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Maritime Archeology Museum, Galle
(2.7/5 based on 140+ reviews on the web)
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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  • Only takes 30 minutes at the most and it has some interesting relics. Recently refurbished and housed in an old Dutch building from the 1600s. Cost about USD 5 to enter 
  • Always interesting to see the history (in this case, as pre-history) of the places we visit.
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  • Aftermath of Tsunami on 26th December 2004, the museum was completely destroyed and all the expositions were damaged. Under Sri Lanka – Netherlands Cultural Co-operation Program, the Royal Government ...  more »
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  • Aftermath of Tsunami on 26th December 2004, the museum was completely destroyed and all the expositions were damaged. Under Sri Lanka – Netherlands Cultural Co-operation Program, the Royal Government of Netherlands provided financial assistance for reconstruction of the Maritime Museum. After 3 years period of reconstruction, now the Maritime Museum has opened to the public.
  • The National Maritime Museum in Galle, Sri Lanka is situated within Galle Fort. It was first opened to the public on 9 May 1992 and is located in a 1671 Dutch Warehouse above the Old Gate of Galle Fort. Whilst the building housing the museum survived the impact of the 26 December 2004 Tsunami, the adjoining UNESCO Maritime Archaeology Unit was completely destroyed and all the exhibitions were flood damaged and the majority of maritime archeological artifacts were lost. Under Sri Lanka – Netherlands Cultural Co-operation Program, the Royal Government of Netherlands provided financial assistance for reconstruction of the Maritime Museum. After 3 years period of reconstruction, the Maritime Museum was re-opened to the public.
  • Great place to learn about the history of navel activity related to the ancient Sri Lanka.. Information taking is little bit poor. But good place after all.
  • Galle Maritime Museum is the only museum which aware the public on marine biological and anthropological aspects of Southern coastal area.
  • Good place to see some old stuff and history. Just LKR 50 for locals.