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Colombo National Museum, Colombo
(3.2/5 based on 700+ reviews on the web)
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. Add Colombo National Museum and other attractions to your Colombo trip itinerary using our Colombo vacation trip planner.
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  • A few objects and cool sculptures in accessible rooms. Fortunately, the price of entry is low because you pay full price even if more than half of the Museum is closed to the public. Too bad but when everything will be accessible again!
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  • Small part of the museum is open, large scale renovations are ongoing. the Bronzes from Polonnaruwa are beautiful. 
  • This museum is neither well laid out nor are things explained adequately. That said the exhibits are interesting but it's the beautiful old buildings that steal the show. If you need to while away an ...  more »
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  • Must visit.Great place to acquire historical knowledge. well maintained.In here you could see preserved artifacts which Leeds to preserve the country's history. When I read some reviews Some have stated this is only museum in Sri lanka its completely wrong.There are so many.
  • Entry fee of 600 for adults. It's expensive in my opinion for what you see. If you're into historical stuff is not that bad
  • Set in a colonial era building, this museum presents many artefacts for the viewing of visitors. A modest entry fee is asked, but it is well worth it. Items from the many periods in Sri Lankan history are on display along with paintings and clothes from those times. The buildings are not air-conditioned but fans provide some relief from the heat outside. Museum publications are available for purchase as you exit. Recommended.
  • Very usefull and knowledgable place
  • History of Sri Lanka. Some Galeries are refurbished but the others are badly maintained.