Museum of Christian Art
Museum of Christian Art
4.5
Speciality MuseumsArt MuseumsHistory Museums
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
About
The Museum of Christian Art located in the 17th century Convent of Santa Monica in Old Goa, is the first such Museum in Asia and houses objects exclusively related to Christian Art. The Museum has a collection of unique indo-portuguese artworks many of which have been donated to the Museum, for the benefit, enjoyment and education of the general public - be it locals, tourists as well as researchers.The Museum mission statement is to preserve, showcase and highlight Goa’s unique Christian Art, which forms part of Goa’s rich heritage through innovative display and exhibition, conservation and educational programmes.
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  • R R
    Boston, Massachusetts11 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing museum! Don't miss it
    We had a fantastic visit to MoCA. The museum has an impressive collection that is displayed in state of the art exhibition space. Exhibition labels are clear and informative. The staff have also done excellent conservation and restoration work. We had a tour with Benjamin, who was an outstanding guide. He really knew his stuff and spent well over the allotted time with us. One of the best museums I have visited in my eight months in India.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 14 January 2024
  • Pamela J
    Boston, Massachusetts51 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent installation, interesting collection, superb tour
    The museum's collection is beautifully installed, with great lighting. We booked a tour, which exceeded our expectations. Our guide, Benjamin Monserrate, is a very knowledgeable and engaging curatorial associate. I am an art historian who has worked a bit on Goa, and my daughter is an historian of Indian trade, and we both benefited from Ben's presentation. Don't miss this wonderful collection, and be sure to book a tour.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 15 January 2024
  • Franck12170
    New Delhi, India1,494 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful small modern museum in an historical building
    What a surprise: a small museum of great quality, perfectly clean and friendly staff. Very modest entry fee and small shop. Entrance is right after the Santa Monica church and in fact the museum is installed in the other part of the church. Beautiful religious artefacts from around Goa dating from 17th to 20th century:in gold, silver, precious wood or ivory. Must to be seen while visiting Old Goa!
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 26 January 2024
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Franck12170
New Delhi, India1,494 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
What a surprise: a small museum of great quality, perfectly clean and friendly staff. Very modest entry fee and small shop. Entrance is right after the Santa Monica church and in fact the museum is installed in the other part of the church. Beautiful religious artefacts from around Goa dating from 17th to 20th century:in gold, silver, precious wood or ivory. Must to be seen while visiting Old Goa!
Written 26 January 2024
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Pamela J
Boston, MA51 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
The museum's collection is beautifully installed, with great lighting. We booked a tour, which exceeded our expectations. Our guide, Benjamin Monserrate, is a very knowledgeable and engaging curatorial associate. I am an art historian who has worked a bit on Goa, and my daughter is an historian of Indian trade, and we both benefited from Ben's presentation. Don't miss this wonderful collection, and be sure to book a tour.
Written 15 January 2024
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R R
Boston, MA11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
We had a fantastic visit to MoCA. The museum has an impressive collection that is displayed in state of the art exhibition space. Exhibition labels are clear and informative. The staff have also done excellent conservation and restoration work. We had a tour with Benjamin, who was an outstanding guide. He really knew his stuff and spent well over the allotted time with us. One of the best museums I have visited in my eight months in India.
Written 15 January 2024
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Pankaj Agrawal
New Delhi, India20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Family
Excellent collection and very well organized and presented. The only drawback was that the hall was not air conditioned
Written 7 June 2023
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Andrew
San Francisco, CA1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
Beautifully restored museum that is part of a 400-year old convent and perched on the Holy Hill in Old Goa. The museum houses some of the most treasured artifacts of Christian Art that represent a wonderful fusion of Portuguese and Indian artistic talent and craftsmanship.

