Historical Mansion Museum, Galle

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  • Not exactly a museum per se. They have a good collection of antiques in that place though. They do sell gem stones, jewellery etc. It’s basically a jewellery store in disguise.  more »
  • A quirky place, the museum to some might be a hodgepodge of this and that but the eclectic collection of Abdul Gaffer, a wealthy gentleman, is worth a visit. The currency from around the world was...  more »
  • It's a very good place for antique lovers. Some Dutch period items are not even available at national museum.
  • Though Galle is a UNESCO world heritage site the Historical mansion museum in Galle preserves the originality of the Tourism destination of Galle, Sri Lanka. Since Portuguese were reached to Ceylon unexpectedly, they have influenced to develop, change and improve our culture. The historical mansion museum is a privately owned museum, initiated by Abdul gaffer. Abdul Gaffar, the creator was prompted to build this museum because of the ‘Salarjung museum’ in India. On behalf of that, he collected and exhibits miscellaneous things. It must be pointed out that this mansion is a characteristically Dutch architectural feature. This supposed to be a stalwart attraction to draw attention, of the tourists. On the other hand, there are negative affections too. In 1640, Portuguese had to hand over the colonial country, Ceylon to the Dutch. Finally, British conquered Ceylon and ruled till 1948. However, all these invasions had been affected by the development of Galle.  The mansion is settled in a grandeur colonial Dutch house. Further, this may be the largest private museum in Sri Lanka. Perhaps you may get amazed seeing the equipment placed in the museum. Rather it is not just a museum but a shop that sell stationary table clothes, handicrafts, antiques, jewelry etc. Sometimes it will be a rare experience to buy such exhibited things (All most all the things are for sale) in a museum. A gem shop is also positioned in the museum. Looming over the museum you will be asked to see a live embroidery presentation (‘beeralu lace’) or a sapphire cutting and polishing. The embroidery art, done with ‘beeralu lace’ was a significant industry introduced by Portuguese. A wide range of brick a brac is preserved in good condition. Perhaps the climax of the museum deemed to be the Dutch well in the central court yard. There a stone slab sculptured in1763.  Chinese Porcelain plates and mugs which have the printed VOC symbol are recently preserved. Not only that but also there are fashionable tea cups and kettles, with printed head of Queen Elizabeth 2 in the museum.  Significantly the museum doesn’t charge you a fee at the entrance. You can visit the national maritime museum situated near the fort too. Galle is famous for several industries like handicrafts made of turtle shells, and buffalo horns. While on stroll you may be capable of seeing them. For as much as turtles are faced with extinction, these handicrafts are much rare

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