Maritime Archeology Museum, Galle

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Set in an old Dutch warehouse built in 1671, Maritime Archeology Museum features glass bottles, naval craft, and various antiquities recovered from at least 26 shipwrecks. A model of a 17th-century Dutch ship broken in half by the sea stands amid barrels, artillery guns, beer mugs, smoking pipes, and other accessories of seafaring. Situated within a historical fort, the museum recreates the experience of early modern trade in a harbor difficult to navigate. Watch the informative 15-minute video introduction, and ask the enthusiastic and knowledgeable staff any questions you might have. Put Maritime Archeology Museum into our Galle trip maker to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Galle.
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  • This museum includes parts fed back to the surface and from the many shipwrecks in the region. Small introductory film at the start of visit. Few parts however.
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  • Very interesting artifacts in this museum. It did not flow well,and not sure why some of the pieces were in this museum, seems like they collected items and added all together and hoped.  more »
  • First we have to state that the museum itself wasn't that bad. There are a few nice items to watch and you can spend some time away from the heat. However the price of 775 Rs. per person is way too mu...  more »
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  • The museum is cozy and nice. There are two entrances but the main one is on the top. The ticket for foreigners are priced at 5$ and for locals 50rs. It's worth the price though. As soon as you get in you see a large model of a ship. The museum experience starts with a detailed video about the Galle fort and the bays around and then about the maritime archeological finds. Then you go to the museum and it's four sections. Each with a bit of difference but same ambience. You get a brief history about everything. The bottleneck finds look really intriguing. On the ground floor you'll see the spoils from the ship and the huge anchor, cannon and such. It's a nice experience if you are in Galle fort.
  • This is a large museum so don't be fooled by the small one next to it! The entrance is upstairs, not from the main road. The displays are very well placed, the museum itself is well organized.
  • Interesting place. Starts with a video detailing many of the discoveries in the local seas and bays (This is in a chilled room and can play havoc with camera lenses!). Great galleries with finds of various ages, including icons and statues washed up in the tsunami of 2004. Well worth a visit (there is a charge).
  • You hardly believe there's a such modern and interesting museum here. All facilities are new and exhibitions are of great interest. USD5 as tickets is not cheap but fair. Pity that we only had 15mins while it worth spending an hour to explore.
  • Very tiny museum. Not too much of information. Not at all worth the cost of entry. You can safely skip this.

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A handful of accommodations can be found within the walls of the historic fort at Galle, including upmarket hotels and simple guesthouses, although the relatively few options usually can't cater to the number of visitors to the old town. Unless you reserve your spot well in advance, chances are you'll be looking just north of the fort where, closer to the waterfront, sit a range of upscale boutiques with sea views, and further back, a good number of simpler guesthouses and hotels. Nearby beach towns, and Colombo, remain popular places to stay among visitors just wanting to take a day trip to Galle.
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