The Maritime Museum in Galle functions under the Department of National Museums. This museum was established on 09.05.1992. This museum displays exhibits on the lives of all living beings in the marine environment, ranging from tiny single-cell life forms to the largest living being, the blue whale. It displays the habitats of all these beings, including mangroves, salty wetlands, sand dunes, beach, sea grass and coral, and the eco systems sustaining all these living creatures and their inter-relationships, impacting on the bio-diversity of the entire globe.
This museum was almost totally destroyed by the tsunami of 26th December 2004. It was re-opened for public viewing on 18.05.2009. It is open to the public on all days from 9.00 am to 5.00 pm, except on Sundays, Mondays, and public holidays.