Museum of Christian Art

Museum of Christian Art, Goa Velha: Hours, Address, Museum of Christian Art Reviews: 4.5/5

Museum of Christian Art
4.5
Speciality Museums • Art Museums • History Museums
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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
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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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Dennis C
Goa, India15 contributions
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
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
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
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
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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Written 12 August 2020
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Manish K
Dubai, United Arab Emirates3,968 contributions
Aug 2017 • Family
The Museum of Christian Art is located next to the Convent of St. Monica and not too far from the Se Cathedral and Basilica of Bom Jesus in Old Goa. Housed in a recently renovated building, the museum offers a good collection of Indo-Portuguese artefacts, which shaped Goa as we know it today.

The collection is spread across 2 floors, but at times, the display seemed rather random. Also, a separate charge is payable for taking photos, which along with the entrance fee, makes a visit to this museum a rather expensive affair. One can spend around 30 minutes here,
Written 3 March 2018
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Written 12 August 2020
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Paras P
12 contributions
Aug 2017 • Couples
It has a good collection of artifacts. Best to visit with someone (Catholic parents in my case) who has some knowledge of the significance of the items for the Christian culture.
Written 26 January 2018
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Kiran Ponnanna
Bengaluru, India295 contributions
Nov 2017 • Family
This museum is right in front of the famous St. Augustine Tower. This is a museum where you can find different cultures. The art is very well displayed in a compact place. If you love art then you must and should visit this place (That doesn't mean its not meant for the people who are not interested in art). On a whole its worth visiting for everyone.
Written 18 January 2018
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Written 12 August 2020
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Footprints727663
987 contributions
Oct 2017 • Family
I went to Museum of Christian Art. The Museum of Christian Art, reputed to be the only one of its kind in whole of Asia.The fabulous array of preserved art objects includes rosaries, crosses, statues, paintings, and other items made of gold and precious stone. It is great place to go.
Written 29 October 2017
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Written 12 August 2020
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Rinald D
1 contribution
Aug 2017 • Friends
The Museum of Christian Art is a very niche museum that showcases Indo-European art as it found its expression in Christian imagery and worship during the Portuguese rule in Goa. It is interesting to see how natives interpreted a European culture to meet their own sensibilities as it had also come to shape their religion and worldview. It is very well located in the Convent of Santa Monica in the historic city of Old Goa and amidst the UNESCO World Heritage monuments. If you love art, then this museum is a must see.
Written 3 September 2017
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Written 12 August 2020
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