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Colombo National Museum

Albert Crescent, Colombo, Sri Lanka
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Ranked #13 of 49 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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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 NEW

This is one of the most beautiful buildings in Colombo surrounded by a luscious green lawn. Great way to learn about the history of Sri Lanka, small compared to museums of other countries but lots of interesting things to see. Really cheap for locals, there is both a economical canteen and a more expensive cafe (Barista) near the Laksala where... More

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Wellington, New Zealand
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

We spent a peaceful few hours in the museum and in the gardens here. The open building is stunning and it is filled with a huge range of historic exhibits covering a lot of Sri Lanka's culture. There is a lovely coffee shop and gift shop outside.

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Arcata, California
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58 reviews 58 reviews
25 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

We spent several rewarding hours viewing well-presented museum exhibits. Collection includes many fabulous artifacts displayed with helpful background information. Good introduction to Sri Lanka's history and culture. Museum coffee shop was a great place for refreshment break.

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Saffron Walden, United Kingdom
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18 reviews 18 reviews
10 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

Great place to visit for information on Sri Lanka. A must see and visit. Very discriptive most enjoyable.

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New York City, New York
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33 reviews 33 reviews
13 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

I guess it's a measure of my admiration for this type of art and the quality of the collection that I look back on the sweltering, airless few hours spent there with a high degree of pleasure. All I can say is bring water.

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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37 reviews 37 reviews
18 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

Glad to see the history of sri lanka, so many artefacts and information under one roof. Good to see the history of buddhism as well

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Guwahati, India
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16 reviews 16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014 via mobile

Being from india visited this place and in comparison to delhi museum its far better. Camera charges are addational

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Bavaria, Germany
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

The Place is a good start to know about Colombo and its heritage and the artifacts displayed carries good amount of information and that too in English but the layout and the presentation were quite Spartan according to my tastes and it could much more fun If they could incorporate some interactive elements but pretty much what they have is... More

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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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8 reviews 8 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

The Bodhisattva statue was the main reason I visited the museum. Just for that it is worth visiting. It is a very good collection of artifacts from Sri Lanka's history. The museum even has the last Kandyan king's throne. A large statue of the Buddha welcomes one to the museum--not a good idea to take photos of yourself in front... More

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2014

Nice compound, a typical museum set up by the British Raj... Once the museum closes in the evening (around 5 pm if I remember correctly), you can chill out at Barista within the compound. Barista has good wi-fi connectivity. Besides the Barista also exists a decently priced souvenir shop. A big park is nearby and the entire area (from museum... More

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