To experience just how the originality of the Galle Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, has been preserved with great care, pay a visit to the Historic Mansion. Settled in the grand manner of a traditional colonial Dutch house, the attraction is possibly the largest privately-owned museum in Sri Lanka. A visit is among the more interesting things to do in Galle, Sri Lanka.
It also happens to be a shop where its unique antique and jewellery dating back to the colonial era are on sale. The gem shop which is positioned adjacent to the museum offers visitors a glimpse of precious gems especially Ceylon blue sapphires, which the island has long since been famed for. Additionally, one can get the chance to see how the stones are cut and polished or even watch a demonstration of how local women weave Beeralu lace; this is a delicate type of fabric developed during Portuguese occupation.