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Address: Albert Crescent, Colombo, Sri Lanka
Phone Number: 0778383798
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This museum of Asian civilizations is one of the oldest in Sri Lanka.

This museum of Asian civilizations is one of the oldest in Sri Lanka.

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Nice white, wedding cake type building

But seemed to be closed and was cloaked in scaffolding, with large green sheets. I didn't get in, so can't comment on displays.

3 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
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Melbourne
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39 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The one hall open was interesting, particularly in terms of Sri Lankan history. The exhibits were reasonably well curated and explained all exhibits well. However, no other halls appeared to be open in each of the other areas advertised. There seems to be a lot of refurbishment going on but it would have been nice to know the limitations before... More 

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London
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144 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 206 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

But seemed to be closed and was cloaked in scaffolding, with large green sheets. I didn't get in, so can't comment on displays.

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1 Thank brandreth16
Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
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5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

We paid 600 lkr per head for the entrt fee. Another 250 lkr for the camera. It's the cost for natural history and national museum together. The museum building is beautiful and colonial style. The displays I felt was quite boring. I liked the stone statues section though. The natural history part was a big disappointment. The displays were kept... More 

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Thank Taragopal
New York
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50 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

The National Museum has many interesting artifacts, and upstairs there are dioramas showing village life--e.g. rice harvesting and village life. We saw only the main building -- it appeared others were closed or being renovated.

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Thank TravellerDon
Ireland
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14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

That was a quite nice place. Unfortunately under construction. First, I went through some ancient sculptures exposition. Then there was no clear hints where to go. After spending some time, I finally landed in the agriculture section which I found really amazing. I would definitely get back once the works are completed.

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Berlin, Germany
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23 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I'm not really a museum fan. But this is a reference for Sri Lankan History and culture so don't miss. It is not that big. I did not rush through, but I did not spend more than an hour and a half.

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Thank Sigi K
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20 reviews
15 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

One ticket for two museums. Show history about Sri Lanka in very detail. It is worth for visiting and know this country. 這個博物館一張門票可以去兩個博物館。 博物館很多大,認真看至少要三個小時。博物館很詳細地講述了斯里蘭卡的歷史,歷代的政治文化經濟都很清楚說明。還有一個室專門放石雕。 另外一個自然博物館有點無聊,全都是假的,工作人員見到你是外國人會很熱情介紹希望給小費他

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New Delhi, India
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34 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The Museum was on Renovation from Outside ...but one can enter by paying Rs 600. The museum contains Collection of Sri Lankan Ancient history , throne and Crown of Monarch

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Thank GirishBora
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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19 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

unfortunatelly when i was there there was a wing of the museum under renovation, however the experience wasstill good. on entrance the Fee was 600 rupees and my local friend went in free!! this is awesome. the museum is very big and very old i gess it nees a bit more of attencion and a touch of modern on the... More 

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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53 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Am not a big Museum enthusiast, so didn't enjoy much, but then its well maintained. There were not many exhibits, but the crowd management and the space was ample. The Laksala shop was good too plus the in house cafe. We spent a quiet 1 hour there and read quite a lot about Srilanka's history. Good one.

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