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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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The staff are very friendly and helpful. But there are no AC only a few fans so it was very hot and that made us rush through the rest of the museum without taking the time to... read more

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed today NEW via mobile

The staff are very friendly and helpful. But there are no AC only a few fans so it was very hot and that made us rush through the rest of the museum without taking the time to appreciate everything

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Negombo, Sri Lanka
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is a storehouse of knowledge, institution to institution and enlightening way to spend the day.

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Pinhal Novo, Portugal
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The title says it all. Colombo is about taking your money and running. This museum is no exception. You even need a 'Camera pass' to be able to take pictures of the few exhibits which are open. Sad really.

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Felbridge, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Visited the natural history museum. A dark and gloomy place with many very tired exhibits. Not worth a visit

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Thank rogwindymiller
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Neat museum with displays of different era's. There is also English signs explaining what's shown. Our favourite part of the museum was the agricultural part, life size figures show the life of the farmers through the ages. Staff are friendly and drinks are served at the somewhat ambiance lacking restaurant.

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Thank Manon G
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Got some interesting artifacts. Very poorly maintained and dusty. Can get crowded on holidays. Nice Victorian building with statue of the queen nearby.

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Thank Jayasundara D
Colombo, Sri Lanka
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This place has many statues and items which shows the traditions and the 2,500 years old history of Sri Lanka. Most of them are related to Buddhism. If you visit colombo, this is one of the places you must go.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You can spend at least 2 hours wondering between the different rooms, & buildings exploring the different exhibitions on display at this museum. There is also a very good cafe & souvenir shop within the Museums vast grounds - peaceful to wander through. Just try & ensure you have small currency when buying tickets as cashier didn't have enough change... More 

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Copenhagen, Denmark
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Maby it will be better as the museum is under renovation but as it is now it's boring. To dark in many of the rooms so it was difficult to see the paintings and other things. There was so many local schools visiting when I was there. It was impossible to walk around because of the children in many hundreds.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The building looks grandeur and pretty from outside but stepping inside the museum you'll see many historical artifacts are left exposed to elements. Some visitors were even touching them. Many others are not labelled and not maintained properly.

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