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Dutch Period Museum

Pettah, Colombo, Sri Lanka
+94 11 2448 466
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Ranked #32 of 47 attractions in Colombo
Type: Specialty Museums
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Mangalore, India
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49 reviews 49 reviews
20 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

Its located in the congested Pettah area. Reaching this place with our van was very very diffucult given the congested traffic. The museum showcases the Dutch Era rule on Sri Lanka. A insight into their administration, trade, way of life, weaponry is at display. Although its so much of noisy around the museum, inside its calm and one cannot even... More

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32 reviews 32 reviews
8 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2013

We looked forward to visiting some real sights. Especially given 'the Colombo set' seems obsessed by upmarket restaurants hidden in the compounds of hotels. And the recent hostilities suppressed all openness, and that still shows through in the city today. We were greeted at the Dutch museum by a man hiding in a doorway. Quite literally. He had the bottom... More

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Chennai (Madras), India
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27 reviews 27 reviews
20 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2013

We did not enter the museum as we were already turned off by the approach road and area. Very crappy and congested. The entry fee was also high. Grand building, but very poorly maintained. Either they need to develop the area (dont know how, but gotta). Or simply move all the artifacts to the national museum which is in a... More

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Gold Coast
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68 reviews 68 reviews
39 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2013

Worth a visit, just to marvel at the teak floorboards and original furniture. The courtyard is also nice for a five minute sit down

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The Hague, The Netherlands
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125 reviews 125 reviews
44 attraction reviews
160 helpful votes 160 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2013

Being Dutch, we had to go to this museum. It's an intereting 400 year old building, but does not warrant the 500 rs entrancefee.

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Utrecht, Nederland
12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2013

The museum has a nice collection of dutch history. The building itself is also very beautiful and well maintained. Although it is a bit hidden in the city, it is well worth a visit if you are interested in the dutch history. The collection is sadly somewhat small. On the second floor there is a nice collection of old dutch... More

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New Delhi, India
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106 reviews 106 reviews
38 attraction reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2013

Being Dutch this museum not only interests me for its quaint collection of furniture and other Dutch-period stuff, it also makes me somewhat angry for being so poorly kept. Obviously it lacks the necessary funding to do so but there is so much more that could be done. One can only hope that the Dutch government decides to take a... More

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Castricum, The Netherlands
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84 reviews 84 reviews
7 attraction reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

This museum is in the 17th century residence of a Dutch governor. It tells a lot about the history of the Dutch East Indies Company (VOC) on the island. This was the first multinational founded by Dutch citizens. The VOC took control over the coastal areas of Sri Lanka and built many forts of which the one in Galle is... More

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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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81 reviews 81 reviews
6 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2013

Certainly, it is a really old building in the middle of very busy street. The are not many artifacts and displays in this two storey building. National museum is 10X better than this place. One can easily visit the entire place in 30 minutes. Same as other attraction places, tourists have to pay 5 to 10 times more for the... More

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Jomtien Beach, Thailand
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23 reviews 23 reviews
5 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2013

Location: After doing extensive planning by plotting out the location of the museum with online mapping, printing the map out, we still got lost in the Pettah market area trying to find this museum. We eventually got a tuk-tuk to the museum. It wasn’t worth going on a wild goose chase in the intense heat of the afternoon. Description of... More

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