All About Goa's Recently Inaugurated Aguad Interactive Museum

The "Aguad Interactive Museum: Goa—The Land, The Struggle, The People" uses interactive exhibits across three prison cells to showcase Goa's past
The museum is housed in the iconic Aguad Central Jail within Fort Aguada complex
The museum is housed in the iconic Aguad Central Jail within Fort Aguada complexShutterstock

Recently, Goa earned another gem that you must explore when holidaying there next. On October 24, Goa's Tourism Minister Rohan Khaunte unveiled a new museum, "Aguad Interactive Museum: Goa—The Land, The Struggle, The People."

Housed within the decomissioned Aguada Central Jail, which dates to 1612, the museum now houses an exhibit exhibit delving into Goa's past using interactive mediums and technology. Khaunte, in his address, spoke about how the museum is poised to add to the myriad experiences travellers can have in Goa, thereby enhancing their understanding of the region's culture, history and evolution. Moreover, this Goa Tourism Development Corporation-commissioned museum also emphasises the significance of responsible tourism and proves to be educational for tourists.

Goa Tourism Minister Rohan Khaunte inaugurated the museum on October 24
Goa Tourism Minister Rohan Khaunte inaugurated the museum on October 24Rohan Khaunte/X

The museum is spread across three prison cells, with each housing interactive exhibits through which visitors can discover and learn about Goa's various facets.

What's In There?

In Room 1, named "Goa-The Land," you can learn about Goa's iconic sites through an interactive 3D map. With the "Discover Goa" console, you can check out Goa's lesser-known facts, while the unique "Story Vending Machine" narrates snippets from the past in the form of short stories. 

In Room 2, named "Goa-The Struggle," you dive deep into Goa's path to freedom. There is a gamified "Time Machine" offering in-depth detail and insight about key dates and events in history. With the "Freedom Fighters Wall," you can witness the stories of those who led Goa to liberation, while the "Message In A Bottle" feature allows you to know their thoughts more intimately. 

Meanwhile, in Room 3, named "Goa-The People," you can discover Goa's anthropology and ethnography via kiosks like "Once Upon A Time," which explores prehistoric findings. In addition, you must check out "Goenkar" to learn more about Goa's prominent thought leaders. While these features outline the region's history, a kiosk named "Goa 2035" lets you into Goa's cultural vision for the future through a holographic installation.

The museum is a provocative tribute to the Sunshine State's past. While most know and recognise Goa as a party hub, there is so much more to the state that can be learned through this interactive museum. Moreover, this museum sets an example of how technology can be leveraged to give travellers a more immersive experience, as every kiosk comes equipped with a smart content management system. In addition, there's also a mobile-friendly web app that comes with QR codes, through which you can easily access audio guides.

The Information

Address: Aguada - Siolim Rd, Aguada Fort Area, Candolim, Goa 403515

Entry fee: Entry to Fort Aguada is free. However, information for entry to the museum isn't currently available. 

Timings: 10:30 am to 5:00 pm

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