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

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This is a poorly managed museum. it's not just the lack of funds, the lack of interest of the officers managing it is obvious wherever you look. may be they are incompetent... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed July 29, 2015
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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

This is a poorly managed museum. it's not just the lack of funds, the lack of interest of the officers managing it is obvious wherever you look. may be they are incompetent political appointees. Lots of interesting artefacts on display. Many more may be languisisng or getting stolen in the store rooms. The lack of enthusiasm of all employees is... More 

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Calangute, India
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

I went there by myself one day when i had to go to Colombo for picking up passports. I arrived an hour before closing time, was charged full price and then found that most of the galleries had already closed or were closed for refurbishment. I was then escorted out a half hour before closing time.

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hull
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

There are thousands of historical pieces well organised in distinct sections (stone, wood, tapestry, religious, British) each one is well presented and had a detailed description of the item. I can say hand on heart that is you have an interest in these pieces you could spend hours here. But as a casual tourist, it wasn't very captivating, a lot... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015 via mobile

Went here in the second week of July and found the museum to be very informative with lots of interesting items. My particular favourites were the golden throne and the stonework gallery. However a lot of the museum (maybe 50%) appears to be closed for renovation at the minute. I also felt that a few of the older paintings in... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

From the building itself history. Museum building also a historic one. Inside the museum arrangement was perfect. Description mentioned in all historic items in Sinhala & English. Very quiet place and you will automatically take into ancient history without you knowing. Cafeteria is not quite good. Other than that good place to knowledge seekers..

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

Lovely old style museum. Good english descriptions for exhibits. Gives a good overview of different periods of Sri Lankan history. Some renovations ongoing at present. Only negatives were a) Toilets unclean b) museum staff uninterested. Worth a look though.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

Very calm impressive historical place in colombo. it has very important things to visit. Every one can improve their cultural and historical knowledge by visiting here. I'm so proud to say about this place of my country.

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India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

Its a good place to see. All the history related things are based here and good to know about it.Only concern is the fee which they charged at least they should have some discount for Asian countries people.

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Jersey, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

The building is very impressive from the outside but we could see it was having extensive work carried out. Part of it shrouded in netting and scaffolding up. We arrived the same time as a school trip and therefore decided to go the wrong way round. There were many artifacts without labels or just a scant amount of information about... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

Must visit if you are in Colombo. The artifacts are well-labeled and the place is not very crowded. There are some very interesting and ancients exhibits that cover the history of Sri Lanka.

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Address: Albert Crescent, Colombo, Sri Lanka
Phone Number: 0778383798
Location: Asia  >  Sri Lanka  >  Western Province  >  Colombo

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