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Maritime Archeology Museum

Queens Street | Galle Fort, Galle 80000, Sri Lanka
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Largest Dutch building in Asia, recently made a stunning maritime museum

Best new museum we have been to in a long while. The enormous internal space has been magically... read more

Reviewed 1 January 2017
London, United Kingdom

Some interesting pieces but the explanations were vague and not very specific. More of a 'look what... read more

Reviewed 30 December 2016
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Queens Street | Galle Fort, Galle 80000, Sri Lanka
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Reviewed 1 January 2017

Best new museum we have been to in a long while. The enormous internal space has been magically used to explore the last 5,000 years of Galle and its harbour's history of trade, navigation, and ship evolution, plus the story of all its invasions. Magical...More

Thank richardqeast
Reviewed 30 December 2016 via mobile

Some interesting pieces but the explanations were vague and not very specific. More of a 'look what we found in the harbour' than a story of Galle's maritime past. High entry fee in hindsight.

Reviewed 28 December 2016

Again, this is a bigger place than you think. You can see it all in an orderly fashion though, which is good. Plenty of relics from the Dutch occupation in particular. Loved the mannequins.

Thank Alan S
Reviewed 4 December 2016

Very interesting museum, strange that is closes so early as many people come out to visit the Fort and area in the evening when it is cooler. A visit if you want to read everything would take at least 2 hours but some fascinating exhibits...More

Thank JulianJazzPiano
Reviewed 14 November 2016

Only takes 30 minutes at the most and it has some interesting relics. Recently refurbished and housed in an old Dutch building from the 1600s. Cost about USD 5 to enter

Thank Peter W
Reviewed 3 November 2016

Aftermath of Tsunami on 26th December 2004, the museum was completely destroyed and all the expositions were damaged. Under Sri Lanka – Netherlands Cultural Co-operation Program, the Royal Government of Netherlands provided financial assistance for reconstruction of the Maritime Museum. After 3 years period of...More

Thank KarolaRS
Reviewed 26 October 2016

We were in the Galle Fort area and took the opportunity to visit the Maritime Archaeology Museum - housed in a building the Dutch built in 1672, the longest Dutch building in south Asia. The museum is spread across one and a half floors and...More

Thank Maioha
Reviewed 24 October 2016

It's a bit gloomy and there isn't a whole load of stuff to see, but for an hour or so time commitment there is a reasonable variety of exhibits to hold your attention, and they are fairly well presented. Not essential, but worth dropping in.

Thank Lahiru D
Reviewed 22 September 2016 via mobile

I suspect you need a specific interest in the field of marine archaeology to really enjoy this. I'm a history buff who loves most things antiquated but even I found this a little too dry. Interesting for 5 minutes or so looking at old pots...More

Thank Grumbers
Reviewed 9 August 2016 via mobile

A museum that shouldnt be missed out. Very informative and interesting. The buildings and the strustures are very impressive as well. Its good for a quick visit.

Thank Sherlyn_Diaz
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