The Naval Aviation Museum is one of the two such military museums in India, and is located on a plateau in Bogmalo around 6 kms from the city of Vasco Da Gama. The museum was opened to the public in 1998 and started with a modest collection of 6 planes. But since then it has transformed into one of the largest museums of its type in the world.
The museum is divided into two parts: the two storied inner exhibit and the outer exhibit. The inner exhibit displays the history of India’s Naval Forces with pictures and artefacts from all the battles. The exhibits that catch the eye after entering the inner exhibit are the huge models of INS Vikrant and INS Virat in the room. The rest of the rooms are designed keeping INS Virat’s interior in mind. The various rooms that are present are – The Armament Room, The Sonobuoys Room, The Attire Room, and The Suraksha Room. These rooms are built for displaying missiles/warheads, sensors, evolution of the uniforms and protection gears used in the navy and air forces. There is also the Room of Silence used for meditation and Shradhanjali (Tribute Room) where tribute is paid to the soldiers who fought for India from 1958-97.
The outer exhibit pays tribute to the aviation wing of the army and displays several real airplanes and airplane engines and it is a huge hit with children and adults alike. It currently holds a collection of 13 aircrafts which include the likes of The Giant Lockheed – a military transport plane, The Sea Harrier – a single sitter Jet Fighter, The Westland Sea King – an anti-submarine Commando troop helicopter amongst many others.
Another attraction that no one should miss is the Multimedia Room that holds games and simulators. The simulator allows a visitor to feel like he’s sitting inside the cockpit of a fighter plane and is a huge hit. After all who hasn’t dreamt of being a fighter pilot in her/his childhood? There is also a souvenir shop that allows you to takes back keys, caps, wallets, amongst others as remembrance.