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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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Visited the museum whilst on tour in Sri Lanka and was interested to find out more about the country's past and culture. Some of the exhibitions were interesting, and the art... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed August 26, 2015
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St Helens, United Kingdom
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St Helens, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Visited the museum whilst on tour in Sri Lanka and was interested to find out more about the country's past and culture. Some of the exhibitions were interesting, and the art gallery was good to see - especially as the paintings were very similar to those at the Rock Fortress in Sigiriya. However, majority of the museum is under construction... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

At first, I didn't think 600 rupees (about US$4.60) for admission was all that expensive as others have complained, but once past the door, I understood. This is a museum from the 1950s. While it does look like it has a large collection of stuff, they are not well-presented to tell the country's history in a coherent way. The exhibits... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015 NEW

Not worth it!! A major section of the museum was closed. The ticket is also very expensive for foreigners..

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

The biggest in Sri Lanka. My last day was like a back in travel visiting and checking all the laces that I visited before. I discovered nice and new exciting things. It is housed in a colonial white building. My only worried was that part of the museum was under refurbishing. Great day!!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

This is a government owned national museum.This is party closed for renovations. The full opening of this museum is not known.

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Karachi, Pakistan
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

visited the place during my stay in colombo. just an ok place to visit, did not find anything extra ordinary about it. there were 2 shootings of newly married couples in the adjacent parks which was interesting....

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

It's a very good old building which has a great collections of the antiques and treasures of the history of Sri Lanka. The Museum has a great collections of the coins and notes which were used during Portuguese,Dutch and English eras. Kings' clothes, swords and other valuable carvings of Gold and wooden are available here. On Our visit, We were... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

Excellent display and really nice layout. Good thing is everything is in English. Good spot near a few good eateries just up the road as well. Really enjoyed our time here. Don't miss it.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

Nice collection of Sri Lankan artifacts. A good introduction to Sri Lankan styles of art. Several of the galleries were closed when I was there, but there was still enough to make it worth visiting.

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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

When I was young Colombo museum was well know for its great collection of items which had both historical and cultural values but you will not be able see the place which stood like a pride lion in the savana, Instead you would see a poorly maintained building .

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