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Colombo National Museum

Albert Crescent, Colombo, Sri Lanka
+94 77 838 3798
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This museum of Asian civilizations is one of the oldest in Sri Lanka.
  • Excellent17%
  • Very good43%
  • Average29%
  • Poor9%
  • Terrible2%
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Albert Crescent, Colombo, Sri Lanka
+94 77 838 3798
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Reviewed August 18, 2016

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...More

Thank WK S
Reviewed August 17, 2016

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.

Thank Sandhuz
Reviewed August 17, 2016

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...More

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Reviewed August 16, 2016 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...More

Thank J. B
Reviewed August 15, 2016 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...More

Thank Ashish P
Reviewed August 15, 2016

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...More

Thank Gloria C
Reviewed August 13, 2016 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...More

1  Thank Neung1
Reviewed August 13, 2016 via mobile

The items in the museums are beautiful , but there is no AC and the items are not well organized and the place need a lot of work to be five stars museum that reflect a very rich culture and society like Sri Lanka

Thank almazrouei1977
Reviewed August 11, 2016

A very average experience in a building that needs rather a lot of work to it, inside and out. There appeared to be some renovation works going on but the exhibits inside were very hit and miss. Also, there's no air conditioning and was stiflingly...More

Thank TheDrakes27
Reviewed August 10, 2016 via mobile

From all pictures you see in the Internet of the massive colonial building and with all the history of Sri Lanka you would expect a good collection of exhibits, but this is not the case. Firstly its cost reflected a decent museum but this was...More

Thank oggy101
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Response from shyamparekh | Reviewed this property |
You can contact on the following coordinates to double check what others have confirmed, in case if you want to be super sure. I remember that it's open from 9am and closes at 6 pm. You can check the website of Lankan... More
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Response from spotpro | Reviewed this property |
The Colombo museum as it was called at the beginning was established on 1 January 1877. It founder was Sir William Henry Gregory the British Governor of Ceylon (Sri Lanka) at the time. The Royal Asiatic Society (CB) was... More