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Dutch Period Museum

Pettah, Colombo, Sri Lanka
+94 11 2448 466
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Ranked #27 of 52 Attractions in Colombo
Type: Specialty Museums
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Ghaziabad, India
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153 reviews 153 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Dutch period Museum is located in the former residence of Count August Carl Van Ranzow. Built in the early 17th century it has an impressive collection of furniture, crockery, coins, arms and other historical items from the Dutch period. The Dutch period in Sri Lanka commenced with the seizure of the Portuguese settlements in Sri Lanka by the East India... More

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Gampaha, Sri Lanka
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Very interesting place/museum to watch at middle of the Colombo city (Pettah). This museum is situated at Prince street, First Cross Street, Colombo 11 and surrounded by very crowded area. There is a nice garden inside the museum with old well. This old Dutch building consists of beautiful and very valuable furniture and many more things that illustrates Dutch Era... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2014

This is a nice Dutch museum situated at Pettah in the busy business district. You will find it difficult to reach this place because it is situated at a cross road. This is situated within walking distance to the Fort Railway station and Central Bus stand. there is an entry fees, You find things used by the dutch officers when... More

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Mangalore, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

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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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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21 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 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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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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206 reviews 206 reviews
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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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The Netherlands
16 reviews 16 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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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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