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.
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