Victor Hugo Gomes paid homage to the cultural aspects of Goan history by immortalising it in the annals of the Chitra Museum. Situated approximately 37 km from the capital city, this museum is home to more than 4000 vestiges that help visitors in tracing the evolution of traditional practices and modes of transportation. A detailed exploration of the archaic corridors of this place is a must for every tourist and townie alike, for the knowledge so gained will be more than re-visiting old history books!
Unique way of passing down age-old practices
The collection at Chitra Museum showcases traditional farming tools and other ancient implements, set against the backdrop of a traditional organic farm. The current display of 4000 artefacts has grown out of the 200 items that were stored at Gomes' home. Each artefact here is supplemented by information that was collected by interviewing elders and studying the daily life application of these devices.
Chitra Museum has a unique body of work that truly reflects the universality of the culture of ancient Goa. Further, the structure of this museum amalgamates modern technology with traditional elements, such as wood, stone, doors, windows, pillars and railings. All these materials were salvaged by the designer from more than 300 traditional houses that were being demolished. This highlights the museum's philosophy that resources in today's world should not be wasted.
This body is a conglomerate of three museums- Goa Chitra (the flagship museum), Goa Chakra and Goa Cruti. The main aim of the Founder was to revive age-old traditions through this establishment and outreach programmes, which will allow the younger generation to acquaint themselves with age-old wisdom. We hope that we have furthered this aim by helping you add this destination to your post-pandemic Goa itinerary!
Entry Fee: ₹300
Timings: 9 AM to 6 PM (may differ as per curfew restrictions)
Location: St. John the Baptist church road, Mondo-Waddo, Benaulim, Salcete Goa