Although most of us might assume that museums at their core are for educational purposes, these incredible sites full of treasure display a nation’s identity; such is the National Maritime Museum in Galle.
History of the National Maritime Museum in Galle
Found within the boundaries of the Galle Fort, the museum located in the Dutch Warehouse building opened its doors to the public in 1992. The original entrance to the fort divides the ground floor of the two-storied building. Unlike the other constructions from the latter part of the 17th century, a section of the building has been embodied into the ramparts of the Galle Fort.
Among the many things to do in Galle, visiting the vast and historical Galle Fort is often not missed by locals and tourists alike. If you are based in a nearby accommodation option such as Cantaloupe Aqua, the museum is less than a 30 minute drive away.
The special exhibits
The museum houses many marine artefacts found from underwater discoveries. The exhibits feature, naval crafts, earthenware, smoking pipes, barrels and artillery guns among many other historical articles some of which are nearly 800 years old.
The reopening of the museum
The museum was severely affected by the tsunami disaster in the year of 2004. Only 20% of the 3,600 objects discovered from the shipwrecks were recovered in aftermath of the disaster. After several years of renovation, the museum was reopened in 2010 as the nation’s first National Maritime Archaeology Museum.
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