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Address: Queens Street | Galle Fort, Galle 80000, Sri Lanka
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I have been to Galle many times but last time was the first time I noticed the Maritime Archeology Museum. It is a quite spacious museum with lot of artefacts related to marine... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Thilina G
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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have been to Galle many times but last time was the first time I noticed the Maritime Archeology Museum. It is a quite spacious museum with lot of artefacts related to marine industry, shipwrecks, ancient Sri Lankan ports. It will not take more than 2-3 hours to completely go through the artefacts in the museum. Tickets would cost only... More 

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Gampaha, Sri Lanka
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Though I have an interest towards History and Archaeology, I didnt find many good things to see. Their collection was fine, but they could have it improved if given proper attention.

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Hampshire
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Someone had very unkindly written in the visitors book that there was nothing to see. Close your eyes and your mind and it would be true. My wife and I found it fascinating as apart from anything else, it shows why Galle is so important in the history of Sri Lanka. The history of the shipwrecks illustrates the trading patterns... More 

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Thank PuffinPete
Abingdon, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

An interesting collection of artefacts recovered from shipwrecks off the Sri Lankan coast. The introductory video was helpful in explaining the background to the collection and we spent a pleasant couple of hours wandering around the museum. Information boards provided useful descriptions of the various objects.

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Thank piglet47
Bristol, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2017

large museum with lots of space. Relatively expensive. Visit the video room near the entrance as the AC is refreshing. If you enjoy archeology there are plenty of broken pots to look at. There are some interesting exhibits but I would not revisit.

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Thank Yogidom
London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 February 2017

We walked around the walls and the old town and finished here. It taught us about the history of both Sri Lanka and Galle with some interesting artefacts.

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Thank TinyMin
Olympia, Washington
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 February 2017

The museum we visited for a 300 rs price was in the old dutch warehouse, and while I found it worthwhile, there was zero maritime history re the Dutch, Portuguese, Brits. et. al. The museum we visited was about fishing, fishing canoes, how it all worked, and examples of marine life in Sri Lankan waters. As a kid who grew... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 January 2017

We were a bit confused by the conflicting reviews - there are some reviews saying that the museum is small and not well maintained, there were other reviews that stated that the museum was amazing and large. Turns out there are TWO museums, which might be the source of some confusion? We went first to the downstairs is the Maritime... More 

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Thank AnnaS1234
Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 January 2017 via mobile

We were exploring the area when it started to rain whilst we were outside the museum so we decided to pop in. It was pretty small but for a few dollars it was a very interesting museum. Check it out if you're in the area.

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Thank Tammy T
Canterbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2017

Thought it's focus is marine archaeology, there is masses of clearly set out info on many aspects of Sri Lankan life and history. After our visit, much else fell into place. Excellent helpers.(PS. The video is a bit long and over-earnest!)

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