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Martin Wickramasinghe Folk Museum Complex

Galle - Matara Main Road, Galle, Sri Lanka
+94112865543
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Ranked #3 of 19 attractions in Galle
Type: Specialty Museums
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

interesting museum wqith large collection of old dancing masks and carts and forms of transport from the 19 century. I loved the elephant drawn cart which is like the trucks of a hundred years ago!

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mississauga, ontario
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31 reviews 31 reviews
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2014

Our group toured the museum and it was an insight to the folk life of the Sri Lanka people as written by Martin Wickramasinghe. Nicely layed out with many artifacts....we had our own guide but there was a local gentleman who was very eager to show and tell us about this place...he was very proud. The gounds are beautiful and... More

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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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22 reviews 22 reviews
16 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

Martin Wickramasinghe museum is a large scaled museum and it has a lot of things. It's maintained by the children of Martin Wickramasinghe. There are chariots, carts, elephant carriages etc. also there are boats, canoes etc. these are not models but the real actually used ones. It features the house in which Martin Wickramasinghe was born and the history of... More

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Suva, Fiji
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34 reviews 34 reviews
10 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2014

One of the most important writers that Sri Lanka has ever produced lived here in this very house. His writing was of highest order and depicted the reality of Sri Lankan folk life and its contrast to upcoming Sri Lankan elite capitalist class. His knowledge of society and common wisdom is unmatched. This place showcases the real Martin Wickramasinghe. The... More

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Whitstable, United Kingdom
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25 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2014

This museum in Koggola near Unawatuna is a fascinating collection of Sri Lankan culture: great artifacts housed in Wickramasinghe's property. There is a particularly good collection of masks, some of which show old colonials, and jewelry. The exhibits are poorly dated with little information, but a guide approached us and filled us in on the details. There was a good... More

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UK
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53 reviews 53 reviews
16 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2014

This museum is built around Martin Wickramasinghe's house - you can visit his house and pause to reflect on where this far-sighted Sri Lankan legend and his family lived. The museum itself is informative with a variety of displays. You can learn about the engineering feat that established the 'tanks' that serviced irrigation in the dry central zone of Sri... More

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Sri Lanka
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

I had heard about the museum built around Martin Wickramasinghe's house before and finally got to have a look this week. The museum is just off the road between Galle and Matara, and while there is a sign pointing you in the direction to it (across from the Fortress hotel), you may make the mistake of taking a left turn... More

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Hsipaw, Myanmar
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2013

I took a bus from the Southeast to Galle aware of this museum. I had planned of going there but transportation seemed hard due to Kogalla being on the way to Galle. When I was on the bus I decided to just get off at the town and a guy took me on his scooter there. It was very pleasant!... More

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Weston-super-Mare
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61 reviews 61 reviews
38 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2013

This museum was just a short walk from my hotel and had been well reviewed in my guidebook, and I wasn't disappointed. The museum is set in a large park with beautiful trees, each labelled with its name. The main thing to see is the Folk Museum, which has 3 rooms all about Sri Lankan history and culture. It's a... More

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2013

This is a great place for an insight into Sri Lankan life, as the museum contains wonderful displays showing all aspects of life. There were some school visits while I was there, and it was nice to see the place being well used and appreciated. I wish the management had spent a little bit of the admission fee on cooling... More

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