This museum is not to be missed and is a mere 15-minute walk from the Basilica of Bom Jesus.
Written 18 February 2023
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Dennis C
Goa, India17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022 • Friends
We took the walking tour of the Holy Hill conducted by MoCA. I have to say it was a really awesome and highly  informative experience.
There are so many tiny unknown gems of historic and symbolic significance that we are unaware of.
Our tour guides Noah and Fraiser were a treasure trove of these hidden facts and are happy to engage and share their knowledge.
Their dedication and insights with regard to architecture as well as history is outstanding.
This isn't a regular 'guided tour'. It is very interactive and also a fun experience, not straight laced and sombre.
The walk lasts about 3 hours (average) and covers the main monuments of the oldest church OUR LADY OF ROSARY, THE ROYAL CHAPEL OF ST ANTHONY, RUINS OF ST AUGUSTINE, CHURCH OF ST MONICA and the MUSEUM of CHRISTIAN ART

There were so many surprises- A tree of life, a Jain influenced plaque, a fort like facade that's actually a church inside, a rain water harvesting system and so much more to discover.
The museum has been very well designed, laid out and built. There are some fabulous artifacts, art works, stauary and lots more that is very well presented and displayed.
One has to appreciate the conservation work that is a constant battle against the elements and (at times)uncivil visitors to the precincts. Both MoCA and ASI need to be lauded for this.
Considering the nominal charge for the tour, we were treated to some exceptionally great light refreshments at the cafe. (You don't have to be on a tour to enjoy the Cafe!! )

All in all this is lovely and eye opening way to spend a morning.

Oh yes, one more thing... our tour group were privileged to have Fraiser sing for us in the magnificent acoustics of the museum. 
Written 1 March 2022
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BataviaLady
New Delhi, India28 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021
We visited this small museum in an old convent right after our walking tour of Old Goa, and it was well worth the effort. The museum is small and beautifully presented and curated, with some magnificent pieces of art. The small church with its old ceramic tiles is also interesting. There is a small gift shop with nice things and a garden cafe. Highly recommended!
Written 15 January 2022
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sankalansarkar
Mumbai, India273 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021
What I think needs to be done to increase footfall at the museum is to add explanations about basic Christian concepts like what a tabernacle monstrance is, and why Mary is called by so many names - Immaculate Conception and Lady of the Rosary and so on. Unless visitors, especially those not familiar with these terms, are clear about these concepts, the exhibits would become dolls that do not talk; objects that do not tell a story.

Among the many sculptures and carvings of divine figures in typical Christian costumes like cassocks and flowing gowns at the museum, I spotted an intriguing 4-inch ivory sculpture draped in a saree. It was titled Nirmala Matha. No other detail was provided, except that it was from the 20th century; and that it was a donation from a priest in Benaulim.

She stood bare feet on a lotus. She had her hair left loose, wore a crown and a necklace and was surrounded by an ornamentation (like ‘Daaker Saaj’ behind Durga idols) of conches, most probably. If I weren’t in the Museum of Christian Art, I would have mistaken her for a Hindu Goddess, maybe Lakshmi or Saraswati.
But then, there was the crescent moon on which Mother Mary stands, and there was the typical tilt of her head, and the dove right above.

So who is this Nirmala Matha?

Not able to withhold my curiosity any longer, I checked the internet. Nirmala is Hindi for Pure. Immaculate. She was the Immaculate Mother (Mary).

Ever since the beginning of the Portuguese occupation of Goa, there has been an amalgamation of the West and the East, the global and the local, Portugal and India, but never have I seen an intermingling of the two as pronounced as what I saw here.

PS: I always thought ivory was dead/murdered elephant tusk. Here I got to know that it could be Hippopotamus teeth as well (and on checking the internet, I found it could also be walrus and warthog and whale).
Written 30 December 2021
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Nazia Mazaruddin Sayed
Vasco da Gama, India114 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019 • Family
This is very nice museum. All the things presented vary well . It is not only present Christianity but also Hinduism. Also have collection of rups history and collection . There is tickets of 10 rups .
Written 27 March 2019
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Amy D
New Delhi, India234 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2018 • Family
Museum is magnificient , good collection of artefacts located adjacent to convent st. monica . one can reach there by bus , cab or auto .it has a collection of indo portuguese christian art - also has a collection of gold items , ivory ,rosaries , precious stone - all are mindblowing . has a entry ticket too which is reasonable. for photo you have to pay extra. open at 9 am .must visit.
Written 10 May 2018
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Dear Amy D, Thank you for your review. Warm regards Team MoCA
Written 12 August 2020
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