We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Want the lowest hotel prices? You're in the right place. We check 200+ sites for you.
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: Pettah, Colombo, Sri Lanka
Phone Number:
+94 11 2 448466

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 95 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 8
  • 24
    Very good
  • 18
  • 10
  • 7
A revealing look at Sri Lanka's Dutch history

I always thought of Sri Lanka as being a British colony but this museum showed me how wrong I was. I describes the original Portugese settlement and then the Dutch period and... read more

3 of 5 bubblesReviewed August 21, 2016
Add Photo Write a Review

95 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
  • More
Showing 67: English reviews
Doha, Qatar
Level Contributor
636 reviews
445 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 328 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a very intact 18th Century Dutch house and the best example in Colombo. It has many original features and houses a collection of furniture and artifacts. It also has a nice garden and out buildings. The problem is that this special house is not well maintained and the collection of items is being ruined. I thought this when... More 

Thank DohaInternational
Hong Kong, China
Level Contributor
539 reviews
252 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 122 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Same story as the national museum: another beautiful old building left to rot with poorly presented artefacts. Guide books (I'm looking at you, Lonely Planet) can be way off the mark sometimes. With some proper attention, this could be really interesting. At the moment, it's not.

1 Thank TheOExpress
Level Contributor
3 reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It may be more interesting for a non dutch person. For me it was just copies of old documents, some coins, weapons and furniture. Nothing really special. Also the district it's in is massively crowded.

Thank Danny K
Level Contributor
130 reviews
46 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 27, 2016 via mobile

Tucked away in a tiny lane in the Petah market, this museum looks very much out of place. It's colossal white columns sudden jump out on you. The building itself posses a air of the Dutch era but has been left to rot. The staff is very friendly and helpful. Antique paintings are covered in dust, writings are failing and... More 

1 Thank boomtangboy
Bangkok, Thailand
Level Contributor
101 reviews
51 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 25, 2016 via mobile

Possible the worst museum anywhere on the planet. An antique wardrobe and a dagger does not make this a tourist attraction. It's basically an expensive fee to use a dirty bathroom. Avoid this place like the plague

1 Thank BangkokAndy1976
Level Contributor
76 reviews
51 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 20, 2016

Interesting that the building was the Dutch governer's mansion in 1659, but the collection is poorly curated and the location is an absolute *disaster* to find. The inner courtyard is somewhat interesting, but overall not worth the effort to get to this venue....

1 Thank Sea G
Level Contributor
49 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 14, 2016

First of all, dear reader, THERE WAS NEVER A DUTCH PERIOD IN COLOMBO, LET ALONE SRI LANKA. Yes they came like pirates and had something like embassy or a sort of business area with some dutch soldiers etc. This building is of that time and exhibits some of the artifacts of that period. But just few things to see and... More 

Thank Farhan K
Colombo, Sri Lanka
Level Contributor
176 reviews
94 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2016

This Dutch period Museum is located in the heart of the Colombo city. Really hard to have access by using any vehicle. Best option to reach the place if walk from Fort Railway station or near to Main street. Good place to get all memories of Dutch period in few hours. You need maximum 3 hours.

Thank jthatparan j
Level Contributor
25 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 31, 2016

Beautiful building. Old-fashioned and dusty collection of artefacts. Good on the VOC stuff. Nice place to shelter from the madly crowded streets of Pettah.

Level Contributor
143 reviews
56 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 21, 2016

I always thought of Sri Lanka as being a British colony but this museum showed me how wrong I was. I describes the original Portugese settlement and then the Dutch period and gives a lot of informaiton about the original people as well and how they were influenced by, and in turn, influenced the settlers. A fascinating insight into a... More 

Thank TangramUK

Travelers who viewed Dutch Period Museum also viewed

Colombo, Western Province
Colombo, Western Province

Been to Dutch Period Museum? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Dutch Period Museum staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?