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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.
  • Excellent19%
  • Very good43%
  • Average28%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible2%
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Albert Crescent, Colombo, Sri Lanka
+94 77 838 3798
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Visited this place when I had a few hours to kill in Colombo. The entrance fee of Rs.1000 was too high in my opinion. The collections of the museum vary from very average to somewhat interesting. Some more contemporary displays would have been nice. Foreigners:...More

Thank KD128
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

The museum is in an impressive old building and grounds. Inexpensive entry. Linear walk round well presented displays, with some interesting items. Well worth a visit if you arrive in Colombo and before you head out to explore the country and its historical sites. Was...More

Thank Surfthemaze
Reviewed 3 days ago

A lovely day out, I paid $1,000 rupees to get in and my Sri Lankan husband paid about .60 rupees! There is some amazing things to look at 15 rooms in total, with artefacts just laying around everywhere. I was surprised to see such old...More

Thank Jodie W
Reviewed 5 days ago

Rs. 1000 per person will get you into this stately building and its well organized halls containing a vast collection of artifacts from ancient and colonial history. Unfortunately, it does stop there, and you do not learn about contemporary Sri Lanka. Thankfully, the collection is...More

Thank Reslysten54
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Skip the natural history museum even though you have to get a combined ticket for 1,200 - it’s just basic earth history. The Sri Lankan history exhibits in the other building are disorganised but go on for longer than you’d expect and cover many different...More

Thank mrdom
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Colombo National Museum is a treasure worth visiting. Allow enough time if you like history. 2 stories of treasures about Sri Lanka. The National Museum houses 4,000 palm leaf manuscripts, coins, guns and weapons, art and the history of early man. Worth a visit.

Thank Drgole
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Plenty of historical artefacts to see aswell as beautiful sculptures. The museum has a lot of view and read about.

Thank Amy L
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was only our 2nd day in Sri Lanka and before we made our way up country it was a chance to understand the early history of Sri Lanka and how some of the places we planned to visit fit together. It was housed in...More

Thank Tina K
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is the best place to learn the Sri Lankan history. There are lot of things to read and see over here. I really liked the new room dedicated to the Silk Road and the Chinese Shi dynasty who were originally Sri Lankan who went...More

Thank Ayon13
Reviewed 1 week ago

A good 1.5 hour is useful for this very rich museum presenting collections form the whole island, with paintings, scuptures and many photos of places to be later visited. entrance 1000 rupees, no photo fee.

Thank Pascale R
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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.
14 January 2017|
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Response from Commanderlv | Reviewed this property |
Unfortunately YES