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The journey of the Museum of Christian Art (MoCA) began on the 23rd of January 1994 at the Seminary of Rachol where it was first housed. Since its inception, MoCA has enriched the cultural heritage and history of Goa.

MoCA was originally set up with the technical and financial assistance from the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Portugal and the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH), New Delhi who have continued their collaboration with MoCA till today.

MoCA is a treasure trove of unique Indo-Portuguese art objects. Every object has a story to tell of the cultural past of India and Portugal. The art objects from MoCA have been sought for international exhibitions in Japan (1999), Brussels (2010), Australia (2015) and Mumbai (2017).

Lectures, Workshops, Exhibitions, Music concerts, Heritage Walks are a few among the many activities carried out by MoCA over the years. MoCA has also played an important role in restoring back to its former glory the 450 year old Church of Santa Monica, Old Goa.

As MoCA advances into its 25th year, we have embarked on an exciting and prestigious project which will totally transform and upgrade MoCA to the latest world standards of Museology as well as vastly enhance visitor experience and conserve Goa’s unique Indo-Portuguese artistic heritage. This Refurbishment Project which is estimated at Rs. 7.5 crores has received a grant of Rs. 4 crores from the Ministry of Culture, New Delhi.

Your contribution to this much needed cause of preserving, for posterity, our rich cultural heritage will be received with gratitude.

To make a generous donation to MoCA

Contact: Museum of Christian Art

Convent of Santa Monica
Old Goa, Goa 403402
Ph: +91 832 2285299

Although MoCA is now closed to visitors due to the ongoing refurbishment works, the restored Church of Santa Monica will remain open every day for visitors. Throughout closure we will be organizing various events and activities. Keep in touch with MoCA for all the latest updates by following us on Facebook: Museum of Christian Art -Old Goa and Instagram: museumofchristianart

Persentation of “A plan for the Reorganisation and Upgradation of the Museum of Christian Art”

The Archbishop’s House, Panjim, on Tuesday 30th. June 2015, was the venue for an excellent Presentation by The Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation on ” A PLAN FOR THE REORGANIZATION AND UPGRADATION OF THE MUSEUM OF CHRISTIAN ART, GOA”  The proposed reorganization Plan is designed to bring the Museum abreast of the latest International standards of Museuology and Museuography.

The Presentation was well attended by a large number of dignitaries and well wishers of the Museum. Among those present, apart from the host, The Archbishop of Goa, Most Rev Filipe Neri Ferrao, were Professor Eduardo Marcal Grilo, Senior Trustee of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Portugal, Honourable Smt. Alina Saldanha, Minister of Museums, Government of Goa, His Excellency Jorge Oliveira Roza, Ambassador for Portugal in India, Honourable Rui Carvalho Baceira, Consul for Portugal in Goa, Shri Nilesh Cabral, Chairman GTDC, Shri Virendra Kumar, Secretary Museums, Government of Goa, Shri Amey Abhayankar,Director of Tourism, Smt. Radha Bhave, Director of Museums and many other distinguished persons from Government, Commerce and Industry.

The Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon, Portugal who, apart from INTACH (The Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage) New Delhi, have been collaborating with the Museum of Christian Art, Goa since its inception over 20 years ago, responded to the Museum’s request for assistance in drawing up a well structured Plan for the reorganization and upgradation of the Museum in keeping with the best practices in Museums globally as well as greatly enhance the visitor’s experience.

The Presentation made by Architect Rita Albergaria of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation followed many months of hard work by a team of Museologists and Architects of the Foundation and the Museum of Christian Art, and a detailed study of the needs of the Museum in all its aspects. The Proposed Plan includes museographic interventions which would help preserve the Museum’s valuable art objects for the future and would include improved show cases as well  as appropriate lighting and humidity. The plan also includes the provision of an elevator to allow access for the disabled to the mezzanine floor -a facility which does not exist at present.

The Presentation was acknowledged by all as being thorough, interesting and embracing all aspects of display, visitor experience and preservation of art objects. Moreover the presentation was of special interest to all, as the proposals applied equally to all other Museum’s desirous of upgradation to current International standards ”