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Colombo National Museum

Albert Crescent, Colombo, Sri Lanka
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Ranked #13 of 53 Attractions in Colombo
Type: Specialty Museums, History Museums
Description: This museum of Asian civilizations is one of the oldest in Sri Lanka.
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New Delhi, India
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60 reviews 60 reviews
25 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

This is a huge museum so I kept to the areas of interest to me - The clothes, textiles, jewellery and architecture. I was not disappointed. Hardly anyone was there when I went and the quietude was welcome after the streets of Colombo! Staff is courteous and non intrusive. Apparently the building was donated by a Muslim and hence the... More

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Lima Region, Peru
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

This place is a must for anyone interested in learning more about the past of Sri Lanka. It has many great collections and lovely pieces related to the culture of Sri Lanka. Do not miss it!

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Adimaly, India
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

The building itself is such an old beautiful piece of colonial architechure the museum houses lots of interesting stuff

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Lahore, Pakistan
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

Good for history enthusiasts .......................... And like many other places in srilanka had different ticket for foreigners

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Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

There are a lot of important things. But its way of exhibition must be improved.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

Quite interesting. Probably not for children. Didn't stay too long. You have to buy a separate ticket to take any photos.

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Sydney, Australia
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53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

An enjoyable visit that provided background and detail of our 16 days in Sri Lanka. Recommended. Nice café and museum shop.

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Ashford, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

It was the best museum we visited in sri lanka - most of them don't even bother to put proper labels on the items! This had lots of really good artefacts and great stories and information included. Worth visiting, particularly if, like us, you didn't have time to see Anuradhapura and Polennaruwa, the ancient cities. This museum helps to give... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

nice to remind our selves about the history,tradition,culture and architecture.the craftsmanship is admirable.

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Washington, DC
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Unless you're going to all the UN World Heritage sites around the country, you need to stop here. It has fabulous artifacts. It also tells you lots about the current-day country. (Example-when listing the kings of Kandy near the kings' throne, it stops after the last Sinhalese king's name and just says "There were 4 more kings that were Thakurs... More

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