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Historical Mansion Museum

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Tourist Trap

Wandered in thinking it might be interesting but suddenly found ourselves being shown a lot of... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Royal Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
via mobile
Interesting collection of old items, plus craftspeople at work

The museum is in a historic building and is pretty much collections of items in cases and on the... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Joy M
Stratham, New Hampshire
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31-39 Leyn Baan Street | Dutch Fort Galle, Galle 80000, Sri Lanka
+94 91 2 234114
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Wandered in thinking it might be interesting but suddenly found ourselves being shown a lot of stuff that simply didn’t interest us. As we were only in Galle for a couple of days and had better things to do we made a swift exit. Having...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank 307cliver
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were actually quite keen to see a bit of the history of Galle/Sri Lanka (especially when it's not a massive museum, and when it's free) and quite enjoyed walked around and seeing the old stuff - typewriters, bottles, ivory and ebony carvings, knifes, anchors,...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank stumac14
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Soon after I walked in, a man explained this was a personal collection of a gem merchant. There was no admission charge to the house, but the displays were mostly old pots, china, medical supplies, etc. Several rooms were set up to sell jewelry. So...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank footloosemary
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This museum is one man's collection and there is an amazingly eclectic combination of things, with a leaning towards Dutch items.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank amp-qld
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The museum is in a historic building and is pretty much collections of items in cases and on the walls. There are also several craftspeople creating items they wanted us to buy. Low key sales pitch was easy to walk away from.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Joy M
Reviewed 5 February 2019

This museum should be linked to the Marine architecture museum above to make it worth any money. There is an impressive whale skeleton but apart from that there is little to see and really not worth the 300 rupees to get in. However, the architecture...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Ruth C
Reviewed 29 November 2018 via mobile

A very small museum located inside the galle fort. Mostly collection of old items but not theme. Owner shows you lace along and gem polishing

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank rjpriyanka
Reviewed 26 November 2018 via mobile

This place is located in galle fort. This is but congested and collection of many old things. There are two local people who demonstrate lace making and gem polishing

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Umang A
Reviewed 1 October 2018 via mobile

Awful place full of junk. Not antiques. We were shown round by a volunteer who is actually a gem trader from the half of the building which is a gen store. Avoid

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank 635ruperth
Reviewed 13 September 2018

This place is small and congested, but the collection of artifacts is fantastically superb. There is a vast collection of artifacts ranging from small items like safety pins to large cooking utensils and also various currencies, coins and stamps. The range is vast and awe...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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