Archaeological Museum and Portrait Gallery, Old Goa

Archaeological and Portrait Gallery Museum was established in 1964 and currently it run by Archaeological Survey of India department. It is situated in St. Francis of Assisi church on convent section, old Goa city. This museum has total eight galleries to display to tourist which are related to Goa Portuguese ruler period, early period and medieval period. Generally this museum has sculptures, weapons of the Portuguese rule period, stamps, coins and statue of the epic poet. Church of St. Francis of Assisi was built in 1661 by Portuguese ruler it is a Roman Catholic style church which also has two statures st. paul and St peter.

The Archaeological Museum, Goa which is located at the back of Church of the St. Francis of Assisi with the museum and contains many of the beautiful artefacts from the Portuguese rule in India. Some of the portraits which are said to be from the time of Viceroys and Governors of Goa explains the historical importance which is portrayed through the paintings. The collection of stamps along with religious artefacts and many other such treasures makes it a must visit place. The extensive collection of the wooden sculptures along with pillars and hero stones with Persian and Arabic inscriptions along with Portuguese weapons makes the archaeological museum Goa become the cynosure of all eyes.

The extensive collection of the various artefacts and paintings with not only the confluence of Christians and Persians way of architecture but the prominent ways of the Bronze statue of Afonso de Albuqerque in the visitors lobby with seafaring route map shows how VASCO DA GAMA took all the troubles to reach this scenic state. Key Gallery of the museum shows a timeline of the history of Goa through the excavated materials from Chandor and with the ancient capital state of Goa with the artefacts along with displaying with middle and upper Paleolithic stone tools and the ground plan of the ancient Brahmanical temple with early historical antiquities and cast copper coins of 3rd Century B.C. with copper nails along with rings etc are kept on display. If notable features of the Archaeological Museum, Goa with the various Vishnu incarnations notably 10 and carved out of the basalt rock and it dates back to the 18th Century. The most preferred God of many in India and abroad like Mayan civilization the Sun God gets the upright statue of Surya which dates the 12th Century along with many other baptist the John’s wooden sculpture along with the ivory sculptures of Jesus’ Crucifixion makes the museum complete for the lovers of Old is worth the weight of Gold.

How Can reach:- Old Goa city was previous capital of the Portuguese rule period. This city is approx only 11 kilometers far from Goa state current capital city Panaji. Its nearest local railway station is karmali which is only 4.6 kilometers far. It is also well connected to Goa international airport which distance is 25 kilometers. Its distance from Margaon city is 33 kilometers.

Nearest Accommodations:- Shubhankar Heritage Hotel , Hotel Wilsha , Cozy Woods , The Fern Kadamba , Casa Chhabra , Pavni Holidays , Bed&Breakfast in Old Goa , OYO Home , Sharayu green apartment corlim , Gasfields Goa Guest House , Vakratunda.

Weather Temperature

Months Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Average Low (℃) 20.2 20.2 24.6 24.6 24.7 24.7 24.7 24.7 24.7 23.8 21.6 21.6
Average High (℃) 31.8 31.8 32.6 32.6 30.3 30.3 30.3 30.3 30.3 31.7 32.8 32.8

Visit Information:-

Location: Old Goa City

Nearest Bus Stop: Old Goa

Nearest Railway Station: Karmali 2.2 KM

Distance From:-

Dabolim Airport: 25.9 KM

Panjim City: 11.0 KM

Madgaon City: 32.2 KM