The Archaeological Museum, Old Goa

The Archaeological Museum, Old Goa

The Archaeological Museum, Old Goa
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MiCasaEsSuCasa
Los Angeles, California56 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Family
The extensive series of portraits of Goa viceroys and governors is impressive. Although I wouldn't normally be interested in paintings of this sort, many of them come across as personality studies (seriously!) to consider against the artifacts and other exhibits on display. This museum is an unexpected treasure trove if you have the time to explore.
Written 20 May 2023
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thurin
Bielsko-Biala, Poland166 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2015 • Friends
The entrance costs only 10rs per person. You can see the portraits of Portuguese Viceroys and Governors. Feel the history, the past and try understand. But remember it's not Europe, it's India. And so it should be.
Written 16 February 2015
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traveller_rg14
New Delhi, India83 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2014 • Solo
This well maintained museum is located next to the World-Heritage Church of St. Francis of Assisi. Upon entering one is greeted by a tall statue of Afonso de Albuquerque, the first Portuguese Duke of Goa. This statue earlier stood at Miramar and overlooked the Arabian Sea at the mouth of River Mandovi. It was later removed by the Indian government and shifted to the Archaeological Museum.

The Museum is multi-storeyed and vast. It houses stone busts, sculptures, wood handicrafts, tools, paintings, models depicting Goan lifestyles, and much more.

I especially liked the paintings of Portuguese explorers and past governors displayed on the upper floors. These are arranged in a chronological fashion and one can really learn a lot about Goa's pre-independence history by reading through their descriptions.

Needless to say, one should have sufficient time in hand to observe, introspect and gain from all the treasures that this museum contains. If you're paying a visit to Old Goa, this repository of Goan heritage is a must-see.
Written 27 January 2015
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Satyendra Garg
National Capital Territory of Delhi, India6,946 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2014 • Family
Next to Se Cathedral and Church of St. Francis Assisi at Old Goa this is a nice museum which shows at a glance the history, culture, heritage and achievements of Goa for thousands of years. There are beautiful statues, paintings, description of finer aspects of cultural objects, models and paintings. Worthwhile to spend sometime when in Old Goa.
Written 5 January 2015
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Geobar01
Manchester, UK1,494 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2012 • Couples
As you arrive in Old Goa, be it by taxi, auto-rickshaw or bus, you will see the dark red-brown laterite construction of The Basilica of Bom Jesus on one side of the highway and the bright white Church of St Francis of Assisi and the Sé Cathedral on the other. The museum opened in 1964, adjoins the Church of St Francis of Assisi being in its former convent and is best reached by walking down the road leading to the river and ferry landing from the crossroads at the western side of Old Goa.
At the time of writing the opening times are 10am to 6pm and admission is 10/- (rupees). If you enjoy taking your own pictures be aware that photography is strictly prohibited anywhere in the museum, the staff around are watchful and there are CCTV cameras in every gallery (though no way of knowing how functional they are). If you are thinking of trying to sneak a photo and you are spotted you will know it from the whistle and shouts from the member of staff who saw you - be warned. Frustratingly, even if this policy has sound reasoning behind it they have not seen fit to produce their own museum guide to compensate. The best alternative is a thin guide book to Old Goa, produced as part of the ‘Heritage Series’ by the Archaeological Survey of India in several languages, that contains a few pages at the back. This is available from the 'reception' desk that, for some reason, is located near to the exit where you can purchase a copy on your way out.
The museum has two floors, the lower being entered to the left on entering.
This has a basic display detailing the earliest periods of Goa and giving a brief history, while the majority of artifacts are mounted along each wall and open, not cased, though touching is prohibited. The lighting for these exhibits is simple, single directed lights from above and enhances both contrast and detail. It is surprisingly good and may well add to the frustration you will feel if you are a photographer. The items are primarily sculptures, hero stones (an upper panel depicts the hero enjoying the afterlife and the lower panel the event leading to his death) and sati stones (commemorating the burning of widows and sometimes forming part of a related hero stone. Mainly of basalt they are interesting collectively and would be more so if an explanation or description was given with each, but that provided merely notes the material, locality of the find, approximate date and the item type, such as 'sati stone'. A few smaller items are displayed in cases and dominating the whole of this first gallery is the slightly comical 3m bronze statue of Luiz Vaz de Camoes, the national poet of Portugal until his death in 1580, who seems to be winking at the passer by, though in actual fact he had but one eye.
At the far end of this gallery, stairs take you up to a series of galleries dominated along both walls in each by large paintings of each governor or viceroy of Goa, frequently in oils on wood and running from Dom João de Castro of 1545-48 (who also set the precedent for future paintings by also ordering the portraits of the twelve previous governors, through to the close of direct Portuguese influence in 1961. Though there are a few other items, such as the rather naïve portraits of Portuguese presidents, the martyrdom of several priests and the crude wooden figures of two bishops, the portraits of the former governors hold the interest. With each is a brief description of the principle events during their term in office. Many held the office for surprisingly little time before their death or return to Portugal. Equally interesting is a simple walk through the galleries to note the changing styles and fashions that give a surprisingly good sense of the passage of time.
For those with children there were points at which there have been obvious attempts to introduce activity areas to engage and help educate children though when we visited all of these were closed and there was nothing to indicate recent use. Whether these would primarily have been intended for the school groups rather than children on holiday for example I don’t know but we saw only local children in Old Goa generally so the demand from tourists may be low for these facilities.
If you plan on staying here for some time, perhaps going to see some of the nearby architecture for which Old Goa is famous, it may be useful to note that there are free toilets shortly before the exit, though there is nowhere for refreshments and Old Goa has nothing that would pass as a reasonable restaurant.
All in all this is probably not a museum that would be worth making a special trip for unless you have a specialist interest, but if you plan to go to Old Goa for its cathedrals and other points of interest then it would be well worth a visit as it makes the most of it’s collection.
Written 29 March 2012
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Shankari Sakthi
Chennai (Madras), India46 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2019
The museum has the valuable belongings of Goa that has been protected till now. The park is greenery , and museum has the old paintings
Written 20 August 2019
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SadhanaRakesh
Recife, PE1,334 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2017 • Friends
There is an entry fee for this Museum. If I recollect correctly, it is Rs. 10 or Rs. 20 per person. Left side has entry to museum whereas on right gate, one can enter the church free of cost.

