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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  • The visit begins with a short video about the waters around Sri Lanka. Museum quite dark inside and the majority of items on display are bits found on the sea beds. Some interesting old fishing vessel...  more »
  • I'm at the Museum because it was a rainy day was. 750 SLR tickets cost Solze. You can see a short film to start. Then there are two exhibition halls. Imgroßen and whole boring.
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  • Small museum on the eastern side of Galle Fort. Takes about an hour to get around with some interesting exhibits and historical information on Galle itself. Worth a look for sure  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.
  • They had discount rates for indians! yey! Though not sure why. It was a good museum with detailed explanation of things. As you enter watch the small movie which gives a good background of things you are about to see. Its a small museum and won't take you more than 20-25 minutes. Good visit in Galle.
  • 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.
  • Showcases the maritime history of Srilanka. Interesting objects not purely maritime in nature but also those related to the maritime history. Exhibits have descriptive plaques. Still photography is permitted. Admission fee is reduces for visitors from SAARC countries.
  • Excellent placr. nice photos and artifacts. they ate allowing us to takr photos.

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