Known as much for its impressive architecture as for the splendid collection of ancient artifacts and sculptures, the Goa State Museum has done much to preserve the heritage of the state. The humble origins of the museum can be traced to 1973 when the Archeology and Museum unit was set up in the Department of Archives in Goa.
This unit was accorded the status of a full-fledged museum in 1977 and
was subsequently shifted to the new museum complex at Pato which was
inaugurated by the President of India on 18th June 1996. The State
Museum of Goa houses an eclectic collection of over 8,000 items
including stone sculptures, wooden objects, bronzes, paintings,
manuscripts, numismatic collection, and anthropological objects.
The museum has been divided into twelve galleries for facilitating the
classification and display of the artifacts. While the Sculpture Gallery
features stone sculptures and copper inscriptions, the Contemporary Art
Gallery displays paintings and sculptures of eminent Goan and Indian
artists. The Unique Freedom Struggle Gallery houses rare photographs
that elaborate the freedom struggle of Goa.