Maritime Museum

The historic port city of Galle is best understood by visiting the national maritime museum as it provides a comprehensive history of the port city ranging from ship wrecks to flora and fauna and the general society of Galle.

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Culture and heritage:

  • Located inside the Galle fort, the maritime museum gives valuable insight to the life and times of the people dating back to pre-colonial times and the changes it has gone through as a result of colonisation.
  • The museum displays many boat models and priceless relics, such as artillery cannons and gunpowder barrels belonging to the colonial naval and merchant ships that have wrecked along the southern coast of the country.
  • It is a marine lover’s dream since it gives valuable insight into the flora and fauna such as corals, algae, plankton, turtles, sea birds and other mammals that inhabit the coastal belt which sustain the marine eco system.

Interesting Facts

  • It was initially a Dutch warehouse during the 1600s and eventually became an administrative complex for the local government.
  • The complex was fully converted into a museum in 1992 and still remains to be the only museum that showcases the biological and anthropological aspects of the southern coast of Sri Lanka.
  • The displays also include many ancient relics belonging to histories of other countries, mainly in the East Asian region.

Times, Seasons and Tips

  • There is no specific season to visit the museum as it is opened throughout the year.
  • The museum is opened from 9.00am to 5.00pm and charges LKR 300 per head and includes a video documentary of all the artifacts displayed giving you prior knowledge of the significance of them beforehand.

In conclusion, the national maritime museum is your one stop shop to obtain a comprehensive knowledge of the city and the southern coast of Sri Lanka in the fields of natural sciences and the social sciences as well.

Title image by: Jehan Gamalathge The information displayed is provided by Maritime Museum

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LKR 300
LKR 150


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