Goa State Museum is located in Panjim, which is the capital city of Goa. This new museum complex, located in the EDC Complex in Patto, was inaugurated by the President of India on June 18th, 1996. Prior to this date, artifacts was set up in the Department of Archives in Goa by the Archeology & Museum unit. Thereafter, a small museum was opened to the public on September 29th, 1977 in a rented building at St. Inez, also in Panjim.
The museum currently has around 8,000 artifacts on display, which include stone sculptures, wooden objects, carvings, bronzes, paintings, manuscripts, rare coins, numismatic collection, and anthropological objects. It is well known among other museums for its collection of Hindu and Jain artifacts and sculptures.
Admission to Goa State Museum is free. It is open Monday to Saturday from 9.30 a.m. to 5.30 p.m.
The Goa State Museum currently has fourteen galleries:
- Sculpture Gallery
- Christian Art Gallery
- Printing History Gallery
- Banerji Art Gallery
- Religious Expression Gallery
- Cultural Anthropology
- Contemporary Art Gallery
- Numismatics Gallery
- Goa’s Freedom Struggle Gallery
- Menezes Braganza Gallery
- Furniture Gallery
- Natural Heritage of Goa Gallery
- Environment & Development Gallery
- Geology Gallery