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National Museum Kandy

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Address: National Museum, Kandy, Central Province, Kandy 20000, Sri Lanka
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+94 81 2 223867

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History of kandy

Do Visit this museum if you have some extra time. where you be able to see how the town was formed and also a small history of tea

Reviewed 8 November 2016
Coimbatore, India
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London, United Kingdom
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29 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The museum consists of a lot of artifacts without much context or explanation. We hoped to learn more about the history of Kandy and Sri Lanka (as this was our first destination) and have some respite from the heat but the museum didn't really deliver. If this was a free activity I might say its worth popping in for a... More 

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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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24 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 March 2017

Been here couple of times, where you can go back in time dreaming, whilst walking through the many corridors taking you to different rooms full of artifacts collected, which gives you and insight in to the life styles and utensils in ancient times. Further, walking through the rooms, one gets the chance of seeing many of the weapons used by... More 

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Tucson, Arizona
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8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
Reviewed 15 January 2017

As of January 2017, this museum is still closed. (Someone noted this back in March, but I thought it would be good to provide a more recent update.) On the plus side, the location is right near the Garrison Cemetery, the Lake, and the Cultural Center, so it's not the end of the world if you go and it's still... More 

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Coimbatore, India
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467 reviews
262 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 345 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 November 2016

Do Visit this museum if you have some extra time. where you be able to see how the town was formed and also a small history of tea

Thank Gugan_Ilango
Stockholm, Sweden
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53 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 April 2016

A decent sized museum with some interesting displays. Gets unbearably hot inside so bring some water and a fan! A camera pass is an additional cost.

1 Thank Impa88
Colombo, Sri Lanka
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291 reviews
52 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 144 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 March 2016

Looks like it will take many months to complete. Building material and tools are carelessly dumped on the ancient stone carvings in the garden and no one seems to care

Thank Gayan P
Colombo, Sri Lanka
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66 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 December 2015

From gems to jewellery, swords to crowns, the museum is full of wonderful well preserved exhibits from from the Kandyan Kingdom, now relocated in newer premises inside the temple itself, a must visit for the curious / budding historian and school children.

Thank nstd
Mombasa, Kenya
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31 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 29 May 2015

I would recommend this for everyone irrespective of caste or creed. Overall it is a wonderful experience for all to see.

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Frankfurt, Germany
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 January 2015

Our guid recommended to us the visit of the National Museum and it was a good tip since we had seen already a lot of Buddhistic artefacts and wanted to get to know more about recent history of Sri Lanka.

2 Thank Mi k
Colombo, Sri Lanka
2 reviews
Reviewed 21 January 2015

The National Museum in Kandy, while small, has a few excellent pieces, which give you an idea of what the Kandy kingdom was like, and also how proud this region is of their resistance to British occupation and rule. We spent a quiet couple of hours here, which is mpre than sufficient to browse through - I wish they more... More 

Thank Nigel W

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