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National Maritime Museum (Galle)

Galle Fort, Galle, South Coast, Sri Lanka.
Location : Galle
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The National Maritime Museum in Galle, Sri Lanka is located within the Galle Fort. On March 2010, it was reopened at the Dutch Warehouse of the Galle Fort as the National Maritime Archaeology Museum.
Exhibits of marine artefacts found in underwater explorations are showcased in the museum. There are maps, naval craft, ropes, earthenware, beer mugs, smoking pipes, barrels, vast amount of articles including artillery guns and sailor shoes. Ship wrecks in the sea off the southern coast is where these artefacts were recovered from, some of which are nearly 800 years old.
Before the tsunami of December 2004, this museum specialised in the fauna and flora of the sea. Artefacts consisted of underwater artefacts and scaled-down models of whales and fish.
Other exhibits included life-size dioramas of the traditional methods of fishing and the “walk into the sea” diorama, showing the natural coral beds, sea grass beds and deep sea fish. One of the final exhibits of the museum was a display of the causes of sea pollution, coast erosion, and the methods used to combat these problems.

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