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* Marine Archaeological Museum to be opened in Sri Lanka
Sat, Feb 27, 2010, 10:19 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Feb 27, Colombo: Sri Lanka is making final preparations to open a new Marine Archaeological Museum in the Southern port city of Galle next week.

Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa is to open the Museum newly established by the Ministry of Cultural Affairs and National Heritage on March 4th.

According to the Cultural Ministry the 40,000square feet Museum was built under a special grant of Rs.177 million from the government of the Netherlands.

The museum will display exhibits of marine artifacts discovered in explorations made in the ocean floor around Sri Lanka including about 200 artifacts discovered from the remains of ships sunk in the ocean nearly 800 years ago.

The Marine Archaeological Museum previously established in Galle was completely destroyed by the Tsunami Disaster on 26th December 2004 and the present Museum is being established after renovating a massive old building constructed during the Dutch Era and situated within the historic rampart of Galle, the Ministry announced.

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