Colombo National Museum, Colombo

3.5
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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  • Must visit place in Colombo of you are interested in history. Outside area is clean and well maintained. Cafeteria is not very good. Haven't had good impression when I got there. About the inside of the museum is very interesting. There are very large area to be covered. 15 areas are available to watch. Better to start early if you want to visit all of them. Take time and read descriptions to get better knowledge.
  • 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.
  • There is so many knowledge to gather and so much to see about the rich cultural and natural heritage of Sri Lanka. But as a mother of a toddler I give three stars considering facts like absence of air conditioning,(I believe the heat and humidity damages the artefacts too) absence of elevators, not being stroller/ wheelchair friendly at all. Could have improved with more lighting and ventilation, and an attractive souvenir shop as well.
  • Great building, interesting collection. Will take 3 hours at least to cover everything. Some parts were interested and some were just passe.
  • Interesting museum. The artefacts are numerous and all labeled. A good way to know more about Sri Lankan history. Nevertheless, the set up need to be updated. Visitors would appreciate less word and more colorful schematics, or miniature models.
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