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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. Plan to visit Maritime Archeology Museum during your Galle vacation using our convenient Galle vacation generator.
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  • This museum, the starfort structure and some monkeys are my best of Galle fort ;-) The museum is nice and there is an effort to do some storytelling even though the collections are a bit scattered so ...  more »
  • One can get a feast of the Dutch culture of yesteryears and also the way trade was done from the Galle fort in those days  more »
  • Because we had caught a rainy day on our trip, we visited the exhibition. The building is a converted colonial House and the price of admission is not cheap, but it is acceptable. The Museum also can be maintained. Shipwrecks, a video installation and information about the maritime history of Galle are quite interesting. Some panels were however difficult to decipher. We enjoyed the tour, but it is not a must for visitors to bile!
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  • No water in water parlour. No good bathroom facilities. Cafeteria was closed on Sunday terrible place. But I liked it because it was a good place and I learnt a lot about maritime archeology there
  • This museum preserves many interesting monuments of ancient Sri Lanka. It feels like we just lived in the past when we see those nicely arranged remains and illustrations of the ancient life style.
  • Only maritime museum in the country. Lot of stuff there to you at it. Very helpful staff "
  • This museum is one of the popular tourist attractions in the Galle, which was started in 2010 by Central Cutural Fund. This museum tells the story of Sri Lanka through the maritime archaeological findings around the country. This museum is very Spacious compared to other museums in Sri Lanka and has good description boards. There is an audio visual room and conference hall inside the museum. If you want to see a small video about Maritime Archaeology in Sri Lanka, please ask at the front desk. There is a Central Cultural Fund book and replica shop. You can buy books published by the Central Cultural Fund and replicas of popular Sri Lanka archaeological monuments created by the well trained craftmans of Bataliya Replica Center of Central Cutural Fund. The canteen inside the museum is not functioning. The museum is closed on Poya day and public holidays.
  • A few people seem to be confusing this museum with the Maritime Archeological Museum which is upstairs and a completely separate ( and charged ) facility. This museum is suitable for school children really, as it tells ( and displays ) very rudimentary information about local seafaring and oceanography. A visit of not more than 10-15 minutes is appropriate, unless you have kids needing advice on the displays. At 300Rs it is barely value.