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Colombo National Museum

Albert Crescent, Colombo, Sri Lanka
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Ranked #12 of 51 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

Amazing place. I wish they allow still camera for tourist or charge for same. But worth to visit. The national museum is like a great idea for attract to tourists

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

Colombo is one of the most beautiful cities I have been to and what a better place to know the history of Lanka. Although there are many maps, drawing & literature I liked the structure of the building looking from outside.Inside it can be steamy as there is no AC.Huge What a sight of huge Banyan trees in the compound.Dress... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

A great place to spend a couple of hours and learn something about Sri Lankan history and culture. A lovely old building set in beautiful gardens, walking around inside felt like you were already back in time...there is a real atmosphere in there of days long gone. Full of interesting exhibits that you can get close to, its a great... More

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Canberra, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

The building and grounds were amazing... The museum and contents were ok but the real treat was the massive Banyan trees in the grounds of the building. A $2 entry for foreigners and some nice artefacts...

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San Diego, California
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

The National Museum was the highlight of our stay in Colombo. It houses great collections of Sri Lankan art, in chronological galleries that give a good historic perspective. There's a good amount of information provided about the main periods of Sri Lankan history and their characterics, the evolution of techniques and styles, etc... Unfortunately the upper floor was closed for... More

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

Well laid out and reasonably well curated. Some very interesting artifacts from different times of Sri Lankan history. Can easily spend a few hours. Hot in hot weather as there is no A/C- can be a bit stifling when the weather is humid. There is a charge to take photos.

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Muscat, Oman
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

have a good deal of info & exhibits on Sri Lankan history. but the facilities for the visitors to be improved. also, try to visit natural history museum, just behind. it is a "hidden gem". lot of stuffed animals, info on old human settlements, life styles are on display. very informative for kids.

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Baroda, Gujarat
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

This is a typical Museum showing culture of Srilanka. Ok for visit, If you have interest in culture as well as time in hand.

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Cologne, Germany
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

It´s quite big, quite warm, quite humid, quite confusing (the areal maps help to confuse one even more rather than helping in knowing where you´re at and where you haven´t been yet), quite dark (not enough light for really good pics), quite expensive (at least in comparison, as they charge extra for cameras and taking pictures; still altogether low fees!)... More

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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

I visited the museum two weeks ago and spent about five hours and enjoyed lot by viewing specially the historical sections. There is a huge collection related to all major king eras. I most admired the Anuradhapura era and Kandy era. You can see the throne of the last king of Sri Lanka, that highly fascinated. The living styles of... More

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