Photo Credit : Pedro Ribeiro Simões
The museum was established by the efforts of the late Reverent Bishop of Kochi Dr. Joseph Kureethra, in a proposition to protect and showcase the rich cultural heritage and Portuguese influence.
This museum now displays the Portuguese influences on Fort Kochi and the surrounding areas, especially the western parts of Kochi.
The museum has five main sections: Altar, Treasure, Procession, Civil Life and Cathedral. The display part comprise of a piece of altar of 16th century made in teak and 18th-19th century’s Indo-Portuguese Monstrance from the Church of Our Lady of Hope Vypeen, a 19th century chasuble from Bishop’s House Fort Kochi, a 17th century processional cross made out of silver and wood from Santa Cruz Cathedral Fort Kochi.
The Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation has also contributed sculptures, precious metal objects and vestments to the collection of the museum.
The museum is located inside the compound of the Bishop’s House at Fort Kochi.