There are quite a few wonderful a things about Goa tourism that sometimes miss the attention of travellers as people usually search only for beaches, restaurants, and venues for nightlife. While these are definitely some of the major claims to fame for Goa, it is also true that there are lots of other captivating attractions in Goa. For instance, there are quite a few lovely art galleries and museums crammed full of various exciting exhibits. So, here’s presenting some interesting tidbits on 5 famous museums in Goa.
Ashvek Vintage World
This place offers a somewhat different experience from what one usually gets at some of the other museums in Goa. In fact, if you are not too keen upon historical relics but want to check out Goa museums, this may well be the place for you. The Ashvek Vintage World is especially a hit amongst vintage car aficionados. It is believed to Goa’s only and the first of vintage car museums and showrooms. The most popular exhibits have been the rare two-engine Vandall tempo, 1931 Peugeot, 1939 Mercedes 170, 1961 Datsun Fairlady, 1948 Chevrolet Fleetmaster, and Morris 8.
Archaeological Museum and Portrait Gallery
Managed by the Archaeological Survey of India, it was established in 1964. The Archaeological Museum and Portrait Gallery is part of the convent section of the Church of St. Francis of Assisi. This makes it all the more popular as an add on sightseeing attraction amongst many visitors. There are as many as 8 galleries in the museum for housing the displays. These galleries have specific themes such as Portuguese rule over Goa, prehistoric Goa, and early history of Goa. The Medieval period has been especially well covered. Visitors get to check out a world of interesting exhibits such as wooden sculptures, pillars, postage stamps, portraits, daggers, rifles, swords, and old inscriptions.
Goa State Museum
With almost around 8,000 stimulating artefacts on display, the State Museum has made its impact upon Goa Tourism in a big way. It is located in the EDC Complex in Patto. The most well known of the artefacts include sculptures and other memorabilia pertaining to Hinduism and Jainism. There are 14 galleries housing the myriad displays. Further interesting exhibits include rare coins, carvings, anthropological objects, paintings, ancient woodwork, bronze work, and stone sculptures.
Naval Aviation Museum
Goa tourism also has something on offer for military buffs. The Naval Aviation Museum showcases the various developments in the Indian Navy. The museum has two parts, the outdoor exhibit and the double storeyed indoor gallery. There are two Military Aviation museums in India with the Naval Aviation Museum of Goa being one of the two. Amongst the various defence exhibits, the 13 aircrafts here draw lots of curious crowds.
Goa Science Centre
The Goa Science Centre is a division of the National Council of Science Museums(NCSM). This place has also made a significant contribution to the Goa tourism scene. It is spread out over an area of about 5 acres. A big park and beautifully manicured lawns ensure a soothing visual appeal. Science Shows are held on a daily basis for children. Besides, there are Cyberlab Shows, Science Demonstration Lectures, Taramandal Shows, 3-D Film Shows, and Science Shows as well. It is easily one of the most famous of the museums in Goa.