Offering a striking contrast to its party-destination image, there are multiple places in Goa that present its age-old culture to the world. Illuminating the history of Goan architecture- an of amalgamation Konkani and the Portuguese style of design, the Houses of Goa Museum is one such unmissable place in this coastal state.
Tucked away in the Salvador do Mundo (Savior of the World) village in Porvorim, this museum is a quirky multi-level building bearing an uncanny resemblance to a ship marooned on an isle. Read on to know more about this one-of-a-kind museum located away from the bustling city.
One-of-a-kind tourist spot in Goa
Showcasing a compelling story of the impact of the 450 years of Portuguese rule on the architecture of this area, the Houses of Goa Museum offers a sneak peek into the hows and whys of Goan architecture. The amalgamation of the European lifestyle with the Konkani style has given rise to the present-day unique culture of Goa. The blending of these sensibilities is evident in every nook and corner of this museum, right from their doorways to the arches.
While the first floor of the museum is dedicated to texts about the indigenous and Portuguese style of architecture in Goa, the upper-floors house actual parts of Goan homes like a catholic home altar, bedsteads, and much more. A one-of-a-kind tourist spot in the state, this museum is a real-life specimen of the extraordinary beauty of the architecture of Goa.
A gem for all the art, architecture & history buffs!
Dedicated to illuminating Goan history in all its might, this museum was designed by Gerard da Cunha, a renowned architect based in Goa. Only a tour through this ship-like museum can make tourists understand the purpose behind the designs of traditional homes in Goa. A visit to this museum is a must for all the art, architecture and history buffs who intend to take a voyage back in time.
Apart from bringing to the fore all the facets of Goan architecture, this museum also houses the famous Mario Gallery, displaying highly acclaimed works of Goa's celebrated painter Mario Miranda. If you need to relax and process all the new information unravelled at this museum, indulge in a quick snacking session at the tiny canteen on the ground floor of this museum.
If you love discovering quirky places and are planning a trip to Goa, the Houses of Goa Museum should definitely be on your itinerary list. You can also use ₹50 out of the fee charged at the entry to get some snacks or other items that are sold in the museum itself.
Location: House No. 674, Near Nisha's Play School,Torda ,Salvador do Mundo, Penha de França
Timing: 10:00 AM- 7:30 PM ( Open on all days except Monday)
Entry Fee: ₹100 for adults, ₹25 for children.