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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  • August 5, 2017
    Nice museum with quite a lot to see - good descriptions of all the items. A good place to visit on a hot or rainy day.  more »
  • July 13, 2017
    Indeed, it is a must to visit this museum if you are the least bit interested in navigation and history
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  • July 2, 2017
    Great museum although our visit was self-guided. There are English language markers to tell you a bit about what you are looking at.  more »
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  • July 10, 2017
    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.
  • June 19, 2017
    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.
  • June 9, 2017
    Really well put together museum within a lovely heritage structure. A must visit place for Heritage, Archaeology and History buffs.
  • May 12, 2017
    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...
  • April 2, 2017
    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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