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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.
  • Excellent22%
  • Very good42%
  • Average27%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible2%
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“on display” (35 reviews)
“worth a visit” (48 reviews)
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Albert Crescent, Colombo, Sri Lanka
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+94 77 838 3798
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"sri lankan history"
in 82 reviews
"on display"
in 35 reviews
"worth a visit"
in 48 reviews
"colonial building"
in 22 reviews
"take photos"
in 21 reviews
"souvenir shop"
in 12 reviews
"entrance fee"
in 17 reviews
"couple of hours"
in 12 reviews
"great collection"
in 10 reviews
"must visit place"
in 11 reviews
"exhibits"
in 148 reviews
"galleries"
in 29 reviews
"country"
in 91 reviews
"agriculture"
in 24 reviews
"kingdoms"
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"paintings"
in 47 reviews
"information"
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

On a beautiful colonial building, they’re gather a large collection of stone and bronze statues, ancien coins, various artefacts, clothes, etc. It’s quite busy and hot but worth the effort.

Thank PhilFrenchRiviera
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Go there. It’s all great, especially the death masks! A rambling building of different rooms dedicated to Sri Lankan history.

Thank Matthew P
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Great selection of artifacts and historic items throughout Sri Lanka’s history. I would suggest going on the weekend as school groups visit during the week so it can be quite crowded. It is set in a beautiful building and feels very calm and you can...More

Thank travellingchick81
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Reviewed 5 days ago

National Museum of Colombo is the largest museum in colombo where it shows history with full of knowledge.worth visiting.

Thank kamal_innovaa
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This museum building seems old palace. It had around 16 rooms to visit. Archeology lover must watch once. A nice garden outside the museum building. An idol of Lord Buddha under a tree in garden is peaceful! There is a small canteen on backside of...More

Thank MehaDesai
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Absolutely stunning building and was originally built to be a museum. Inside, museum covers entire history of Sri Lanka from prehistoric times and then groups through different government/city capital periods. Amazing range of artefacts and the museum is well curated and signposted as you are...More

Thank Catherine M
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

If u need to know srilankan culture and history this is the best place must do in Colombo. The place is full of knowledgeable things mostly the old ones u can learn history of srilanka while u reading the captions wrote on each stories.

Thank Emma_Fiyo
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was definitely a cool place to see some history about Sri Lanka! There are 15 exhibits total. The museum only has fans to cool the place off so it fit very hot in some of the rooms. Be advised there is no photography allowed.

Thank Heather D
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A must visit for history buff, we thoroughly enjoyed the experience. It was amazing journey with very polite non obstructive attendents in all halls. A person needs atleat 6 hours to thoroughly enjoy it.

Thank Vidhuchandola
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

If you are interested in the history and culture of Sri Lanka, the Colombo National Museum is a must. The displays are carefully curated with short but interesting detail and context provided. It’s a pity there is not an illustrated catalogue, though this would need...More

Thank irene212016
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chaitraliakulkarni
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
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mamadeda
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.
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girlgamine
14 January 2017|
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