Goa today may be known for its high-flying party life and sunny beaches frequented by foreigners, but the state has centuries of rural history that most people are not aware of. To bridge this gap in awareness, artist Maendra Jocelino Araujo Alvares runs the Ancestral Goa Museum in Loutolim Goa, around 25 km from Panaji and just 10 km from Margao. The open air museum, also called Big Foot Cross Museum, is a bright and unique establishment that recreates ancient Goan rural life. The model village has figures and structures that showcase the social classes and occupations of villagers who lived in Goa centuries ago. Artisans, fishermen, farmers, liquor shops and a village market are showcased here. ALSO READ: Breathtaking Museums in Goa for a Dose of History
The museum also has an art gallery that showcases the work of famous artists in Goa and the rest of India, along with local children. A handicraft center sells locally made handicrafts to take back a little of ancient Goa with you. There is also a bird habitat, spice yard and a spring called Boca da Vaca. The highlight here, apart from the model village, is a massive 14-meter sculpture of Saint Mirabai, a revered Hindu saint who worshiped the god Krishna. The sculpture has been created by Alvares himself, and is considered the tallest laterite sculpture in the country. You can get a guide to take you through the museum, or explore the exhibits on your own.
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