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Address: Pettah, Colombo, Sri Lanka
Phone Number: +94 11 2448 466

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A quiet museum in the heart of a busy market

Think we were one of the few people visiting this place on a Saturday morning. Located somewhere in the middle of the Pattah market, its a quiet, less busy museum to explore... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 3, 2014
ranj_sp
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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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Hong Kong, China
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

We were saddened to see this beautiful building in such a poor state of repair, especially considering that it was restored with the help of the Dutch government not all that long ago. There seems to be very little in the way of maintenance. considering the surprisingly high cost of entrance (including a delightful camera fee) you would think that... More 

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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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17 reviews 17 reviews
9 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Think we were one of the few people visiting this place on a Saturday morning. Located somewhere in the middle of the Pattah market, its a quiet, less busy museum to explore. Maintenance and signage is average but it worth a visit. Don't miss out on the unique tombstones from the Dutch period. The old flags displayed will be interesting... More 

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Ghaziabad, India
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153 reviews 153 reviews
135 attraction reviews
130 helpful votes 130 helpful votes
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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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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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Suva
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146 reviews 146 reviews
93 attraction reviews
353 helpful votes 353 helpful votes
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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167 reviews 167 reviews
90 attraction reviews
95 helpful votes 95 helpful votes
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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London
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37 attraction reviews
78 helpful votes 78 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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29 reviews 29 reviews
21 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 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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93 reviews 93 reviews
47 attraction reviews
68 helpful votes 68 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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207 reviews 207 reviews
76 attraction reviews
211 helpful votes 211 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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