The Indo-Portuguese Museum was set up by the late Bishop of Kochi to preserve and showcase the significant influence of the Portuguese Catholic community in Fort Kochi and its surrounding areas. It depicts the art, architecture, and culture of this community and is a popular attraction for visitors to Kochi.
The museum is divided into five main sections, each relating to the particular type of artefacts on display. These sections are: Altar, Treasure, Procession, Civil Life and Cathedral. It’s home to some well-known collections of artistic and architectural merit, all of which bear the mark of Portuguese influence. Some of the most famous and interesting pieces include part of a teak-wood church altar from the 16th century, a 19th-century chasuble, a processional cross made from silver and wood, and the notable Coat of Arms of the Franciscans.
The Indo-Portuguese Museum is located inside the grounds of the Bishop's House in Fort Kochi. The nearest railway station is Ernakulam around 12 kilometers away but it’s easily reachable from almost anywhere in the Fort Kochi area. Opening hours are 10am to 5pm daily, although the museum is closed on Mondays and public holidays. There is a small entrance fee most days, with free entry on the first Thursday of every month.