Maritime and Naval History Museum

Maritime and Naval History Museum

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Maritime and Naval History Museum

Maritime and Naval History Museum is a maritime museum situated in Trincomalee. It was established on 3rd February 2013. It is located close to Fort Fedrick where the Dutch first landed on the island in the late 16th century and started their rule in the country.

About the destination

The museum is situated in Lavender lane. It is home to many several ancient relics that go back in the day where trade relationships were just established in Sri Lanka. It displays the maritime history of Sri Lanka, marine biodiversity, and information on the history of the local naval affairs. This place also provides a good perspective on the history of how the Dutch set a foot into the island.

Why you should visit

You should visit this place because this used to be the official residence of the Dutch Naval Commissioner during the 17th century. Recently, restoration was done by the Government of Sri Lanka which now allows the visitors to reimagine how life would have been like for a high-ranking colonial.

Also, make sure to explore both stories as you will see that the way it is arranged can take you through maritime history in chronological order.

Reaching the destination

From Colombo

Go on McCallum Road. Continue straight onto Colombo – Katunayake Expressway and merge onto the Outer Circular Expressway. Turn right onto Colombo – Kandy Road and turn left onto Ambepussa – Kurunegala – Trincomalee Highway. Turn right on to Kachchery Road and turn right at Beach Paradise onto Lavender Lane to reach your destination.

From Trincomalee

You have to head southeast toward Uppuveli Road. Then exit the roundabout onto Ambepussa – Kurunegala – Trincomalee Highway, Kandy Road.

Then at the roundabout, take the 2nd exit and stay on Ambepussa – Kurunegala – Trincomalee Highway. At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto Kachchery Road. Turn right at Open University to stay on Kachchery Road. Continue straight past Trinco Rest House onto Kachcheri Road.

Then turn right at Beach Paradise onto Lavender Lane to reach your destination.

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09:00 - 16:00
  • Monday
    09:00 - 16:00
  • Tuesday
    09:00 - 16:00
  • Wednesday
    09:00 - 16:00
  • Thursday
    09:00 - 16:00
  • Friday
    09:00 - 04:00
  • Saturday
    09:00 - 16:00
  • Sunday
    09:00 - 16:00


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