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“wonderfully nice”

Martin Wickramasinghe Folk Museum Complex
Ranked #9 of 57 things to do in Galle
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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“wonderfully nice”
Reviewed July 16, 2014

Loved the ancient beauty and glamor. So much to learn and so much to teach your kids about the history and things like way of living, transport, food our ancestors had. Also the little island called "Madol Doowa" which is not far away from Koggala.

Visited June 2014
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  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Hungarian first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
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English first
Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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58 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Well worth visiting even if not heavy into literature”
Reviewed June 25, 2014

Visited the museum with 40 girls from the Anula Girls Orphanage and everyone thoroughly enjoyed the morning out.
Museum has loads of interesting items and gives an excellent history of Sri Lankan life and its development over the years. Was particularly impressed with the boats and the monsoon wind furnace!.
Nice seating area if you fancy a rest in the shade, and Martin W. original house was a great representation of what life must have been like many years ago.
All in all, a real hidden gem I would say as not that widely publicised as worth a visit. Not as grand as the Galle Museum, but definitely worth a look for anyone looking for something to do for a morning or afternoon.

Visited June 2014
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Galle, Sri Lanka
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21 reviews
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“Walk Down Memory Lane”
Reviewed June 21, 2014

Having read his book, Madolduva as a child, it was just really nice to go here and see the author's life on display.. Its a nice place

Visited February 2014
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Thank Krishni I
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Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka
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138 reviews
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“Home of Sri Lankan Maxim Gorky”
Reviewed June 13, 2014

This is the museum for the greatest Sri Lankan writer of all time. If you are interested in literature, the number one place to visit in whole Sri Lanka.

Visited June 2014
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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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“Personal history of one of the best literary giant”
Reviewed May 15, 2014

Martin Wickremesinghe is related to my mother and who has lived in this house for a short period in the '50s. We've studied and read his books for years in school and afterwards and am grateful they are now translated very well into English were others can appreciate his genius. The folk museum is a treasure cove with first edition books, his personal wealth and even the English Passport he used to hold :) Any person who has read his books would appreciate the fact how easy it must have been to write and write on in these surroundings and the stories which are rich with his own personal wisdom.
The family has donated a lot and have helped find many artifacts of the time and are on display in a fine fashion. Wish there were more plaques with written word to describe the time there were specifically from as not all children who study in Sri Lanka learn it's history.

Visited September 2013
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