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Address: Albert Crescent, Colombo, Sri Lanka
Phone Number: 0778383798
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This museum of Asian civilizations is one of the oldest in Sri Lanka.

This museum of Asian civilizations is one of the oldest in Sri Lanka.

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Sri Lanka with over a 2500 years of recorded history has very little to display at the premium museum in Colombo. Housed in a large complex there was no directory for visitors... read more

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Sydney, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Sri Lanka with over a 2500 years of recorded history has very little to display at the premium museum in Colombo. Housed in a large complex there was no directory for visitors. Many artifacts were covered and some dimly lit. The whole place needs a revamp to attract tourists and by the way entry fee is a joke compared to... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

You pay 600 rupees for the ticket to natural history museum and national museum. If it's your first few days in Colombo, the artifacts are nice and interesting, but I have been to ancient cities in the north and It was nothing new for me. And the building is currently under construction so you can't really admire the colonial architecture.... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

it was partially under construction when i went there so i assume it should be better. they sell combo ticket for this one and a nature museum close to it. i did not enjoy the nature museum, it's way too old and small, but the national museum has quite nice things to see, a little bit of everything about sri... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a building that has so much potential to be great. However, currently it is in urgent need for a major renovation! The flow of the museum galleries does not make much sense. On the upper floor, the old water colour section has no light and no fan. And the Natural History Museum which is opened in the 80s... More 

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Noida, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This museum has stuff from around 12th century and gives a good idea of the way of life at that point in time. Well preserved artefacts are very interesting and will goad you to dig further into Sri Lanka's history.

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a beautiful and very historic building with all the architectural merit and charm that draws you in. However, the facade is tired and needs drastic remedial conservation work. Having worked in this field many of the works needed, as so often is the case, is from pure neglect and minimal (or worse, non-existent) maintenance works. So many of... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The ticket to the museum actually gives you access to two museums. It's a nice museum with very much info in English but the fact that you have to buy a separate permit to take pictures is a bit bogus I think. You can enter from the side of the big park aswell as on the other side. The giftshop,... More 

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Thank J. B
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The museum is in to parts ... Just go to the historical part . the first part is like .. a school projects.... With models... Found the building to be aged ... Though some renovation was going on... On the whole was dehydrated.... Though in front of the museum u find local painters selling their wares... Managed to strike s... More 

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Bunbury, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I enjoyed our visit to the museum last week but could not find a lot of information there about the colonial days of Ceylon. Maybe it was in the areas that were closed off for renovation. Other people I spoke to said they were also looking for the same as me. The Sri Lankans don't seem to want know about... More 

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Bangkok, Thailand
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It's very sad to see that Sri Lankan national treasures and history are being displayed in this dark, hot and not well laid out. Museum is a mirror to reflect how proud the locals are to show the world. Sri Lanka and its people are lovely, but not this museum. Hope authorities will hear what most of tourists is saying... More 

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