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Colombo National Museum

Address: Albert Crescent, Colombo, Sri Lanka
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Ranked #12 of 52 Attractions in Colombo
Type: History Museums, Specialty Museums, Museums
Owner description: This museum of Asian civilizations is one of the oldest in Sri Lanka.
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Type: History Museums, Specialty Museums, Museums
Owner description: This museum of Asian civilizations is one of the oldest in Sri Lanka.

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London, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

We decided to head to the museum as it's been over 10 years since I last popped in. I have to say I wasn't disappointed by its contents. New and well needed wall charts explaining archeological treasures that I missed upon my last visit. If you're a visual learner then head over for a great history lesson.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

Decent museum, but they could use some help with spell checking the descriptions on their displays and ordering the attractions. With the sculptures section you are just walking around randomly in no order. Avoid the agriculture section unless you've never seen an Asian farm before. No history there..

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Sydney
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14 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

This is a good museum which is undergoing much needed renovations. It would be particularly helpful to go at the beginning of your visit to Sri Lanka as there is a good history of the island and lots of artefacts from the cultural places like Polonnaruwa that you will probably visit. A couple of earlier reviewers mentioned the lack of... More 

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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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22 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

I only stopped by here bc it was free entry but the front side is under construction so I spent 5 minutes only here for a few pictures..

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

There are a number of interesting things to look around but throughout the museum I felt like it was not well maintained. There were cob webs in some cubicals. I also heard that the staircase had collapsed a few months ago. A pity that such an institution has not been well looked after by the authorities.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

Expansive museum with artifacts from across the ages. Worth a visit. A museum restaurant will be a nice addition.

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Great Yarmouth, United Kingdom
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33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

The museum has a varied and average showing of sri lanka's history, giving an insight to the past culture, ok, worth a visit, be aware, although the museum sits on a large areas, there no benches or shade to enjoy a moments relaxing after you come out. There's nowhere to buy refreshments either on site.

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

A good way to spend time away from the heat to understand the culture of the country.its based on three sections, so there are some stairs to climb..

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Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

The Colombo National Museum is a very well stocked and Well maintained Museum. It has well preserved artifacts ranging from 12th century Idols to 13th Century Chinaware. The Museum has Natural History, Arts, Agriculture, Fabric etc to its list with each one having a different hall. There is a lot of walking to do so be prepared for it. The... More 

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pune
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Good for anybody having a about 3 hours in hand Awesome collections Well documented Good open spaces and garden around Old structure which is cool with some fans Not having much chairs to sit if u r tired But worth visit for a bite in history

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