Martin Wickramasinghe Folk Museum Complex

Martin Wickramasinghe Folk Museum Complex


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About Martin Wickramasinghe Folk Museum Complex

Born on the 29th of May, 1890, Martin Wickramasinghe was a well know novelist in Sri Lanka. He was responsible for writings that sought to analyze and tell the stories of the Sri Lankan people and their culture. Infused with modern knowledge about the world, nature and science, Wickramasinghe brought these out vividly in the characters of his book. Wickramasinghe was known to be a devout Buddhist who maintained a ‘tolerant, humane, realistic attitude to life’.

One of his pet projects was the Folk Museum Complex in Galle, which sadly came to life only after his death. Built by the Martin Wickramasinghe Trust, the Folk Museum Complex speaks of the legacy Martin Wickramasinghe was to the people of Sri Lankan.

A closer look at the Museum

The Museum is divided into five main sections: the house (he was born here), the Hall of Life, the Samadhi, the Museum of Folk Culture and the restored eco-environment.

The house:This was where Martin Wickramasinghe was born. Each room has been recreated and placed with personal belongings of Wickramasinghe. This strategic placement gives the visitor the impression that Wickramasinghe has left the house for his evening walk. It’s said that the house contains experiences and moments belonging to 200 years!

The Hall of Life: This part of the house showcases photographs, paintings, sketches, souvenirs, awards and assorted memorabilia related to Martin Wickramasinghe. There are even copies of his published works and handwritten manuscripts, which you can browse through.

The Samadhi: Under the foundation of this spot Wickramasinghe‘s ashes have been scattered, in honor of his love for the Sri Lankan rural people. Wickramasinghe had an interest in Sri Lankan traditional and cultural roots. This spot hosts several artifacts that mirror his interest. These items include Buddhist religious artifacts, folk religious practices, the evolution of the Sinhala alphabet, writing utensils, village agricultural, fishing, pottery, and metallurgical technologies, folk dance and puppetry, a collection of masks, musical instruments and drums, and folk games.

The restored eco-environment: This rural paradise stretches across seven acres of land with the house in the middle. The green shade found in this premises are ideal for the meditating mind and the visitor looking for a spot to take a break! So after tiring days looking through the museum spread your mat under the cool of the trees and sit back taking in the beauty around you.