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Historical Mansion Museum

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First sight is a lot of stuff just put behind glass. But let your guide or one of the mansion... read more

Reviewed 21 August 2018
Heerhugowaard, The Netherlands
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All depends on your guide

This 'museum' has a very interesting collection, some of it old and strange or very attractive, and... read more

Reviewed 13 April 2018
Al Ain
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31-39 Leyn Baan Street | Dutch Fort Galle, Galle 80000, Sri Lanka
+94 91 2 234114
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All reviews free entrance interesting collection personal collection lace making precious stones dont charge car boot sale these items jewelry store gem shop gem stones nice place to visit worth a visit galle fort polishing collector coins
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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

Thank Rupert H
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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

Thank StevenP3423
Reviewed 21 August 2018 via mobile

First sight is a lot of stuff just put behind glass. But let your guide or one of the mansion guides tell you about the diffent items and ot just comes alive! Fun old things, lots of history from different periods in history

Thank sanderenyvette
Reviewed 9 August 2018

If you accept that the idea is to show you some interesting stuff and then encourage you to buy jewellery at the end, then you will just enjoy the Museum, and just walk out at the end, leaving a small donation in the box. That...More

Thank Jackie0nHoliday
Reviewed 13 April 2018 via mobile

This 'museum' has a very interesting collection, some of it old and strange or very attractive, and some of it more worthy of a car boot sale (e.g. Charles and Diana engagement souvenir mug). My guide was quite helpful as we went round, but the...More

1  Thank Whonose
Reviewed 28 March 2018

Not sure why this place gets so many good reviews...we were followed around by a "guide" who ushered us around the place, even trying to get in my way when I wanted to go back and re-look at something. Then we were taken to the...More

Thank Martin H
Reviewed 23 March 2018

museum is privately owned by Abdul Gaffer who established it in a classic colonial Dutch house. It exhibits a collection of miscellaneous items ranging from colonial artefacts to other antiquities - with many items available for sale. The museum also houses a gem shop where...More

Thank asankai83
Reviewed 22 February 2018

This is a nice electic collection to stroll around inside an old colonial mansion. An excellent courtyard in the centre with two wonderfully friendly Sinhalese people demonstrating lace making and gem polishing. Also some gem shops and art shops leading off from the courtyard. Well...More

Thank Nimitta
Reviewed 20 February 2018

An eclectic and interesting personal collection in an old merchants house. You come out through their gem shop - wide variety of prices so you may well be tempted!

Thank Lesley S
Reviewed 29 January 2018 via mobile

The building is old and with a beautiful courtyard.This is basically a shop which is called a museum.

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