farming equipment, coconut farming tools, traditional hand-woven baskets etc. The Jain and Hindu sculpture, handicraft, statuettes and figurines of metal mainly of bronze, textiles, paintings, coins of ancient times, wooden objects are displayed in these museums.
It is important to note that among the exhibits of the Museums of Goa, the sculpture of Sant Mirabai has received mention in the Limca Book of Records, as a laterite sculpture which was completed within 30 days. A sculpture of Holy Trinity (the Father, Son and Holy Spirit) housed in the Museum of Christian Art is one of the well known sculptures of Goa.