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This museum of Asian civilizations is one of the oldest in Sri Lanka.
Albert Crescent, Colombo, Sri Lanka
+94 77 838 3798
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 17 October 2006

A visit to the museum will leave tourists in no doubt that Sri Lanka's history is fascinating, and bloody. Much like its present day situation in fact. This museum, while under-resourced due to the drain of the war with the LTTE (Tamil Tigers) on the...More

7  Thank Grizabelle
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 5 May 2012

If I had to describe this museum, I would say 2 things: Rip. Off. Ok, hear me out. It's actually a couple museums housed in the same building. But guess what, they're 2 "separate" museums, and thus 2 separate tickets (although you can buy a...More

10  Thank bearanddragonNevada
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All reviews sri lankan history stone carvings interesting artifacts on display worth a visit colonial building take photos souvenir shop great collection entrance fee couple of hours must visit place exhibits galleries agriculture country kingdoms
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Found this glorious colonial building so much better than expected.well laid out with explanatory boards alongside exhibits in English as well as local languages. Some excellent examples of textiles, jewellery and weapons as well as history, archeology examples from the many of the sites we...More

Thank Gilly P
Reviewed 6 days ago

The building is certainly impressive. We found plenty to interest us for the couple of hours we spent there. Some of the paintings were in very poor condition but were nevertheless worth seeing for their historical value. We did rush through some of the rooms...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Simple museum but outstanding basic educational experience of Sri Lanka. I would recommend a visit to get an understanding of the general history of Sri Lanka particular from the 9-10 century onwards

Thank waichoonglye
Reviewed 1 week ago

On an off travel day, not a bad idea to visit to see the cultural early days of SriLanka. Takes about 2 hrs for a complete visit, very interesting

Thank NEIL R
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Good museum - lots to see on the history of Sri Lanka. Descriptions in English also. Some exhibits are a little dated i.e. diaramas with what seems like paper mache models. Good way to spend a couple of hours out of the heat. Price is...More

Thank Alexander_NSN
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A place to spend an hour or so before you head out to visit some of the locations for yourself. Explains the key stages of Sri Lankan history.

Thank Robin Y
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The museum is in a gorgeous building set in large. well maintained gardens. Allow a few hours for your visit and be aware that, at the time of our visit (October 2018) access to the upper floors was only possible until 4pm. The various exhibits...More

Thank RuthyTunes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

i wanted some details on my assignment and i found this place very useful.if someone need any further details please have some guide book or any other way to find more.

Thank Disni N
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

its a historical place,build under srilankan tradition craft, good place to relax ,specially morning and evening

Thank Jayanthe D
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Museum needs a makeover in terms of how exhibits are displayed and explained. There is no air-conditioning. And no guides or tours to explain. There is an interesting display of tourist /sidewalk art outside the museum along the road. More colours and much more lively.

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9 November 2018|
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Response from Kasun F | Reviewed this property |
All 7 days Except public holidays such as Full Moon Poya days, Sinhala & Tamil New Year Day, Thai Pongal, Ramazan, Christmas etc.
19 November 2017|
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Response from Prasad V | Reviewed this property |
Yes, the building was constructed with bricks and masonary. If you wand further details visit, museum.gov.lk See bellow is a General Description . The Colombo Museum as it was called at the beginning was established on... More
2 August 2017|
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Response from taninthomas | Reviewed this property |
The entrance fee in the museum is 600 srilanka rupees for the foreigners. For srilankans it's very cheap I think 100 only. The rate for camera is 250 separate.