Museum of Goa (MOG) is a private contemporary art space. Founded by Dr. Subodh Kerkar in 2015, the Museum celebrates Goa’s history and people through contemporary art. MOG is envisioned not just as a repository of objects, but as a laboratory of ideas where all forms of art are in constant dialogue with each other.
The Museum seeks to bring art and local history to larger audiences, in an attempt to bridge the huge cultural gap in the country. Apart from taking contemporary art to the larger public, we are also a pedagogical experiment in narrating history.
Histories of Goa, a permanent exhibition at the Museum, offers a glimpse into the multiple histories of the state, highlighting lesser known stories of its storied past. The exhibition showcases contemporary artists from Goa, as well as artwork inspired by the state. Our gallery is always on the lookout for exciting and new creators to contribute to this dynamic collection.
MOG, also hosts temporary exhibitions all year round, showcasing the best talents from Goa and around the world. Exhibitions at MOG are disparate in their medium and diverse in their messages.
To share our love for art, we organize workshops, art courses, lectures, musical performances and residencies for budding artists. Our weekly lecture series, MOG SUNDAYS, hosts eminent artists, scholars and activists, who speak on subjects close to their heart. The programme strives to bring the finest minds to the people of Goa.
The Museum is housed in a three-storey, 16,000 square foot, building designed by Goan architect, Dean D’cruz, in Pilerne. Adjoining the Museum building is our Sculpture Garden, which displays a few of Dr. Kerkar’s most famous works, including the Carpet of Joy.
MOG translates to ‘love’ in Konkani, and we believe that love and empathy are the tools with which to build the future.
Is the Museum closed on holidays?
The Museum is open from Tuesday to Sunday, Monday Closed. We are open on all holidays as well.
How big is the Museum?
The Museum consists of 3 floors and a sculpture garden. It is one of the largest Contemporary art spaces in India.
Is photography allowed at the Museum?
Yes, photography is allowed at the Museum. Please remember to mantain a safe distance from the artwork. Don’t forget to tag us in your social media posts! (@museumofgoa)
How long does it take for me to cover the whole museum?
It will take around 45 mins to 1 hour to look at the entire museum. We also have a documentary which is 15 minutes long that will give you an insight into what sort of artworks are there in this museum, what was the idea behind creating this space, etc.
What are the provisions included in the ticket?
The ticket includes viewing of the artworks in all 3 floors and the sculpture garden. It also includes a documentary which is 15 minutes long, that will give you an insight into what sort of artworks are there in this museum, what was the idea behind creating this space, etc.
Will I be able to understand the artworks without a guide?
The artworks are accompanied by detailed description and artist statements that are written in English. Reading them would give you a proper insight about the artwork. If you additionally need to discuss the art work, our team on the floor will be happy to talk to you.
Are the artworks displayed at MOG for sale?
Yes, the museum doubles up as a gallery, and some of the works presented are for sale. The museum representatives will be able to help you with pricing and purchasing the artworks.
Can my children visit the Museum alone?
For the safety of our guests, all children below the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
Are there any spaces catered towards children at the museum?
Yes, the museum has a Children’s Art Studio (CAS) that hosts a variety of painting, colouring and other art activities, with a built in play area. The Children’s art studio also conducts regular workshops, with expert artists based in Goa. CAS also hosts art driven birthday parties. The charges for CAS are not included in the ticket.
Send us a text on Whatsapp to this number (80105 65923) if you wish to be part of the broadcast group to receive updates on upcoming workshops.
Does MOG organise any events?
Yes, MOG has a regular sunday event called “MOG sundays”, where experts in different fields give talks and lectures on their area of expertise. MOG also hosts events other than MOG sundays, such as plays and performances.
How do I stay informed on upcoming events at MOG?
Join our broadcast list! Our broadcast list will update you on all the happenings at MOG well in advance so that our broadcast members can plant their visit. This includes updates about upcoming MOG sunday talks, as well as any other event that is scheduled. Send us a text on WhatsApp to this number (77220 89666) if you wish to be a part of the broadcast list.
Apart from this you can follow us on Instagram @museumofgoa for all updates.
Do I have to pay separately for a guided tour?
Guided tours of the Museum are charged separately. Our story tellers trained in the arts, and storytelling, speak multiple languages to ensure that you have the most memorable visit.
Museum Director, Subodh Kerkar, gives special tours as well. We highly recommend you pre-book tours of your preference (only for the larger group of people).
Is the Museum wheelchair accessible?
The Museum is wheelchair accessible, and our staff are trained to be accommodating of all our guest’s needs.
Can I come to the Museum just to visit the Shop? If so, do I have to pay the admission fee?
Visitors are welcome to walk directly into the shop, which is just inside the main entrance. No admission fee needed.
Does the Museum provide food and beverage?
The Museum Cafe has a delicious and versatile menu with vegetarian and non-vegetarian options, all of which are not covered by the entrance fee. To reduce wastages, we recommend visitors bring water bottles for refills as opposed to buying water bottles at the Museum.
Is the Museum an accurate representation of Goa?
The Museum of Goa serves as a contemporary art space where each artwork narrates stories of Goa. There are paintings, sculptures, digital artefacts as well as art installations which tells you stories about Goa History.
Is this a historical museum?
The Museum of Goa is a contemporary art museum, which narrates stories of Goa through the lens of over 20+ Goan artists. It offers an insight into Goan history and allows visitors to understand the artworks as a response to history, rather than a representation of it.
Is the Museum owned publicly or privately?
MOG is a privately owned contemporary art Museum, founded and owned by Goan artist Subodh Kerkar.
I am an artist, how can I get my work exhibited at the Museum?
Please email [email protected] with information about you, your artwork and images of your artwork and representatives from the Museum curatorial department will get in touch with you at the earliest. Please allow for one work week between sending in your message to receiving a reply.
Does the Museum accept artwork donations?
The Museum relies on the patronage of the public, and in this sense, welcomes donations. However, any artwork accepted by the Museum must be approved by the Museum’s curatorial department. Please forward images and descriptions of the artwork you consider donating to us at [email protected].