History lovers should not miss this Museum. Archaeological Survey of India maintains the place.

The museum has good facilities for the tourists with sufficient seating areas. Tourists can easily spend 1-2 hour in this museum.

There are portraits of viceroys and governors who left an imprint on Goa, as well as postal stamps, wooden sculptures, which date to the Portuguese period in Goa. It also has large bronze statues of Portuguese poet Luís Vaz de Camões.
Written 14 August 2017
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AEB_9
Sydney, Australia68 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2016 • Friends
This is a really interesting museum, not to daunting but with lots of interesting pieces dating from pre history through to the Portuguese period. Includes an interesting outdoor collection of 16th and 17th century Portuguese headstones. Well worth a visit.
Written 27 February 2016
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138500423
Pune, India1,986 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
This campus is most famous as old church in old Goa.

Following sightseeing places are located at same campus in Old Goa within comfortable walking distances:

A) Archaeological Museum

B) Catholic church of St. Francis of Assisi

C) Se Cathedral (Church)

D) Basilica of BOM Jesus (Church)

NB:

a) Archaeological museum & Catholic Church of St. Francis of Assisi are next to each other.

b) Se Cathedral Church is immediately behind the Catholic Church of St. Francis of Assisi

c) Basilica of Bom Jesus is located on the other side of green park.

1.Location & Distance Old Church Goa:

Old church is located in old Goa at 10 km from Panji Bus Stand.
Use GPS, it will guide you accurately. We made use of it.

2. Open & Close Days:

Museum is closed on Friday.
It is open from 9 am to 5 pm on other week days.

3. Parking:

a) VIP Car Parking

It is opposite the entry gate of this campus.
Those who have VIP parking pass are allowed to park here.
No idea on the process of VIP car parking pass.

b) Common Parking

It starts on the left side of road next to VIP car parking gate.
During crowded hours, parking may be available after half or one kilometer or more distance on this one way road.

Tips:

i) After reaching the old church junction, take left turn & you will see VIP car park area on your left. Before proceeding straight ahead further, please let the passengers especially old, women & kids get down here.

Then drive straight till you find the place to park your car on left side of road. Park car & walk back. If you get a place very near it is short walk. If you get a place far away then equally long walk

The very first left turn goes towards river which is at 100 meter distance. This road is also used for parking car. We parked our car on the road diversion to river.

4. Entry Ticket:

Rs.10 per head for all aged 15 & above.
Wheel chairs are available for disabled persons.

5. Drinking Water:

Cold water drinking facility is available.

6. Washroom:

Good toilet facility with Indian & western commode system plus urinal is there.
It is maintained neat & clean even though it stinks a bit.
Special toilet facility for disabled persons is also available.

7. Museum:

NB:

a) When you walk from the main entry gate of campus, you will see cannon on left side as well as archaeological museum sign board.
Take left turn & on your right you will find Church of St. Francis of Assisi & if you go straight for few meters you will come at the archaeological museum.

b) You are allowed to take photos inside museum but not of yourself or any persons with you. CCTVs are there in museum.

Galleries are numbered 1, 2, 3,4, 5, 6 etc.
On entering the museum, take left turn for first gallery.
Then climb up stairs for next gallery. It is painting portraits gallery, here photos are totally prohibited.
After coming down you will proceed to balance galleries sequentially.

Museum is maintained very neat & clean.

NB: You will enter the museum & exit the museum from same location.

8. Time For Visit:

a) 10 to 15 minutes more than enough to visit Museum.

b) 1 to 2 hours for visiting all the 3 churches at this campus.

Still it will depend on respective individual to decide on how much time to be spent.

9. Special Thing At Old Church Goa:

a) The area in front of the museum gate is a very big green lawn with beautiful trees.
It is a very picturesque sight. Photography is free here.

b) The inside architecture of all the 3 churches is mind blowing.
You are allowed to take photos inside church but not of yourself or any persons with you.

10. Photos:

I have attached photos in this review with easy to understand tag & description system.
Please have a look at all the photos to get the feel of parking place, main campus entry gate, museum entry gate, museum, museum galleries with it's content, toilet facility, big green park.

11. Food Snacks Stalls:

There are plenty of food snacks stall near to Se Cathedral church.

12. Recommendation:

Surely I highly recommend Old Church Goa as a must place to visit in Goa.
Archaeological museum is ok to visit one time since you are there.
Written 7 December 2019
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Rusario Fernandes
Karwar, India5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2017 • Family
This Place Has An History Because St. Francis Xavier Was The Priest Here. His Body Is Anothe Opposite Old Church At BASILICA DE BOM JESUS CHURCH
Written 19 April 2018
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