The National Maritime Museum is retained in a Dutch warehouse which was built in the year 1671. Reopened after undergoing refurbishment in 2010 following the 2004 Asian Tsunami, it is a must visit attraction among the places to see in Galle while exploring the charming Dutch Fort.
During contemporary times, the museum serves as a fascinating knowledge centre when it comes to Sri Lanka’s rich heritage of marine biodiversity and seafaring. With an antiquity spanning over three centuries, the warehouse features various exhibits of marine artefacts recovered during underwater explorations. These include naval crafts, maps, ropes, beer mugs, earthenware as well as many artillery guns some of which are 800 years old. The collection also showcases a model of the typical trading ship which was used by the Dutch East Indian Trading Company.