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Martin Wickramasinghe Folk Museum Complex

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Address: Galle - Matara Main Road | Koggala, Galle, Sri Lanka
Phone Number: +94 11 2 865543
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a little gem

We visited this museum as it was opposite our hotel so we were able to walk there. A guide "attached" himself to us once we had paid the entry fee and initially we felt a bit... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 23, 2015
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worcs.uk
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54 reviews 54 reviews
21 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

We visited this museum as it was opposite our hotel so we were able to walk there. A guide "attached" himself to us once we had paid the entry fee and initially we felt a bit hijacked but actually we were glad he showed us round as we would have missed an awful lot of information about all the trees... More 

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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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47 reviews 47 reviews
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35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

Very large collection of historic Sri Lankan clothing, weapons, transport vehicles and boats... too much to mention and a big surprise as we only intended spending an hour there.

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Alnwick, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

Martin Wickramasinghe was one of the greatest authors and intellectuals of Sri Lanka and how good it is that the Wicjramasinghe Trust decided to set up this museum in the house and its surroundings in which he was born. The folk museum had been a wish of Wickramasinghe himself who desired to preserve the artefacts and rural culture of his... More 

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Ashford, United Kingdom
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28 reviews 28 reviews
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

This was such a fascinating visit which was enhanced by the obvious pride and pleasure of our guide who showed us round. The entrance fee is minimal and the escorted tour was free. Unfortunately it was very very hot and we ran out of time which prevented us from seeing everything. What we saw was a rich collection of artefacts... More 

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

This is a beautifully curated museum, full of interesting artefacts and information in English as well as Sinhala. I was drawn to it because of Martin Wickramsinghe's role in authoring many books in Sinhala and enjoyed reading his most popular children's book, Madol Doova (translated into English!)

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

We loved this place and would have stayed longer than 1 hour if we hadn't come so late as they close at 5pm. The artefacts are displayed really well with lots of descriptions in a English. An older gentleman led us round and explained things to us at no extra charge to the entrance fee, he is obviously proud of... More 

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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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34 reviews 34 reviews
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

This is the house of veteran Martin Wickramasinghe turned into a museum. Really appreciate the cultural and other stuff there. You are totally into the colonial era when you are in the museum complex. The then real nature of this island especially on southern province is visible with the artifacts displayed there.. truly amazed to see and a must visit... More 

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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

Antique face masks, tools & many other artifacts. Lovely to spend 2 to 3 hours at the Museum & appreciate the culture & richness of a bygone era. Enjoyed!

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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

Martin Wickramasinghe Folk Museum Complex is one of those places where you can taste the real flavour of this island. the place is not just about him and his work but a hub of information about old Sri Lankan life style. Do Not miss this place if you are in Galle.

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Kandy, Sri Lanka
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

A must for both us Sri Lankans and our visiting tourist! For example why are the Southern Sri Lankans so different from those in Colombo or Kandy. The answer lies in this Museum.

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