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Address: Pettah, Colombo, Sri Lanka
Phone Number: +94 11 2448 466
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Greatest treasures in a poorly maintained building

I happened to pop into this museum which is located on Prince Street, Colombo 11. There are three ways to approach to the museum but all roads are always busy and filled with dust... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed August 13, 2015
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English first
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

I happened to pop into this museum which is located on Prince Street, Colombo 11. There are three ways to approach to the museum but all roads are always busy and filled with dust and smokes. The entrance to the museum is okay. But I felt sorry about the magnificent colonial architectural building, when I stepped into it. Because, I... More 

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

As we are from South Africa, we were particularly interested to see the only museum in the world dedicated to the Dutch colonial endeavours in Sri Lanka from 1650 to 1790. This is a large solid building that has been well restored. The displays are very informative and include some magnificent pieces, like the throne the Dutch gave to the... More 

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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

The display of dusty old furniture lined up and boring commentary on administration or customs of the time do not make this worthwhile. The Dutch Government should put some money to work here, as this is an embarrassment.

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Hong Kong, China
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 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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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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 187 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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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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 187 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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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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