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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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If you wish to understand the history and past of Sri LAnka, Colombo National Museum is the place to be. Though the museum is little away form the central city it is wortlwhile... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed April 17, 2015
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Pune, India
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Colombo
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13 reviews 13 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

The museum tells the history of Sri Lanka in an elegant work of art. The ancient instruments each carved and filled with gems make you wonder how amazingly the ancient Sri Lankans gave attention to details for even the simplest things. The cultural and historical artifacts will keep you amazed throughout. The best place to understand what Sri Lanka truly... More 

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Pune, India
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 NEW

If you wish to understand the history and past of Sri LAnka, Colombo National Museum is the place to be. Though the museum is little away form the central city it is wortlwhile you visit it. The gallery in the museum also displays artifacts and garments or souvenirs to carry back home.

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Sydney, Australia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

Visit the Museum which is also close by or walking distance from the Whitehouse Residencies. It is not a place with a great collection of historical items but is a large building with a huge landscape up front.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015 via mobile

Great display of Srilankan history. The text to go along the artefacts is clear and the objects at display take you back in time, old urinals, great buddha statues, colonial stones and tapestries displaying hindu and buddhist stories. The museums shows a good overview in a nice building. Great for children, why? Not to big, rooms with different objects, thrones,... More 

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

This is a must see experience. It a very old structure with good landscape & scenic beauty. It a do not miss

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

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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Mumbai
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

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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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 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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