Martin Wickramasinghe Folk Museum Complex, Galle

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Get an insight to the culture of Sri Lanka at Martin Wickramasinghe Folk Museum Complex, and learn about the famous writer’s life. Martin Wickramasinghe chose Sinhalese to be his primary language, and worked hard to promote its traditions and culture through literature. The cabin where Mr. Wickramasinghe grew up has now been converted into this museum, which displays a chronicle of his life and his written manuscripts, presented among his well-preserved furniture and personal effects. After the cabin, visit the exhibit devoted to Sri Lankan folklore, a special project of Wickramasinghe's. It hosts collections of tools, folk puppetry, masks, musical instruments, and utensils. Take a picnic in the grounds surrounding the small complex, which provides an enchanting rural landscape. Plan your Martin Wickramasinghe Folk Museum Complex visit and explore what else you can see and do in Galle using our Galle road trip planning tool .
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  • We found this a fascinating place and knowing nothing about this man was surprised at his life. It is not a normal experience for overseas visitors we surmise but the old buildings and gardens are a h...  more »
  • This museum was a pleasant surprise. I was staying in a hotel in Koggala in 3 minute walking distance from the museum but postponed the visit until the end of my vacation as I didn't think the museum ...  more »
  • This is the best Folk museum Sri lanka, Martin wickramasinghe '' The Farther of the modern sinhala literature '', here you can see his home and overview of his life and also the place is a huge collec...  more »

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