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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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Under renovation

The museum was under renovation during our visit and some parts of the exhibit were closed because of that. Kinda annoying to pay the full price if you don't get to see the museum... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The Colombo National museum is a must visit place for anyone trying to get a quick over view on Sri Lankas history. The galleries may not be the best out there but they are informative! The sprawling gardens are a nice place to unwind. Check out queen Victoria's statue at the back entrance facing the park bearing her name

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

The museum was under renovation during our visit and some parts of the exhibit were closed because of that. Kinda annoying to pay the full price if you don't get to see the museum totally. The things we saw were interesting. The museum's fans were ok and we didn't feel that sweaty during our visit.

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Agra, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The museum is located is a big area with a massive colonial building. Entry tickets and photo permits are slightly above what one would like to pay. A portion of the museum was under renovation when we visited. Good collection of ceramics, costumes, stone statues and other artefacts. Its the best that you can get in Sri Lanka; hence a... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited the national museum and it was an interesting and intriguing experience. They had some good exhibits but they lacked cohesion - I would have liked the exhibits to follow a chronological history of the country. Shame that much of the museum is run down and that parts were closed when we visited. However, a good place to visit... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The building is undoubtedly beautiful but the renovations are certainly taking their toll on your ability to look around the place. The artifacts are interesting but there doesn't seem to be much logic to the order of the exhibits or ease in getting around them. Some of the explanations are a bit patchy. I would recommend it for am hour... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Although under renovation still worthwhile a short visit. Good collection of colonal periods archeology.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

it occupies an old colonial building. not very well maintained. admission fee is a little over priced. nothing much inside

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Went here with my partner. 650 rupee per adult plus a 250 rupee charge to get permission to take photos of the items inside the museum. Worth the visit. Some of the pieces are extremely old and amazing to look at. Tours are available however we didn't go on one. The gift shop is fully of amazing things however it... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

As opposed to many archeological sites in Sri Lanka where racism is sustained with disproportionated foreigner entry fees, this museum belongs to an international collection of museums designed to spread and share culture all around the world.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The museum is being rebuilt hence a lot places are shut when we were visiting. As a museum lover, this national museum was somewhat underwhelming. The exhibition rooms are vey dark and texts are very small so I had difficulties reading them. Things that were on exhibition were quite good, but you will find the same things everywhere in the... More 

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