Located at a distance of hardly 8 km from Panaji, the Houses of Goa Museum provides a glimpse into the prevalent architectural practices of colonial Goa. It is a hidden gem located in the hamlet of Salvador-do-Mundo and it was conceptualised by Goa's famous architect- Gerard Da Cunha. If you wish to know what the confluence of the east and west looks like, then tag along with us as we give you a peek through this historical window!
A treat for architecture-enthusiasts!
With furniture, home decor items, door and window frames, railings and much more from the colonial era, the Houses of Goa Museum stands as a testimony to the bygone era. It is a reflection of how Portuguese architecture became a part of the Goan lifestyle over the years. This museum is spread across three levels which display umpteen artefacts that will be of interest to those who love the vintage decor.
The first level is adorned by a series of sketches that showcase the history of Goa and this pictorial narrative is by artist Mario Miranda. On the next level, you can spot a collection of household items, like a mirror, a wooden coat hanger and an umbrella, amid a plethora of other knick-knacks. Piquing your interest on the third floor will be a display, that features all things that belong within a typical Goan home including balcãos and vibrant Tulsi vrindavans.
Can't get enough of the Latin Quarters? If yes, then the Houses of Goa Museum should definitely be on your list of places to visit, whenever the pandemic permits. Also, while you are learning about Goan architecture, do not forget to sit back and marvel at the ship-structured building which houses this museum!