The rich culture of Goa is preserved even today in the museums of Goa. People visit Goa mostly for beaches. But museums of Goa of no less importance, as a tourist interest, when compared to beaches.
The museums of Goa hold the historical facts of the state. The artifacts preserved in these museums will speak about the ebb and surge of Goan Culture that has been wrought by several wars. One can get also get a clear picture about Goan art-form, from the museums of Goa. These museums display some of the eminent traditional as well as modern arts and crafts.
Here is a list of museums that are worth visiting.
Archeological Museum of Goa :
This is one of the most noted museums of this state. It is situated in old Goa. This museum came into being in 1964, by the initiatives of Archeological Survey of India (ASI). Previously, this museum was the convent of St. Francis of Assisi. The Portugese government decided to close this convent in 1835, and since then it was abandoned until, ASI reformed it into a museum. Since its inception, the museum has been renovated once during 1982-83.
Goa State Museum :
This museum is well-known for its rich collection of ancient Goan arts and sculptures. The art collection preserved in this museum, speaks about the valuable heritage of Goa. Goa State museum is located in Panaji and can be easily reached by hiring local transport.
Museum of Christian Art :
This is a unique storehouse of Indo-Portuguese Christian art that was cultivated in Goa. This form of art was not given much importance during its time. Museum of Christian Art thus holds the pride to preserve a part of Goan heritage which cannot be seen in other museums of Goa.
Naval Aviation Museum :
This museum was set up to serve as a tribute to the origin and evolution of Indian Naval Wing. This museum showcases a variety of vintage naval aircrafts by Indian Naval Wing. A museum of this kind can only be seen at Goa in Asia. This museum was established in 1998 and is situated at Dabolim.