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Colombo National Museum

Albert Crescent, Colombo, Sri Lanka
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Ranked #11 of 45 Attractions in Colombo
Type: History Museums, Specialty Museums, Museums
Owner description: This museum of Asian civilizations is one of the oldest in Sri Lanka.
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Type: History Museums, Specialty Museums, Museums
Owner description: This museum of Asian civilizations is one of the oldest in Sri Lanka.

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Penang Island, Malaysia
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49 reviews 49 reviews
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014 NEW

You can see that this wonderful museum showing casing all Sri Lanka has to offer. I would recommend more time here as it is well set-up and interesting for tourist.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014 NEW

Interesting collection of artefacts, but poor to nonexistent setting out of context. Many exhibits not dated, so difficult to figure out. Paintings very poorly lit. Very cheap entry price. Museum cafe very, very limited. Could be a gem if managed better.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014 NEW

This museum goes on forever. Don't just look at the first few rooms, there's a whole lot more besides.

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014 NEW

Nice museum though some part was closed for renovation . They have quite a bit of items on display. There is entry fee , they have souvenirs shop also bit expensive, ..............

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Spain
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014 NEW

Great place to visit to view the ancient stuffs of Sri Lanka. Felt very blissful to see the ancient Buddhist statues.Thrilling experience

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

For a start, the sparkling white colonial-style buildings, set in a delightful park with huge bunyan trees, were a real eye-opener. The different sections all contained well-preserved exhibits with good, useful explanations in English. We found the stone carvings with exhibits from Anaradnapura and Polonaruwa the most interesting as they threw so much light on the ancient kingdoms of Sri... More 

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Kathmandu, Nepal
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

Great place to visit to view the ancient stuffs of Sri Lanka. Felt very blissful to see the ancient Buddhist statues. The last part where the ancient village is created was so lively. Felt those were real people living there. Thrilling experience.

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Copenhagen, Denmark
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

I guess it is what one could expect. No 'wow' feeling, but OK. More explanations in English and more information on context would have been nice. A suggestion: Go for a tour around the buildings, but skip the souvenir shop, if you don't have time. Similar to similar shops in Colombo.

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Leeds, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

If you like to see a bit of History then spend an hour here. Obviously tells you alot about the development of the Country. The building in which the Museum sits is very impressive although currently under refurbishment

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Coram, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Compared to the Railway Museum or the Municipal Museum near Pettah, this was a real museum as it offered a lot to see. Probably due to the construction work, the entrance fee was only Rs 250 instead of the original Rs 500 (that I've read about). The construction work has made the entrance difficult to find. One had to be... More 

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