Historical Mansion Museum

Located on the Leyn Baan Street within the historic fort of Galle, lies an old Dutch mansion that has now been restored to serve as a museum. The Mansion houses all sorts of historic artefacts all ranging from colonial artworks, sculptures, jewellery and even a few early modern age equipment such as antique typewriters and early versions of cameras. The Museum also houses an impressive collection of VOC china and ceramic ware and other miscellaneous items from the day of old tales.

There is also an old well located within the premises of the museum and it is believed that it was constructed in the year 1763. This epic collection of artefacts belongs to Abdul Gaffar, who is a long time inhabitant of the city of Galle. This makes the museum home to one of the largest collection of privately owned artefacts in Sri Lanka and it, in turn, makes the establishment one of the largest private museums in the country. The entrance to the museum is free and the site also plays host to live interpretations of craftworks such as gem cutting and beeralu lace embroidery.

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