The 1612-built and decomissioned Aguada Central Jail in Goa changed into an interactive museum


There may be a lot extra to Goa than simply seashores, shacks and its get together scene. With a historical past so eventful, Goa has many untold tales to inform. And, Aguad Interactive Museum: The Land, The Individuals, and The Battle is an effort in that course. The recently-launched museum, which is ready in a decommissioned jail, narrates the story of the previous Portuguese colony as numerous blocks — landmarks and their significance, freedom fighters and their battle, prehistoric findings, and the wealthy biodiversity of Goa.

The museum is a repository of Goa’s historical past
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“The Aguada Fort and Jail Advanced is one in all Goa’s most recognisable landmarks. It has been round for over 400 years. The jail advanced moved to a brand new location in 2015-2016, and the erstwhile one has virtually been reinvented as a repository of Goa’s historical past. That is necessary as a result of whereas we’ve got grown up with a great understanding of British historical past, Portuguese historical past is one thing that almost all solely have peripheral information of.

“The Museum showcases the historical past of the jail, of Goa from effectively earlier than the Portuguese, the liberation motion that culminated in 1961, to at present’s Goa,” says Naveen Chopra, group CEO, Waterfront Experiences, which is liable for managing Aguad.

Revolutionary story merchandising machine

Commissioned by the Goa Tourism Improvement Company (GTDC) and designed and conceptualised by Oorja Interactive and Delta Applied sciences, the Aguad Interactive Museum, makes use of know-how as a device for storytelling. The narrative unfolds via 3D interactive maps, modern Story Merchandising Machines, holographic installations and gamified time machines. There are 35 kiosks throughout three rooms.

The primary, Goa — The Land, permits guests to see well-known websites and offers them the possibility to make use of the “Uncover Goa” console to find out about lesser-known info in regards to the metropolis. Brief story excerpts are allotted by the ingenious Story Merchandising Machine.

Gamified time machine

Inside view of the museum

Inside view of the museum
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The second room, Goa — The Battle, consists of the gamified Time Machine that gives guests insights into historic dates with a easy pull of a lever. The interactive Freedom Fighters Wall permits guests to attach with the tales of freedom fighters, whereas the ‘Message In A Bottle’ exhibit permits guests to know in-depth the ideas of the liberty fighters.

Vinayak Nayak, CEO, Delta Applied sciences, who has curated the present says, “There may be a whole wall devoted to freedom fighters reminiscent of T.B. Cunha and Libia Lobo. And on the alternative facet, we’ve got all the main points of Operation Vijay — the “armed motion” involving air, sea and land strikes to liberate Goa from the Portuguese rule. Guests may also pay tribute by urgent a button — flowers will fall on the ft of the liberty fighters. Individuals spend time right here to learn what everybody right here has carried out for the liberty battle.”

With a view to finish press censorship in Portuguese-colonised Goa, Libia Lobo and fellow freedom fighter Vaman Sardesai based the underground radio stations Voz de Liberdade (in Portuguese), Goenche Sadvonecho Awaz (in Konkani), and the “Voice of Freedom” (in English).

Glimpse into Goa’s archaeology

A visitor looking at an exhibit.

A customer an exhibit.
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Within the third room, Goa — The Individuals, viewers are given a glimpse of Goa’s ethnography and anthropology. It options charming kiosks reminiscent of ‘As soon as Upon a Time’, which explores prehistoric findings, ‘Goenkar’, for locating outstanding Goans, and the soulful ‘Music of Goa’. Guests may also witness Goa’s cultural imaginative and prescient in ‘Goa 2035’, via a charming holographic set up.

Explaining the necessity for the museum to be with none tangible artefacts, Chopra says: “This place by no means was a museum. It was at all times a jail. It was the port and customs home; and a museum by itself would require artefacts. On this case, the digital format might be one of the simplest ways to do it. Being digital additionally helps, as our audiences are youthful and aware of digital codecs.”

Nicely-informed panel

The freedom fighter panel at the museum

The liberty fighter panel on the museum
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In response to Chopra, the data put out has been fact-checked by historians, students, and consultants reminiscent of Hansel Vaz for Feni and Parag Rangnekar for biodiversity. “If we ever want to alter content material, it’s straightforward to do. If there’s one thing that requires a tweak, it may be carried out in a single day. Now we have 32 kiosks, and every tells a narrative, in about 50-70 slides. Now we have been ready to make use of this area each successfully. Bodily artefacts may need wanted ten instances this area,” provides Chopra.

The group has additionally positioned in-built metrics to gauge the variety of guests and people who have truly gone via the slides. The museum additionally provides handouts to guests so that they carry one thing tangible from their go to. “We even have pledges which can be mailed to guests at a later date. An e mail/SMS goes to them saying you’ve got pledged to not use plastic bottles, and so forth. Now we have acquired about 25 forms of pledges,” says Nayak.

The museum additionally homes a restaurant, a restaurant, a tea store and a jetty-bar.

(The Aguada Port and Jail Advanced is positioned in Sinquerim, Goa. Tickets are priced from Rs 200. For particulars, name 83800 11612)

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