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Colombo National Museum

Albert Crescent, Colombo, Sri Lanka
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Ranked #12 of 47 attractions in Colombo
Type: Specialty Museums, History Museums
Description: This museum of Asian civilizations is one of the oldest in Sri Lanka.
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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

Good place very spacious. If the authorities look in to provide some arrangements to provide some chairs to relax while on the move for visitors.

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Bengaluru
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

Lovely building and well laid out exhibits. A lot of information to process. Worth the LKR 500 admission fee at least once.

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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

Situated in heart of Colombo with 18th Century architectural buildings. If you are interest to see Sri Lankan history this is the right place to go.

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London
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

The National Museum in Colombo is magnificent in its architecture of a bygone era. The King of Kandy Throne is a must see with accompanying crown jewels. Quite something that they were handed back to Sri Lanka intact.

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Washington Crossing, Pennsylvania
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

Nice Museum with a large building.Would have liked more details and artifacts which are older than the advent of Budhism in Sri Lanka.Their culture is very old so would have liked some more reference and interest in that.

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Casablanca, Morocco
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

This is a nice activity if you want to learn a bit more about the different epochs in Sri Lanka's history. The rooms are filled mainly with Buddha statues, but the museum gives a good background on Buddhist and Hindu religious history of the country which I found interesting. The building itself is pretty impressive and it only cost 250... More

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Klagenfurt, Austria
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

The most striking factor for me was the building itself which still resembles the colonial period and then the place is perhaps one of the best place where you can learn about this beautiful country and its heritage. The museum I believe has gone under renovation and now is open for its visitors. The displays here are majorly pointed towards... More

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Paris
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

The museum is situated in a nice, colonial style building, which itself is interesting, and cool (a plus in a hot day). The first part tells the story of prehistory in Sri Lanka and than goes over the different periods. It's been a while since I went there, but the exhibition about the weaponry and the one on the puppets... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014

It is located in colombo 7. Close to the Town Hall. This museum was built by the British and you will notice by its acitecture. It has more than a 100,000 items on display of the cultural and natural heritage of the country. It was first opened sometime in 1877. It is a two storey building. It is closed on... More

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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

The National Museum may not be the newest or flashiest or full of the new fad of interactive displays one finds in certain museums, what it does have however is a wealth off artifacts displayed in grand old halls and corridors, an old fashioned display so to speak, certain sections and "wings" have been given a recent makeover. Overall well... More

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