Specialty Museums in Colombo

Top Specialty Museums in Colombo, Sri Lanka

Specialty Museums in Colombo

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  • SuVi
    Colombo, Sri Lanka47 contributions
    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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  • hoi61
    Austria66 contributions
    Not only was it wonderful to be houseguest in Geoffrey Bawa's Colombo home, but to be looked after by the kindred spirit of Rohana, a 'butler' who served Mr Bawa in his late years too, was absolutely wonderful. What gracious people in that house. I cannot fault anybody for anything. We are grateful to have had the opportunity to study the home and have a really good guided tour on top of it with manager Priyanka and on the side with dear Rohana. thank you!
    Written February 12, 2020
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  • zamanwho
    Dhaka City, Bangladesh1,101 contributions
    The two story colonial era building located on Prince Street at Pettah in the old part of Colombo city, which houses this museum was constructed during the Dutch occupation of Colombo during 17th Century. It represents a unique architectural features of a colonial Dutch town house. The museum closed for renovation during our visit, we only could see the entrance hall and courtyard garden, we were disappointed.
    Written November 21, 2017
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  • hdias
    Reigate, UK408 contributions
    The J R Jayawardene centre is the Presidential Library and study centre of a Sri Lankan President who had a long career both in government and opposition. It contains many paintings, gifts from distinguished visitors and his personal library with no charge to enter. The latter may be of particular interest to those studying political science, international relations and history.

    If you visit, you need to tell the security at the gate (armed services) that you wish to visit the centre. They will probably escort you to the door and ring the bell for admission. We were the only visitors and the interior resembles a sleepy government office that no one visits. There are a few people manning the centre but they don't seem to expect (or get) too many visitors. We started at the top of the building (where the books are) and worked our way down. There is an exhibition of photographs in a small room at the back of the ground floor.
    Written October 19, 2017
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  • Flights on tour
    Phnom Penh, Cambodia60 contributions
    Seems many reviewers only made it into the ground floor room. The actual museum is well set out and gives interesting info about currency development. Staff were keen to guide us and show us aspects (such as anti counterfeiting elements)
    As an aside, ask a few questions about the impounded shelby cobra GT 500 the front. ( it’s been there several years)
    Written July 3, 2018
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  • Wayne M
    Durban, South Africa197 contributions
    It was really interesting to see the history of Sri Lankan cricket and to be able to view the trophies from the World Cup and T20 competitions that they have won.
    Written October 19, 2019
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  • HasithaSub
    London, UK19 contributions
    Its a good puppet museum by Sri Lankan standards. The kids really enjoyed it and enjoyed the performance that was carried out. Its not very clear what the ticket includes. At outset we were told it was for entry and a performance but when it came round to it we were charged extra for the "performance". The performance was not worth it. I did feel ripped off because if I knew earlier I would have said no. No need for a performance.

    Also the opening times are very hit and miss.
    Written April 18, 2016
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  • zamanwho
    Dhaka City, Bangladesh1,101 contributions
    Gem Museum is not a typical museum but a shop displaying highly expensive Gems. Most of the taxi drivers were proposed to take to this places for shopping. All the salespersons are always pushy in these type of shops and try to sell their products but you have to do bargain if you like to buy as they have always asked very high price. It was a good experience to visit the shop in Colombo.
    Written November 18, 2017
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