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 is a very small, single floor museum dedicated to the maritime aspects of the city. It’s a quick visit, with the highlights being the skeleton of a whale suspended on the ceiling (eat your heart ...  more »
  • This is another Sri Lankan museum that is well laid out and interesting. It starts with a film just next to reception, crucially if your melting from the heat, the room has efficient air con. The film...  more »
  • You can visit the Galle maritime museum (entry fee us LKR 385) to see precious items and other artifacts excavated from ship wrecks  more »
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  • Reopened as the country’s first National Maritime Archaeology Museum on March 2010 and after suffering from the December 2014 Tsunami, it's original Dutch warehouse building was fully renovated under a special grant from the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The new museum now has dual access - the upper level entry linked with the present main gate, while the lower level access has reinstated the position of building as a prominent gateway. Apart from showcasing exhibits of marine artefacts found in underwater explorations, there are maps, naval craft, ropes, earthenware, beer mugs, smoking pipes, barrels, vast amount of articles including artillery guns and sailor shoes. These artefacts, some of which nearly are 800 years old were recovered from ship wrecks from the sea off the Southern coast. Absolutely, we enjoyed the knowledgeable and interesting walk throughout in the museum.
  • Museum is well organised and its inside a historic building preserving some of the artefacts recovered off the coast. An introductory video provides bearings to the whole experience.
  • Really well put together museum within a lovely heritage structure. A must visit place for Heritage, Archaeology and History buffs.
  • Another wonderful museum in Sri lanaka...all kinds of tourists can visit here and can see valuable artifacts which founded from underwater.... Not only that we can see lots of ancient inscriptions which are regarding with underwater... And also there is lots of artifacts of advondster ship...
  • 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

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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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