Goa may be known to many for its beaches and booze, but the state has a deep and rich history dating back to a time before there were kings, empires or wars. Goa’s culture is unmatched and incomparable, and it is the result of an evolution that has been going on for millennia, and continues to this day. The Goa State Museum stands to showcase this evolution and is a rather remarkable effort by the government to highlight the culture of the state. The Goa State Museum, also called the State Archaeology Museum, was first opened in rented premises in Panaji in September 1977. It wasn’t until 1996 that the museum opened, this time in its own swanking new building, on the outskirts of the capital city. ALSO READ: Breathtaking Museums in Goa for a Dose of History
You can find seven galleries as of now in the Goa State Museum: the Western Bronzes Gallery, Contemporary Art Gallery, Cultural Anthropology, Religious Expression Gallery, Banerji Art Gallery, Christian Art Gallery and Sculpture Gallery. There are around 8,000 items on exhibition here, including bronzes, paintings, stone sculptures, wooden items, anthropological objects, manuscripts, clay models and more. You can also find around 645 loaned objects from the Kala Academy and Institute Menezes Braganza Art gallery. Photographs from the 4th century, Hero and Sati stones, copper plate inscriptions and other items highlight the lesser known era of Goa before colonization.
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