Colombo National Museum

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George L
Kelowna, Canada66 contributions
Jan 2020
This is a great museum of the history of the country, with a great collection of artifacts and replicas. The preserved skeletons and the art were my favourite parts. Some of the dioramas need to be touched up but overall a great collection well worth the visit. Compared with some of the museums we have visited, 1000 rupees for admission is cheap, considering that to do this museum justice you will need to spend the whole day here.
Written January 30, 2020
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Directeur0
Wenzhou, China305 contributions
Dec 2019 • Solo
A traditional style of national museum starting with man’s early history up to recent time. It was started by a British colonial. Some interesting exhibits, one which I enjoyed was seeing the colonial period clothing of the Burghers. Worth a visit, but it was a hot day, and there aren’t A/C or good fans. The museum store has many handcrafted items with good prices.
Written January 12, 2020
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2torontotraveller
Toronto, Canada1,953 contributions
Jan 2020
We visited this museum as part of a shore excursion from our cruise ship that was docked in Colombo.

This is a large extensive historical museum housed in beautiful colonial buildings that has quite extensive collections in it. Most of displays did have English explanations. It also has a film at the entrance of the museum that covers some of the history of Sri Lanka. This room has air conditioning and seating.

Since this is a colonial building it does not have air conditioning but I found the temperature was comfortable due to cross breezes. There are no toilets in the museum building itself. However, there are western toilets in the gift shop building and in annex to the main toilet building located outside of the main museum buildings.

The gift shop is quite extensive with lots of various types of souvenirs in it. I would recommend that you spend 2 to 3 hours to fully enjoy this museum.
Written February 6, 2020
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Kate & Bart
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Feb 2020 • Couples
I enjoy visiting national museums when I am travelling because I believe this always widens your perspective of wherever you are and takes you beyond just „sightseeing”. Shame that’s just not the case with this museum :-( It’s quite disappointing and (sorry to say) boring in fact, given the rich history of Sri Lanka. The tickets are 1000LKR for an adult and if you come too close to closing time you are allowed entrance only to the ground floor. Fair enough, but why charge full price for that? There is no A/C so if you do choose to go, don’t do it midday... Better yet - skip the place altogether and buy yourself a good book on the history of Sri Lanka.
Written February 3, 2020
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Dani C
Boston, MA157 contributions
Feb 2020
We came to the National Museum towards the end of the day, in hopes of finding out a little more about the country and to see some of the artifacts illustrating the history. The space itself is vast and quite old. It is a cavernous series of connected rooms cooled only by standing fans, filled with objects and art kept in old cases with glass panes. We saw lovely original pieces and some reproductions with the originals held by the colonist countries still (very sad). The larger general descriptions were well written and helpful, but the objects themselves were only labeled with no identifying facts, which I found frustrating. There were also a number of displays that were dated (lifesized dioramas of jungle scenes with sound effects, etc...). We walked and walked (quickly to get upstairs before the 4pm closing time for upper floors) and were stuck behind a large tour group part of the time, which was very frustrating as they stood in front of important pieces, not moving to let others in to see. I think this is an important landmark and tourist destination that would benefit with major updates to the displays. There is also a sense that the objects are not benefiting from the spaces they are kept in (wondering how they are damaged by the heat/light/etc...). If you have time and the entrance fee, it is worth a visit.
Written February 10, 2020
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SuVi
Colombo, Sri Lanka47 contributions
Jan 2022
The National Museum has now been revamped and there is much more educational and recreational activities for the kids.

several of the exhibits have been renovated and the area is very clean and neat. exhibits have light and sound action installed. there is a large art gallery area which houses old art and crafts items.

A must visit for the kids!
Written January 28, 2022
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Bhaskar_10
New Delhi, India2,412 contributions
Feb 2020
Visited on 22/February/2020

Entry Fee applicable

This place was one of the visit places in the Colombo tour itinerary and this place gives you a understanding of the history of Colombo, its establishment and so on.
Displays are interesting and of interest for all those who love to know in-depth about the place of visit.

If this makes you interested then do visit.
Written April 27, 2020
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Mike255100
Melbourne, Australia226 contributions
Feb 2020
The museum has 15 major displays over two floors of a series of interconnected colonial buildings. We got through the lot but took a break at the cafe next door - you can exit and return at no extra charge. The toilets are located there, too.

We enjoyed the visit - the coins and early trade discussions were particularly interesting. The throne was impressive, too.

It seemed odd that there was not more attention given to the colonial period. Yes, it was mentioned in places but there was not a specific section.

As others have mentioned, it is not air conditioned and the odd tourist group distrupted the otherwise peace and quiet.

It is certainly a grand building from the outside and it is good that it has been retained
Written February 11, 2020
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jenny j
Canberra, Australia26 contributions
Feb 2020
Easy to find your way through the exhibition as there are clear signposts throughout guiding you to each gallery. The exhibits and information provided give a good insight into centuries of Sri Lankan history. We visited after a 2 week trip around Sri Lanka and our visit helped to cement and make sense of what we had seen on our trip. Worth visiting.
Written March 28, 2020
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tdewolf
Chiang Mai, Thailand51 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
We were fascinated by the extensive and breathtaking artifacts displayed in the National Museum. A large colonial style building houses the national collection of Sri Lankan history. Cannot say enough about the quality and the layout of the museum. It was beautiful. The whole of Sri Lankan history (and prehistoric history as well) was presented over many floors and large galleries. We were blown away with the artistry and evolution of the island. A great first stop in Colombo and a must see location.
Written February 3, 2020
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