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Museum of Christian Art, Goa India

Welcome to the proposed site of the Museum of Christian Art at Old Goa, Goa. This is meant to be a simple yet workable site ....

The Museum of Christian Art symbolizes an effort to showcase the richness of Indo-Portuguese Christian Art from Goa. It highlights a part of Goa’s heritage that is badly neglected and if not preserved, will be lost forever.

The Museum of Christian Art showcases the wealth found in the various churches built by the Portuguese in Goa as well as some donations by private families. Intended to be a representative collection, every object displayed in the museum, reflects the immense wealth of the churches of Goa.

Asia’s first Museum of Christian Art was initially located at the Seminary of Rachol, Salcette, Goa, where it was inaugurated in 1994. The Museum is now relocated within the Convent of Santa Monica, Old Goa, in the vicinity of world Heritage Monuments.

The central theme in the selection of objects for this Museum, apart from their antiquity is the Indian (predominantly Hindu) contribution to Christian Art. It is this that has made the Museum unique.

The aim in setting up this Museum is to:

  • Conserve and exhibit valuable objects for public viewing.
  • Create a love for such objects that reveal the rich heritage of our ancestors.
  • Motivate people to treasure such objects in their own Churches and homes.
  • Cooperate in efforts for preservation of objects of Sacred Art.

The Museum is a project of the Archdiocese and its administration is under the control of the same. The setting up of this Museum would have not been possible without the technical assistance, guidance and monetary help received from the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon, the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage, New Delhi, and from many other well wishers and workers who dedicated their valuable time and talent to the Museum.