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“There are actually two unrelated museums - be careful what you are paying for”

Maritime Archeology Museum
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Reviewed May 22, 2013

These museums are both in the same building and one museum actually encloses the other. Both are run by different organisations with different fees. The one at ground level - The National Maritime Museum, run by the Department of National Museums - is actually very boring and contains virtually nothing that is not found in similar museums and school classrooms all over the world - charts of fishes, shells and corals, a few poorly made boat models, the skeleton of a whale, a tiny number of photos of the tsunami and that's about it. When you pay they say there is more of the museum up some steps, but don't tell you you have to pay again, a lot more. This second museum - the Maritime Archaeological Museum - has a lot more of interest particularly artifacts recovered from shipwrecks - but is still a very limited display. The museum buildings are restored massively constructed colonial era storehouses. The fees are, as usual, for foreigners many times the local rate.

Thank OceanWanderer
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Reviewed May 9, 2013

Not much to see, mostly about dive sites, old fishing catamarans and there was no aircon so we left with headaches.A few interesting things but if I was making recommendations I would say not to bother (and Im a sailor so Im particularly interested in this area).

Thank Hammoyachty
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Reviewed April 15, 2013

It was very interesting with articles explaining the items on display, it is over three levels and the building is so well build, on the way out look at the thickness of the doors outside and the old lamps.

Thank chrishayward
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Reviewed March 31, 2013 via mobile

We spent a few hours here. The introductory video was excellent and very educational. The artifacts on display, some ancient, were very interesting. This is a high quality museum. For $5, it's a deal.

Thank NYWrldTrav
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Reviewed March 28, 2013

We visited the museum, an interesting video depicting the maritime history of Sri Lanka and particularly The South Coast.

Thank Steve H
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