Culture & Heritage
Ancestral Goa & Big Foot - Loutolim
Brain child of Goan artist, Maendra J. Alvares, is a miniature Goan village as it would have existed 100 years ago. It aptly showcases Goa’s unique lifestyle that consists of a blend of Indian and European influences over four centuries. It also houses the single-handedly carved India’s longest laterite sculpture of Sant Mirabai (Hindu Saint). A must visit!
Open: Sun – Sat, from 09.00 - 18.00 hours.
Museum of Christian Art, Old Goa
This is Asia’s only museum featuring a collection of items pertaining to the emergence of Christianity in the state. Located in annexe, Convent of Santa Monica in Old Goa, the Museum of Christian Art is famed for its impressive collection of sculptures, furniture, ivory, paintings, textiles and metals. One of the well-known sculptures is the Holy Trinity showing the culmination of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit as a symbolic representation. There are several other exhibits that are centuries old and depict the overpowering prevalence of Christianity in Goa several centuries ago.
Open: All days, from 9.30 – 17.00 hours.
Houses of Goa, Porvorim
Located in Torda, Salvador do Mundo, Bardez this museum presents a stunning exterior and interior architecture given that it was designed by the renowned Gerard Da Cunha. The design of the Houses of Goa befits its stature as a place that houses artifacts that depict the history of architecture in Goa. The displays present interesting facts about European and Portuguese building practices during the colonial times. The renowned Mario Gallery displaying the paintings of Goa’s legendary painter Mario Miranda is also on display and sale here.
Open: Tues - Sun, from 10.00 – 19.30 hours.
Museum of Goa (MOG)
MOG is the largest contemporary art space in Goa, with galleries, a sculpture garden, a café, a museum store and an auditorium. Founded by well known and award winning Goan artist, Subodh Kerkar, his love for contemporary art and sculptural installation, land art and conceptual art has taken him to prestigious platforms across India and world over.
MOG brings together artists, curators, collectors, art enthusiasts, educationists, students and audiences from all walks of life. It is a space for exhibitions, but also organizes art workshops, art residencies, lectures, talks and art courses.