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Fine but more history is needed

As other reviews have said, the museum is a bit muddled. We were hoping for more of a history of... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Kate W
London, United Kingdom
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Not many Exhibits

The museum is housed in an old Dutch Building, which has 2 floors. You enter through the top floor... read more

Reviewed 5 weeks ago
Bengaluru, India
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Queens Street | Galle Fort, Galle 80000, Sri Lanka
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

As other reviews have said, the museum is a bit muddled. We were hoping for more of a history of Galle and it’s various inhabitants but it wasn’t really there. There was very little in fact about trade routes, what was traded etc. Some of...More

Thank Kate W
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The museum is housed in an old Dutch Building, which has 2 floors. You enter through the top floor and exit through the ground floor, which is bang opposite the District Courts. There are not many exhibits of value and interest. But you just go...More

Thank StevenP3423
Reviewed 25 August 2018

It used to be that this museum had many ancient Sri Lankan artifacts. Bur now half the small old museum is occupied by ghastly nouveau riche flavoured gilded figures of Chinese. With Sri Lanka so indebted to China with Chinese loans Sri Lanka cannot pay...More

Thank Kevin E
Reviewed 24 August 2018

In a lovely yellow Portugese era building is this quirky and interesting museum. Marine archeology is such an undervalued area and this museum explains how the peices in it were found.

Thank imaginelle
Reviewed 7 August 2018

As we are interested in naval history, we were looking forward to this museum, which we found to be so disappointing. Limited exhibits that were poorly displayed with quirky English translations that made little sense and gave very little information on the history of Galle....More

Thank Robbie S
Reviewed 6 August 2018 via mobile

I can recommend this museum to everyone interested interested in Sri Lanka’s colonial past. The museum is located in an old Dutch East India trading company warehouse. The excavated shipwrecks yielded many interesting historical items that are on display in the museum. Especially much items...More

Thank StormyThunder
Reviewed 17 July 2018 via mobile

Went to visit this museum this afternoon. Ripped off at the entrance. Rip off admission fee for foreigners which is accepted in Sri Lanka. Gave 2000 rupees and the attendant said I only gave him 1000. Tried to disguise his actions by taking a bundle...More

2  Thank Nigel G
Reviewed 16 July 2018

The museum we visited for a price of 300 Rupees was in the old Dutch warehouse, There were boats, no one would call them ships by any modern standard. Turns out there are TWO museums. The two museums are in the same building but are...More

Thank Titus D
Reviewed 10 July 2018

This was ok to visit but there's probably more to see just wandering the streets of the fort. A good place to take respite from the heat of the day.

Thank need2holiday
Reviewed 26 April 2018

The Maritime Archaeology Museum is housed in an old and very large Dutch Warehouse that is supposedly being restored. The same building also houses the Maritime Museum and I can't help wondering why both can't be merged to create a better visitor experience. The staff...More

1  Thank rohansourjah
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