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Address: Pettah, Colombo, Sri Lanka
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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
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Doha, Qatar
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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 

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Hong Kong, China
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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.

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1 Thank TheOExpress
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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.

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Thank Danny K
Mumbai
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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 

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1 Thank boomtangboy
Bangkok, Thailand
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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

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Seattle
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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....

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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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Thank Farhan K
Colombo, Sri Lanka
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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.

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Thank jthatparan j
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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.

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UK
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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 

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