Exploring the Culture and History of Goa – Visit to the Goa State Museum

The time spent in Goa so far has been very fruitful. I had visited historic and religious places of Goa during the first day of my visit after which I went to my hotel for dinner and sleep. Next day I decided to start the Goa adventure by a visit to the State Museum of Goa. It is one of the premier locations in Panaji and is very famous among the tourists and locals of Goa.

Goa State Museum
Goa State Museum | Image Resource : wikimedia.org

The museum was inaugurated in the year 1977 which was later expanded in the year 1996. There are many galleries in the museum housing different art, artefacts and themes. There are many galleries which I visited one by one. There are a total of 12 galleries inside the museum complex. Sculpture gallery, Numismatic gallery, Christian art, Furniture, Cultural Anthropology, Contemporary Art, Environment and Development, Goa’s freedom Struggle and religious Expression are some of the famous galleries of the museum.

Sculpture Gallery
Sculpture Gallery | Image Resource : wikimedia.org

There were many interesting arts and artefacts inside all these galleries, some of which were as old as 4th century and so. The sculptures carved from bronze and other famous stones are some of the best attractions of the museum. For the lovers of history and culture numismatic gallery is a must visit as it contains some very rare coins and other artefacts.

Christian Art Gallery
Christian Art Gallery | Image Resource : wikimedia.org

The Christian gallery has some carved statues of saints and other Christian symbols while another gallery known as Banerjee gallery is famous for the ancient seals and coins. There are many annual cultural competitions and programs which are organised by the museum of Goa State.

The visit to the museum is must for all those who wants to learn about the history and culture of Goa. I came to know a lot about the Goan freedom struggle through one of the galleries inside the Museum similarly contemporary art gallery has a lot of information about the art school prevalent in this part of the world.

The visit to the State museum ended with the visit to the religious expression gallery. After this I decided to head for my next destination which was the famous Se Cathedral of Goa.

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"Hi there, my name is Lalit Chandran. I currently reside in ‘Pink city’ i.e. Jaipur where I run a garment export business. Having spent all my childhood in Rajasthan, I fell in love with Indian history and all its glory. So, whenever I get an opportunity, I travel to various places all across India exploring old cities, museums, forts and historic monuments. This blog will catalogue all the places I have visited, people I have met along the way and different cultures I got a chance to experience.

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