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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  • 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 o...  more »
  • 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 phot...  more »
  • Buildings in Colombo, many are very nice but the Nationsl Museum is especially from the plant. It is also very good with children.
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  • There's a lot of potential here. The facade and the surrounding garden are beautiful. Rs 1000 for foreigner isn't cheap by local standard. Take note, this place isn't air conditioned nor it has sufficient indoor lighting. Some rooms are brighter aome are so dark and dull. Cleanliness is so so. The museum is organized in such a way you must finish almost every room from downstairs to upstairs. It is annoying and doesn't give you a quick tour kind of option. Content wise it's fine and giving you heaps of information and exhibits which are associated with their unique history. You'll need an hour or two at least. The attached gift shop sells boring uninteresting souvenirs.
  • A great potential to teach (especially younger) folk about natural science and living and inanimate things. But the building and the collection is very old and you feel is not going to last many years to the future. Many areas and exhibits are closed off for maintenance predictably. Enthusiastic and helpful staff though. The main national museum and this shares certain exhibits that belong to each other and perhaps could have been coordinated better
  • After renovation it's way better. But still it's boring. Poorly arranged artifacts and hot (no AC) makes the visits unpleasant. Souvenirs shop is a disappointment (you can use Laksala nearby)
  • Great muzeum will lots to see. Big mansion turned into Muzeum. U can spend hours here.
  • Really interesting museum to know Sri Lanka's history. Fans everywhere so that it's not too hot. The building itself is also nice to see

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Despite its relatively low cost of living, Colombo accommodations tend to be fairly pricey. Close to the sea and the lake, as well as near the city's parks and the plazas, hotels come in the form of old colonial buildings and ultra-modern high rises, with a decent selection of each to choose from. Budget-conscious travelers should pay attention to the short rental options in the town's more residential areas, or look for the smattering of simple, but serviceable options close to the main train stations, and on the side streets set back from the waterfront.
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