Goa Ancestral Museum

About Goa Ancestral Museum
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Ancestral Goa Museum, Big Foot, Loutolim, Panjim-Madgaon Highway, Goa

Open & Close:

Everyday-10:00 AM – 06:00 PM

Entry Fees:

For Adults - INR 100 pp

For Children - INR 50 pp


INR 20 pp


Approx 1-2 hrs


Introduces with ancient lifestyle of the Goa people.

Ancestral Goa Museum is also known as Big Foot Museum. It is a place to have a glimpse of old or bygone era of Goa. This museum is situated in a village named Loutolim. A journey of experiencing old Goa starts from entering the museum itself. There is a large armoured warrior statue at the entrance of the museum. Visitors are welcomed in Goan tradition. Ancestral Goa is one of the famous tourist attractions in Goa.

Big Foot: There is a big footprint atop on a rock. This large footprint is inside a cave-like temple, because of this footprint the museum is also known as ‘Big Foot Museum’. It is said that a wish is fulfilled if asked while the heart is touching the big foot.

Big Foot Dance Floor: Beside the huge footprint, there is a large dance floor shaped like a foot. This giant foot, in general, serves as a versatile venue for all types of functions and events. The area of this floor is about 9000 square meter and almost 2500 can accommodate here.

Saint Mirabai Sculpture: It is a huge sculpture of size 14 meters by 5 meters. This sculpture is in Laterite stone sculpture made by Maendra Jocelino Araujo Alvares in Roman style just in 30 days. The sculpture has influence of the Gandhara School of Art. Kumkum on the forehead, armlet, patti on her wrists and paisona around her ankles are carved in Saint Mirabai Sculpturethis sculpture. There is a specific kind of ornament ‘Fullam’ worn by Goan Hindu Women. Fullam is worn on head and this too is carved on sculpture. This adds a rare effect in sculpture. This sculpture has been listed as the “longest laterite sculpture of India” in Limca book of Records in the year of 1996, in ‘Unique World Records’, ‘Book of Records of India’ and ‘World Records India’ in 2012.

Culture and tradition of old Goa can be seen through sculptures of different kinds. Sculptures are such that they describe dressing pattern, market, rich and poor people, and lifestyle including various aspects. Colourful life-size statues depict lifestyle, occupation, transportation, celebrations,weddings, religious life and tradition of old Goa.The different coexisting cultures of that time are portrayed beautifully.

JOAO- The Goan Farmer: The farmers of Goa used to live in houses made of mud, stones and other local material. A symbolic house in this way is made and things used by farmers are shown like ploughing instrument, Ghumat: a musical instrument, cowshed etc. are shown within and around this room.

ANMARE- the basket weaver: Hand-made basket of bamboo and cane were woven by the basket maker. These baskets were an everyday item made and sold in bulk. A woman is shown while weaving a basket.

KASANITA- the barber: Barber was a one of busiest trader who usually sat under a tree or teen shed shelter. Homemade oils for massage, sharp blades, wooden comb, and mirror were the instruments of the trader. A sculpture depicting a barber cutting hair of a child is really worth watching.

GOKULDAS- the carpenter: A carpenter while doing his work is shown in a sculpture. The hand-made wooden furniture of Goa is still unique.

ZOVOINTO- the bangle seller: The bangle seller was a roaming trader who used to visit house to house to sell bangles of different colors. In Goan tradition, multicolored bangles were worn by a girl to be bride, red by bride and black by the widow. A sculpture shows a seller and a woman sitting at her door.

Taverna: Goa has liquor in abundance and liquor shop in Goa is known as Taverna. In ancestral Goa, after a hard day work, the labourers used to sit with each other and along with talks played a game ‘Tablam’. A sculpture displaying the sale of famous Goan Nectar ‘Feni’ between two persons are presented.

The other occupations portrayed as sculpture like fishing, blacksmith, potter, cobbler, gram seller.

Art gallery: The art gallery contains almost twenty paintings. Thematic art shows are organized in this gallery occasionally but these shows are not restricted to the paintings only, some other kinds of art work like clay pottery, cloth painting, metal art etc are also included in these shows.

Handicraft Fair: Traditional and local craft items made of cane, bamboo and clay are sold in this fair.

Tinto: It is an open local market where local needs & commodities like fish, meat, vegetables, fruits,baskets are sold and purchased on a daily basis. This market structure is shown as a group of sculpture.

Artifacts from China, Japan, Portugal and Goa can be found there in an outdoor exhibition in a street. It will take around one hour to visit Ancestral Goa Museum. A guided tour can be organized to visit this museum. One can be a part of audio guided tour for detailed explanation of tradition and culture of old Goa. Now, a loudspeaker facility is also being started in Hindi, and description in English is also given along with the artifact. It is at a distance of 9 km from Margaon and 29 km from Panjim.KTC buses run on the Panjim- Margaon highway. One can hire taxi or bike to reach the museum.

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