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Colombo National Museum

Address: Albert Crescent, Colombo, Sri Lanka
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Ranked #15 of 86 things to do in Colombo
Type: Specialty museums, History museums, Museums
Owner description: This museum of Asian civilizations is one of the oldest in Sri Lanka.
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Type: Specialty museums, History museums, Museums
Owner description: This museum of Asian civilizations is one of the oldest in Sri Lanka.

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lewes
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26 reviews 26 reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

One of the lovely old colonial buildings in Colombo away from the crush. Interesting paintings and ancient stone urinals!

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Sri Lanka
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

The Colombo Museum as it was called at the beginning was established on 1st January 1877. It founder was Sir William Henry Gregory, the British Governor of Ceylon (Sri Lanka) at the time. The Royal Asiatic Society (CB) was instrumental in bringing to the notice of Gregory on his appointment as Governor in 1872 the need for a public museum... More 

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Newcastle-under-Lyme, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

If history interests you then maybe worth a visit - the museum and art gallery are in an area away from the City centre but one of the main reasons for a visit is the sale of the street art, ( very impressive) The museum and art gallery has WC - shop, café & disabled facilities.

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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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21 reviews 21 reviews
6 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Colombo National Museum has undergone many sad incidents over the past three years, The main stairway collapsed injuring many school children, then the place was robbed twice within a couple of years. The main staircase is still not repaired thus preventing visitors from viewing the upper floors which is the main attraction. The authorities charge half of the entrance fees... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015 via mobile

It is a really a place that you should visit if you are seeking the history of Sri Lanka although it is not the MET or the Smitsonium, it has our country's past within its walls.this is what I feel...

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Whangarei, New Zealand
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

A moderalely-interesting collection, and Colombo is short of things to see so one might as well go here. A plus point is that it will provide some background on the ancient cities, if you plan to take them in on your visit (strongly recommended)

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Midsomer Norton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

Art works from the 5th century included. Many galleries of art, stone work, linens, weaving, all that you would expect from such an old civilization. Entry for tourists: Rp 300 (UKP 1.50). Photography permission ticket Rp 250. Be prepared for the invasion of hoards of school children from time to time. Two restaurants there are - one for the museum... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

We went today to have a look and it was OK. I was a bit disappointed that the beautiful colonial facade was completely covered in scaffolding but every "old lady" needs a face lift! I did find the first part of the museum with the history and Kandy Kingdom very informative...pity that few rooms are closed but all in all... More 

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Pondicherry, India
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

The National Museum was the highlight of our stay in Colombo. It houses great collections of Sri Lankan art, in chronological galleries that give a good historic perspective. There's a good amount of information provided about the main periods of Sri Lankan history and their characterics, the evolution of techniques and styles, etc... Unfortunately the upper floor was closed for... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

Impact of Change of rulers from different cultures on the life of common people and the effluent clearly evident

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