Have time to spare? Take some time off your holiday schedule to visit two of Goa’s unique museums
History resides in any nook, monument or street in Goa. With such a rich past, its no surprise that the sunny State has seen the rise of many museums. Two store houses of heritage that worthy a mention are Goa Cruti in Benaulim and Ashvek Vintage World along the Nuvem highway.
Both located in the South are interesting stops for any history buffs.
Goa Cruti Museum: Benaulim
Goa Cruti Museum is the third latest addition to Goa Chakra’s formidable collection. Founded by Victor Hugo Gomes in Benaulim, his museums are a beautiful recollection of a Goa that was and a reminder to the future generations of a heritage that we were once proud of.
The museum houses impressive exhaustive collections of artefacts from the legal and medical profession some of which have gone out of sight a long time ago. The photographs of Goa’s first judges, some of which may not be found in our courtrooms, take their pride of place on the walls,
He has also painstakingly put together Goa’s colonial furniture from simple patterns of the low middle class to the exotic design of the upper middle class aristocracy. It also includes a wide display of crockery and cutlery from the 18th and 19th century. Ceramics, glassware, silverware, brassware and a variety of household goods are on display here.
The next few rooms take you through the medical practise of old. From rare instruments of surgery, ENT, dentistry, pharmacy and maternity care, the exhibits provides some remarkable insights into an age-long campaign against illness, disease and injury.
His collection never ceases to amaze. Stop by and you’ll be impressed.
Ashvek Vintage World: Nuvem
These beauties may be off the roads, but auto buffs will get a glimpse of these old wheels at Ashvek Vintage World. Over the years, the owner Pradeep Naik from Margao has been driving his passion for vintage cars to create a museum that brings them all these under one roof. From the Maharajas stables to individuals he has gone a long mile to procure the oldies like a VW Limo, Morris Minor pickup, Austin Shummy 1927 and many more. His recent purchase has been a Benz Motowagon replica from 1986.
He’s also adding a vast collection of scale models of cars, tractors, wagons from across the world and various motoring manufactures. Apart from this he’s got belt buckles, cups, cup holders, shot glasses, key chains and other memorabilia that will be on display soon.
So shift gears and enjoy a ride back in time.