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Colombo National Museum

Albert Crescent, Colombo, Sri Lanka
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Ranked #12 of 52 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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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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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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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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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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Amazing place. I wish they allow still camera for tourist or charge for same. But worth to visit. The national museum is like a great idea for attract to tourists

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Colombo is one of the most beautiful cities I have been to and what a better place to know the history of Lanka. Although there are many maps, drawing & literature I liked the structure of the building looking from outside.Inside it can be steamy as there is no AC.Huge What a sight of huge Banyan trees in the compound.Dress... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

A great place to spend a couple of hours and learn something about Sri Lankan history and culture. A lovely old building set in beautiful gardens, walking around inside felt like you were already back in time...there is a real atmosphere in there of days long gone. Full of interesting exhibits that you can get close to, its a great... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

The building and grounds were amazing... The museum and contents were ok but the real treat was the massive Banyan trees in the grounds of the building. A $2 entry for foreigners and some nice artefacts...

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