Maritime and Naval History Museum, Trincomalee

An important place to visit in Trincomalee!

The Maritime and Naval Museum in Trincomalee was opened by the Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Feb 3, 2013. The museum is symbolically established near Fort Frederick in Trincomalee where the Dutch first landed in the 16th century.

The Museum was established with a financial assistance of LKR 75 million from the Government of Netherlands under the Sri Lanka-Netherlands cultural cooperation programme and a 17th century building that was used as the Dutch Navy Commissioner's House in Trincomalee was renovated for this purpose.

The museum displays several exhibits to illustrate the visitors about the maritime history and marine biodiversity of Sri Lanka in different sections. A video documentary is also presented. Officials from the Archaeological Department and Sri Lankan Navy provide necessary assistance and demonstrations to the visitors. 

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Latitude: 8.56979 Longitude: 81.2374 Elevation: 29 ft
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Seasons Open

All year round

Hours Open

The Museum is opened on Monday to Friday from 8.30 am to 5.30 pm


No entrance fee at present. They have a plan to introduce a nominal entrance fee soon

Eco-Friendly Notes

It is an eco-friendly site. Visitors are requested to stay away from pushing and pulling the exhibits while maintaining silence. Please do not bring food items inside the museum. 

Accessibility Notes

The Maritime and Naval History Museum is located at Lavender Lane, in the heart of Trincomalee city and just opposite to the Town Beach (Beach park) Trincomalee.  About 600 meters from the main bus-stand, near the Rest House and the Urban Council, Trincomalee. 

Pet Friendly Notes

Pets are not allowed. 

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