The Museum of Christian (MoCA), Old Goa, reopened its doors to visitors on 23rd January 2021, which also marked the 27th Anniversary of the Museum.
The Museum was reopened by His Grace the Archbishop of Goa and Daman, Filipe Neri Ferrao, in the presence of the members of the Managing Committee and the Museum staff.
Work on the exciting and ambitious upgradation project prepared and executed jointly by MoCA and the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (Portugal) which commenced in 2017 included structural restoration of the building, a new interior museographic layout and conservation of art objects was in its final stage early last year when it had to be abruptly stopped due to the pandemic. In the meanwhile, it was decided to reopen some sections of the Museum to the public early this year. A formal reopening with the complete installation will take place at a later date.
Some of the highlights in the Museum collection include
- 16th century gilt silver Chalice with bells
- 17th century ivory image of Jesus, the Good Shepherd
- 17th century wooden Chest of drawers
- 17th century silver Pelican Tabernacle and Monstrance
- 19th century ivory image of Infant Jesus in a silver bed
- 19th century silver cruets
- 20th century ivory image of Virgin Mary (Nirmala Mata)
The Museum encourages visitors to plan and book their visit to the Museum in advance. All social distancing protocols as prescribed by the authorities will be followed at the Museum.
The Museum is open on all days from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. MoCA also houses an in-house souvenir shop and a cafe.