An assorted private collection of antiques and knick-knacks spilling over shelf upon shelf, all tucked away in a restored Dutch colonial house; the Historical Mansion in Galle Fort attracts tourists and locals alike with its eclectic assortment of relics including antique typewriters, china and jewellery among others. Located in the charming Galle Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this quasi museum belongs to Abdul Gaffer, who began collecting various items in an attempt to save pieces of Galle’s history, in whatever shape they might be, and ended up with a house full of assorted items that catch the eye and intrigue the mind.
Any trip to the Fort should be followed by a leisurely visit to the Historical Mansion, it is the largest private collection in the island and entrance is free. If you’re planning on staying over in Galle and searching for a nice Galle Hotel in Sri Lanka to stay at, there are several leading boutique hotels here, like the Tamarind Hill Galle that are within close proximity to the Fort. Aside from the museum’s artefacts’, there are several books, maps and even clothing worth seeing from bygone days. A high point of the museum is the Dutch well in courtyard and a stone slab that was sculpted in 1763. There’s also a large collection of Chinese Porcelain that printed with The Dutch East India Company’s VOC symbol.
In addition to the antique collections, you can also view an embroidery presentation; the old way of embroidery was a significant industry which was first taught by the Portuguese. The art form has slowly died out now, giving way to modern machine made embroidery. There’s also a gem store inside where you can see a variety of beautiful gems, both cut and uncut. Several sets and unique pieces are displayed showcasing the many fashionable designs that are still as elegant as ever today.
Catalina Forbes is a travel writer who bases her content on many thrilling escapades experienced across the world. Google+