Colombo National Museum, Colombo

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Learn about the history of the nation, its people, and its natural habitats at Colombo National Museum, one of the country's premier cultural institutions. Established in 1877 under British colonial rule, the museum possesses a large collection of artifacts and specimens related to the nation's cultural and natural heritage, displayed in rooms arranged by date and theme. Don't miss the crown jewels and throne of the last King of Kandy, returned to Sri Lanka by the British Government. Colombo National Museum is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our custom trip planner, Colombo Edition.
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  • We visited here one afternoon and only stayed for less than an hour (We didn't go round the whole mueseum). There are some interesting statues/artefacts but the captions etc are all a bit dry and unin...  more »
  • Huge colonial building in imposing grounds. The huge reception rooms make a good museum space and some of the countries treasures should not be missed. A super throne etc etc Pity there is little hist...  more »
  • We enjoyed a slow wander around the collection in this fine colonial building that houses artifacts and treasures from Sri Lanka's long history and archeology. Most items are displayed reasonably well...  more »
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  • Very impressive. Excellent collection and collection is way above average for a museum in a developing nation. Professionally kept. My only concern is the absence of air conditioning, not just for the visitor’s comfort but for the preservation of artifacts. The natural history part do got “some” air but not fully. The Blue Whale skeleton is amazing and that alone is worth the visit. About the admission: You need TWO tickets, one for the museum and one for the Natural History section. Unless you just want to see one, make sure to buy a combine ticket as it is cheaper than buying two separate tickets. They don't make it clear there.
  • This is the national museum of the country. The building it self is grand. But interiors look oldish and dark.Priceless piece of art lies in a gloomy hall without air conditioning or temperature and humidity control. The best thing is you get the chance to see true items,the worst thing is very poor setup,with too many displays in one place.They could do better.Change items on display leaving more space for visitors time to time,like many museums do. I love the collection but it need improvement,like cafe,toilets and lighting.
  • When i visit to this place, this was my first time. I face a difficulties because my wife is having disabilities of walking. first there is no one to guide me and i did not know where i can buy tickets. At the main entrance on road there is no information about any of this. I had herd time to walk and wait for much time to get inside. Other than this there are good comparative people who guide in side. Some of the guide, they don't have good knowledge about the historic. Looking in side the all museum, a person with disabilities of walking had difficulties to get upstairs. The place is beautiful and the its very historic for students who do researches. My family loved to visit this place. I do recommend to any one who interest in history to visit and explore this beautiful place.
  • We were quite disappointed with the museum - it was 1,000 rupees per person (so a lot more than the temples and other museums) but the rooms themselves are quite dark and poorly laid out. The outside of the building is very impressive, but it's not as good inside! Also, we came at 4pm and were warned that we only had 1hr to go round, but they actually closed the top half at 4.30pm and sent us back to the half that we had already seen... So if you are coming at that time, go straight to the top floor and work your way back down!
  • Interesting place. Very generous museum, they just leave the few hundred years old statue for you to have near observation. Overall is awesome. But need to take note that the museum is abit hot inside especially when crowded. Best to prepare mini fan then you can enjoy fully.
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