Thursday, June 13, 2019

National Museum of Galle

National Museum of Galle
The National Museum of Galle, Sri Lanka is one of museums administered by the Department of National Museums. It has been established in an old Dutch building located in the Galle fort (Abeyawardana, 2004; Embuldeniya & Karunarathna, 2019). 

Archaeological and anthropological objects related to Southern region such as traditional wooden mask carvings, collection of Beeralu laces and ornamental objects made up of turtle shells are mainly exhibited in this museum (Embuldeniya & Karunarathna, 2019).

The museum building was constructed around 1656 (Embuldeniya & Karunarathna, 2019) as the house for a commander or a similar high official (Abeyawardana, 2004). During the Dutch period it had been used as an armory for the Dutch garrison at the fort (Ranchagoda, 2015).

A part of the museum building is said to be destroyed during the construction of New Oriental Hotel [(present Amangalla Hotel) Abeyawardana, 2004]. The building was developed and opened to the public on 31 March 1986 by Department of National Museums (Embuldeniya & Karunarathna, 2019).
National Museum of Galle National Museum of Galle
1) Galle National Museum 002 by Dan arndt is licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0
2) Galle National Museum 003 by Dan arndt is licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0
1) Galle Museum by Shehanw is licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0

1) Abeyawardana, H.A.P., 2004. Heritage of Ruhuna: Major natural, cultural and historic sites. Colombo: The Central Bank of Sri Lanka. ISBN: 955-575-073-4. p.21.
2) Embuldeniya, P., Karunarathna, K.G.M., 2019. Significance of developing museums in Sri Lanka as tourist attractions: with special reference to national museums. EPRA International Journal of Research and Development. Vol. IV. Issue 2. pp.14-21.
3) Ranchagoda, T. O., 2015. Pauranika Sthana Ha Smaraka: Galla Distrikkaya (In Sinhala). Archaeological Department of Sri Lanka. ISBN:955-9159-53-4. pp.55-56.

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