Trincomalee Old Archaeological Museum Building

Trincomalee Old Archaeological Museum Building
Trincomalee Old Archaeological Museum Building (Photo credit: Google Street View)

The Old Archaeological Museum Building of Trincomalee (Sinhala: ත්‍රිකුණාමලය පැරණි පුරාවිද්‍යා කෞතුකාගාර ගොඩනැගිල්ල) is located in Trincomalee town facing the inner harbour of the Trincomalee Port about 700 m southwest of the Maritime and Naval History Museum.

This building is believed to have been constructed during the Dutch Period [(1658-1796 A.D.) Haramoto et al., 2015]. The building was renovated and converted into a museum in 1987 but closed down in 1989 due to the eruption of the Sri Lankan Civil War which finally ended in May 2009 (Haramoto et al., 2015). After that, the property was used as an office of the Divisional Secretariat.

A protected monument
The old Trincomalee Archaeological Museum building located in Trincomalee town in Trincomalee Divisional Secretary’s Division is an archaeological protected monument, declared by a government Gazette notification published on 18 August 2006.

1) Haramoto, T.; Inouchi, C.; Koizumi, Y.; Fukuyama, Y., 2015. Survey Report on the Protection and Utilisation of Cultural Property in the Northern and Northeastern Provinces of Sri Lanka. Japan Consortium for International Cooperation in Cultural Heritage. p.32.
2) The Gazette of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka. No: 1459. 18 August 2006.

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