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Address: Pettah, Colombo, Sri Lanka
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+94 11 2 448466

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Small Museum in a hard to find place, need major face lift

While we were looking for something else found this unexpected museum. A very small dutch museum which is not well maintained. It was only 10 LKR and just had a quick visit like... read more

3 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
Thisanthi
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Colombo
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Colombo
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Hard to find but obviously an important building with some interesting features and pieces from the 18th century period when Dutch were here - worth a visit

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Thank svperera
Colombo
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188 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

While we were looking for something else found this unexpected museum. A very small dutch museum which is not well maintained. It was only 10 LKR and just had a quick visit like 30 minutes. Good for people who are interested on history. Not recommend for others as an attraction.Bit hard to find as well.

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Bellevue, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It is an important and old building. It does have quite a few original pieces. It was not crowded when we visited. However, there is nothing dazzling or must-see. The labels and posted explanations are either long-winded and academic or brief and confusing. It's good to know that the Portuguese and Dutch both had a hand in shaping Sri Lanka... More 

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Thank John S
Doha, Qatar
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 337 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 6, 2017

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 

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Hong Kong, China
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 132 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 29, 2016 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.

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2 Thank TheOExpress
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 28, 2016 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.

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Thank Danny K
Mumbai
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130 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 84 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 

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2 Thank boomtangboy
Bangkok, Thailand
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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

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Seattle
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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....

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1 Thank Sea G
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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 

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