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Review of Goa - Chitra

Goa - Chitra
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Private Tour: Braganza House, Goa Chitra Museum, Palacio Do Deao and Ancestral...
Ranked #7 of 20 things to do in Salcette
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: The museum offers an evolving environment of traditional artefacts that provides an experimental context for investigating material culture, re-thinking process and practice, and developing new collaborative approaches. The Goa Chitra museum offers an evolving environment of living installations, public studios, and materials that provides an experimental context for investigating material culture, re-thinking process and practice, and developing new collaborative approaches. Goa Chitra is an active participant and an exceptional place for rethinking things in everyday and extraordinary life. Collection: The ethnographic museum displays over 4000 exhibits which were collected by one man over 25 years. The museum showcases the material culture of Goan's before electricity era and every implement is substantiated with researched documentation that dates back to hundreds of years of evolved wizen.
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Wow!”
Reviewed 3 December 2016 via mobile

Goa is kinda poor for history, and this museum is smth! We were impressed by the collections and the guide.
Museum. Several collections: transport, pottery, agricultural things and so on.
Guide. She knows a lot, besides, she has an answer for every our question.
And a tip: go by feet! Yes, it's far, but you can see so much interesting... For example, we saw tiny furniture plant, where everything is made by hands, we saw a tree with unknown fruirts and a girl, who lived in that house, gave us a present some of them. After cleaning.

Visited December 2016
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Better than expected if you have any interest in ethnography ”
Reviewed 13 September 2016 via mobile

We were not sure what to expect from the Goa Chitra Museum and were prepared to be as bored as anyone with pile of old tools. In fact, it was an excellent experience in every respect. We were lucky to have a devoted and knowledgeable guide, who gave clear explanations about the origin and future plans for the museum project as well as about the various instruments, their uses and the era and location where they were found. You don't have to be an ethnographer to appreciate the museum but don't expect to be superfcially entertained. All you need is a fascination with how rural societies have found solutions to transportation, crop cultivation and harvesting, grain preparation and cooking. Definitely worth the travel time and hour or so-long tour.

Visited September 2016
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Mumbai, India
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“Nice collection of antique carts”
Reviewed 9 September 2016

Nice collection however entry tickets are highly priced. The best attraction is a 400 year old cart that weighs 8 ton and is made of granite wheels, unfortunately was not available for viewing as it had broken down, just got to see the wheels from the covering

Visited September 2016
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Hong Kong, China
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“A private museum with an extensive collection of Artefacts from across India”
Reviewed 23 August 2016

Amazing and biggest collection of carts from various centuries and from different states. Extensive collection of earthenware, pottery, art and even legal and medical equipents from across the century. A privately owned and curated museum, a must visit.

Visited August 2016
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Conflict of Information and Entry Charges”
Reviewed 23 June 2016 via mobile

The website of this museum states there is no entry fee but when you reach at the location you are told that free entry has been discontinued and now you have to pay Rs. 300. It was quite annoying. I requested the guide present there to arrange for a call with the management to clarify the matter. After a couple of requests he dialed Victor's number who owns this private property.

Victor was made aware that their website that was last updated in 2009 still says that entry is free and that is the window available to public for getting right information, and presenting misleading or wrong information is an offence. Instead of apologising for the mistake he started criticising government for not supporting and aiding arts in the country.

I am not against entry fee but didn't like the attitude of the management. They must update the information related to entry charges on their official website to ensure the sanctity of the website and customer friendly attitude of the top management.

Visited June 2016
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GoaChitra, Owner at Goa - Chitra, responded to this review, 29 June 2016
We have various types of people visiting Goa Chitra. We have had over 4 lakh visitors since 2009 ranging from young school children to youth, researchers, holiday tourist from all corners of the globe including celebrities like Mr. Gulzhar and Robert di Nero. Ever-so-often we get an odd person seeking to find favors using their own selfish interest to see the museum free.

For reasons better understood by them they quote a paragraph from our website which is misinterpreted only for the sole purpose of gaining free entry.

The following line from our website is understood that entry is free, “…The proposed museum hopes to allow free entry for all interested in viewing the museum in this hope it fulfills most of the objectives.”..

The word hopes is conveniently left out.

The last page of the Goa Chitra website it is clearly mentioned that the entry is at Rs 300/- and special discounts for groups.

On one such occasion a men throwing his weight around with our staff acting arrogant and assertive, barraging that we are in fact selling the museum under false pretext kept flashing his journalist prerogative to gain free entry.

The Goa Chitra management will like to go on record and state that the above mention review is out of selfish interest and personal spite for not encouraging such hoodlums who use their personal profession of a so called “Digital Journalist”, Mr. Jaideep K, to throw his weight around and intimidate young enthusiastic staff who are just doing their duty.

The museum in fact is free for all elders to visit on world elder’s days. School Students are given entry at Rs. 50 , college and PG students at Rs, 100 and all journalist and research scholars, artists, senior citizens are given special consideration on prior phone calls and appointments.
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