Museum / Gallery
At a distance of 1.5 km from Diu Bus Station, Diu Museum is a prominent museum located in Diu. Situated near St. Paul's Church, it is one of the museums in the Union Territory of Diu - Daman and among the must-visit places in Diu town.
The museum was set up in the St. Thomas Church, hence it is called as St. Thomas Church Museum. The church was built in 1598 by an order of Bishop D. Aleixo Menezes and was the first Parish Church of Diu. Lies on an elevated platform within the Diu Fort, the church was built in the Gothic style of architecture. This edifice came under various functions like an Orphanage, Old Age Home, Police Station and prior to liberation, it housed the Angolan Battalion. Post-liberation, it was abandoned for many years. Later in 1992, the church was converted into a museum. After the conversion of the building to the museum, the church does not organize prayer services anymore, although an annual mass is held on All Saint's Day on 1st November.
St. Thomas Museum houses numerous stone inscriptions of ancient rulers, antique statues, multi-colored fountains, wood carvings and idols, shadow-clocks and various other vital artifacts, all of which give us a peek into the history of Diu and its past when it was colonized by the Portuguese. This museum also features 400 years old wooden and marble statues of St. Thomas and St. Benedict. It is an archaeological treasure house.
Timings: 9 AM - 7 PM