Explore the History of Goa at the Goa State Museum
The Se cathedral, the Shanta Durga temple, the Mangesh temple, the dudhsagar falls and all other sites that I had visited till date in Goa were all exquisite and one of a kind. Hereafter I wished to take a peep back I time in the history of Goa.
Which other place but the Goa state museum could have served the purpose? Hence we headed to the Goa State Museum which is located in the capital city of Goa i.e. Panaji. The museum lies at the EDC complex in Patto, Panaji and is easily accessible from all parts of the city via public commutes.
Goa State Museum | Image Resource : wikimedia.org
The museum is open for public from Monday to Saturday from 9:30 am to 5:30 pm. Visitors from all parts of the world as well as researchers and historians visit this museum in large volumes every year. The collection in the museum is not very extensive but is surely diverse enough to cover all the aspects of the rich history of Goa.
Sculpture at the entrance of the Museum | Image Resource : wikimedia.org
The varied collection of entities stored in the state museum of Goa also include some of the ancient bronze sculptures, sculptures related to Jainism and Hinduism, coins and furniture from the Portuguese era. A pair of peculiar ancient lottery machines housed in the museum draw attention of tourists the most. Moreover there is also a contentedly carved chariot kept on display in the museum which is truly unique and precious owing to its style and historic relevance.
The furniture section of the museum is the most interesting. It stores some of the furniture from the time of Portuguese rule in Goa. The most distinctive of all in this segment is an extravagantly carved table with high backed chairs. The legs of this table portray lions carved on them which are a symbol of supremacy of the Portuguese. There is also an eagle carved on one of its side. The other side comprises of four human figures carved on it.
Sculpture Gallery | Image Resource : wikimedia.org
Christian Art Galleries | Image Resource : wikimedia.org
Even the sculpture gallery, the western bronzes gallery, the contemporary gallery and the Christian art galleries of this eminent museum are equally interesting and knowledgeable to take a tour around.