Galle National Museum, Galle

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The National Museum of Galle is one of the national museums of Sri Lanka. It is located in the oldest remaining Dutch building in the Galle fort, Galle, a single storey colonnaded Dutch building built in 1656 as the commissariat store for the Dutch garrison at the fort. It subsequently served as a billiards room for the adjoining New Oriental Hotel . The building was renovated by the Department of National Museums and opened on 31 March 1986.
The museum houses a limited collection of exhibits from the Portuguese, Dutch and British periods. It has three main galleries, the first contains collections relating to the area's cottage industries, primarily turtle shell jewellery manufacturing, Beeralu lace weaving and traditional wooden mask carving. The second contains a collection of Dutch period furniture and weaponry. The final gallery, the 'Sri Lanka China Friendship Gallery', was opened on 10 September 2013. It is dedicated to the historical and archeological evidence of trade relations between China and Sri Lanka, with displays on the Chinese Buddhist monk Faxian and the 14th Century Fleet Admiral Zheng He .
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  • We came just before closing time but the personel gave us enough time to see all the cabinets and spend time to explain exhibited material. We had an interesting change of information. Because of the....  more »
  • In need of attention, the displays are of the usual: Weapons, handicrafts, old coins. Gets hot. No A/C. No toilet. But, the Chinese Government decided to make a large donation and an entire room is...  more »
  • Quite small museum, anyway we got some knowledge. Some explanation tables are provided, what is good and so we could read about the history. In comparison with Polonaruwa museum, this one is much more informative. The historical museum in Galle Fort has a lot to say, but is not in such good condition than this one.
  • Good to have this in Srilanka

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