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Museum of Christian Art, Goa

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  • The Museum, tucked away from the rush at the Church of Bom Jesu in old Goa, is a beautiful, compact well-curated space. The objects are well displayed within the heritage structure and reflect the sto...  more »
  • Set in lovely cool building Cultural overload Too much to take in on one quick visit unfortunately You need a couple of hours minimum to do it justice  more »
  • This converted church looks really impressive from the outside and indeed, probably once was impressive inside. Alas, as of July 2015, most of it is under renovation and closed off. The only room that...  more »
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  • My experience here was incredibly bad; first of all the entry fee is Rs 50 (too pricey), which I was willing to pay. I handed the attendent a note of Rs 2000, but the attendent refused to accept it, as she didn't have change. I tried to look out for change in vain; her boss was nearby and he had just finished talking on the phone. Immediately he rudely told me off saying, "then I cannot let you in." I was incredibly disappointed, as I had travelled all the way from London, exclusively to visit this museum. I understand that there are issues with money currently in India, but it's not the customer's fault for not having change.
  • Nice collection but its very limited. Entrt fees is on the higher side(₹50) and fees for photography inside the museum is ₹150.
  • This Museum houses some of the best specimens of Goa´s distinctive and exquisitely crafted church art. The collection also includes rosaries and other items made of gold and precious stone.
  • Was a youngish journalist when it was being launched circa 1994, if I recall correctly, at its first home at the Rachol Seminary, closer to Margao. It has since been shifted to Old Goa and has been building itself here. Curator Natasha Fernandes is friendly and helpful. They have activities at the museum too. It has a good collection, some priceless objects... but one needs to take an interest and understand to get to know its truth worth. Check out some of the books, CDs etc available for sale here. I don't think you could do justice to its exhibits if you're in a touristic hurry. According to the institution, three years prior to the inauguration of the Museum in 1994, Prof. Teotonio R. De Sousa, then Director, Xavier Center of Historical Research had been entrusted to prepare an inventory of the art objects in the churches and main chapels of Goa, which he did so painstakingly with field assistance of Fausto Colaco and Felix Ferrao. Based on this inventory, Ms. Maria Helena Mendes Pinto (Curator of Arte Antiga, Lisbon) and Ms. M.da Conceicao Borges (also of the same Museum) after a round through the churches and chapels made a final selection of the art objects to be displayed in the Museum. I recall the role played by the young Victor Hugo Gomes, an artist who has gone on to set up him own museums since, in those early days....
  • Great place if you want to see Christian community culture.