A museum is a “permanent institution in the service of society and of its development, open to the public, which acquires, conserves, researches, communicates and exhibits the tangible and intangible heritage of humanity and its environment, for the purposes of education, study, and enjoyment”, as defined by the International Council of Museums.
World Konkani Heritage Museum established in World Konkani Centre, Mangalore aims to fulfill the above aspects. It epitomizes the essence of Konkani life, culture and tradition. Konkani speaking people belonging to various communities have spread across the coastal belt for the last 8 to 9 centuries. In the course of their journey of life they might have used various artifacts, equipments, and tools, agricultural implements, hunting tools, kitchen utensils and items and other paraphernalia as part of their daily existence.
To keep this tradition and culture alive the museum has been trying to collect such antiques from different parts of the country and from different Konkani speaking communities so as to preserve them for posterity by using scientific methods of preserving them. The foundation has been making all efforts to collect as many things as possible reflecting diverse and unique Konkani culture.