National Maritime Museum (Galle)

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The National Maritime Museum in Galle, Sri Lanka is situated within Galle Fort.wikipedia
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Galle

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The National Maritime Museum in Galle, Sri Lanka is situated within Galle Fort.
Other prominent landmarks in Galle include the city's natural harbour, the National Maritime Museum, St. Mary's Cathedral founded by Jesuit priests, one of the main Shiva temples on the island, and Amangalla, the historic luxury hotel.

Galle Fort

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The National Maritime Museum in Galle, Sri Lanka is situated within Galle Fort.
Some of the important heritage monuments in the fort are the Dutch Reformed Church, with its historic belfry dated 1707 and cast in 1709, which rang every hour; the old Dutch government house; the residence of the Commander; Great Warehouse near the Old Gate, built around 1669 to store spices and ship equipment (which now houses the National Maritime Museum); the Old Dutch Hospital; the Meera Mosque built in 1904; the Buddhist temple built at the site of Portuguese Roman Catholic church; the All Saints Anglican Church built in 1871; the 1882 Clock Tower and the 1939 Galle Lighthouse.

Sri Lanka

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The National Maritime Museum in Galle, Sri Lanka is situated within Galle Fort.

UNESCO

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Whilst the building housing the museum survived the impact of the 26 December 2004 tsunami, the adjoining UNESCO Maritime Archaeology Unit was completely destroyed and all the exhibitions were flood damaged and the majority of maritime archeological artifacts were lost.

Dutch East India Company

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Above the Old Gate the British Coat of Arms is seen inscribed at the entrance, the inner part of the gate has an inscription, with the date, 1668, the letters VOC, (an abbreviation of Verenigde Oostindindische Compagnie (the Dutch East India Company)), and the insignia of a cock flanked by two lions.

Galle Harbour

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When the new gateway (the main or northern gate) was built by the British in 1873, piercing the main rampart between the Sun and Moon Bastions, the importance of the old gate was reduced, although it continued to be used as the main entrance to the harbour and port of Galle.

Fauna

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The National Maritime Museum originally specialised in the fauna and flora of the sea.

Flora

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The National Maritime Museum originally specialised in the fauna and flora of the sea.

Sea

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The National Maritime Museum originally specialised in the fauna and flora of the sea.

Artifact (archaeology)

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Artifacts consisted of underwater artifacts and scaled-down models of whales and fish.

Physical model

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Artifacts consisted of underwater artifacts and scaled-down models of whales and fish.

Whale

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Artifacts consisted of underwater artifacts and scaled-down models of whales and fish.

Fish

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Artifacts consisted of underwater artifacts and scaled-down models of whales and fish.

Diorama

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Other exhibits included life-size dioramas of the traditional methods of fishing and the "walk into the sea" diorama, showing the natural coral beds, sea grass beds and deep sea fish.

Coral

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Other exhibits included life-size dioramas of the traditional methods of fishing and the "walk into the sea" diorama, showing the natural coral beds, sea grass beds and deep sea fish.

Seagrass

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Other exhibits included life-size dioramas of the traditional methods of fishing and the "walk into the sea" diorama, showing the natural coral beds, sea grass beds and deep sea fish.

Deep sea fish

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Other exhibits included life-size dioramas of the traditional methods of fishing and the "walk into the sea" diorama, showing the natural coral beds, sea grass beds and deep sea fish.

Pollution

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One of the final exhibits of the museum was a display of the causes of sea pollution, coast erosion, and the methods used to combat these problems.

Erosion

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One of the final exhibits of the museum was a display of the causes of sea pollution, coast erosion, and the methods used to combat these problems.

2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami

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The museum suffered significant damage from the 2004 Asian tsunami, with only an estimated 20% of the 3,600 objects salvaged from shipwrecks within the waters of Galle port remaining.

Kingdom of the Netherlands

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177 million from the Kingdom of the Netherlands.