Down a long winding side road, off Porvorim’s main highway, set like an architectural jewel in the ever encroaching emerald forest, is the small but perfectly formed “Houses of Goa Museum”.
My wife discover this little gem as she was returning from dropping one of the children at their friend’s house. Always looking for somewhere to fill the hours of a monsoon Sunday we headed past the crowds entering the Mall de Goa and within a few minutes we’d parked up outside the quirky iron shaped building.
A bonus of visiting on a Sunday is the reduced cost – only Rps25 per person – and for a large family every rupee counts! Unfortunately the adjoining Mario Miranda Gallery is closed on a Sunday.
The museum is a beautiful piece of architecture set over 4-floors – and whilst the exhibits are mainly photographic and wall mounted architectural elements – it is the building that is the real attraction. The quirkyness of the design and the spiral staircase which acts as a centre-piece complete a beautifully conceived building which is fun and inspiring for kids and adults alike.