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

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good museum

By visiting this museum one can see the previous era life and culture of the people of Sri Lanka. Child and student must should visit

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 27, 2015
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Townsville, Australia
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13 reviews 13 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

We got a combined trip for the national museum and the natural history museum and found it to be very old fashioned and boring. There was nothing about the political history of the country and independence at all. Lots of stuffed animals and plant clippings in jars (in the natural history museum) and let's not forget the 2-headed goat with... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

By visiting this museum one can see the previous era life and culture of the people of Sri Lanka. Child and student must should visit

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Colombo
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92 reviews 92 reviews
17 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

Colombo National museum which is the largest museum in Sri Lanka is a good place to visit. Everything is nice. It has a huge collection from very ancient times..but this time of the period its going under a huge renovation and half the exhibits are not possible to be seen. Looks like its going to complete the renovations soon.

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McAllen, Texas
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29 reviews 29 reviews
6 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

A good look at early Sri Lanka.. But no A/C so go early in the day.. Cost 600 SLR.. Lots of school children the afternoon I went that slowed down the process.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

The National Museum has some interesting artefacts from various sites around Sri Lanka and the English language descriptions are informative and understandable. However,it is difficult to focus on the exhibits when you are fast becoming a pool of sweat! There is a new cafe which looks good although we were not ready for lunch.

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Baltimore, Maryland
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35 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

I think I'd say this museum is between "average" and "very good" still worth a look. You'll see everything from sculpture, painting, textiles and more. Some of the clothing and jewelry was most interesting to me as well as the gold throne - amazing! It's not air-conditioned so you may be sweating up a storm. If you need a break... More 

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54 reviews 54 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

Couldn't spend much time here due to my train to Kandy but worth a trip if you plan a little more time for the place. Seemed rich of heritage and history. Interesting place if you want to know more about Ceylon's past times.

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Tokyo, Japan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

View the 2500 plus years of history of Srilanka. Very nice. Especially the last king's throne and clothes. A must for history buffs.

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Montreal, Canada
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31 reviews 31 reviews
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

We were not expecting much after reading some of the comments below about cost ( still not a fortune ! ) and the dim lighting. We were however pleasantly transported back in time to each stop on our 25 day itinerary, revisiting all the temples and important sites. The clear well written English descriptions accompanying the displays helped us to... More 

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Borobudur, Indonesia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

The collection (on my visit) was not on display, in its entirety. By reading the other posts, I'm sure you've deduced the stairway collapse and closure of the upper galleries. The stunning two storey heritage building, that houses some of Sri Lankas most valuable and significant National Treasures, was restricted to the ground floor only. Some of the exhibits were... More 

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