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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  • October 5, 2017
    The collection is well presented and range is impressive. The building itself is historically fascinating: huge white colonial mansion with courtyard (unfortunately not accessible for visitors) and ba...  more »
  • September 30, 2017
    The place Looks promising from a distance but hardly anything inside. Disorganized and messy. Construction and painting works restricts the smooth movement of tourists. Appeared like the museum of a z...  more »
  • September 27, 2017
    If you are interested in knowing the history of Sri Lanka, then you should visit this place..well maintained. Amazing historical wapens.  more »
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  • June 27, 2017
    It was renovated and beautiful. Good to anyone who wants to dig into history. Lot of information and organised. Animal museum is not good. Inside very hot and dark. No proper lighting
  • June 16, 2017
    wasn't as bad as i thought. floor plan of display categories is okay. No AC but can be cool because of large open doors and fans throughout. the exhibition is worthwhile just once, has loads of historical stuff
  • July 6, 2017
    Excellent collections of art and artifacts depicting the richness of Sri Lankan history and culture, but the discriminatory / prejudicial pricing was horrific! Seeing local students allowed to enter at decent (and fair) prices while foreign students were forced to pay multiples more was a souring experience! Adding insult to injury, wealthy Sri Lankans were afforded entry at small fractions of what foreigners from developing countries (and backpackers on small budgets) were required to pay. This prejudicial - and highly discriminatory -approach to pricing must be discarded in the interest of fairness. Either charge everyone the same price -- or charge nobody anything at all. And if one wishes to discriminate, then do so on the basis of one's ability to pay, allowing individuals to self-report and give what they can. This would be the most fair.
  • July 17, 2017
    Plenty of items are displayed haphazardly. No proper guidance given. Shirt descriptions would have been better than lengthy ones.
  • March 6, 2017
    Good collection of ancient artifacts, culture etc. in a colonial era building itself a historical value. Zoological and botanical sections are also available, but they must be improved. Charged for entrance. extra charged for if taking photographs. Historical items should be arranged more orderly as it will help visitors to understand history more easily. Needs more directions. After all it's a place needs to be visited by both local and foreign visitors to know what Sri lanka really was.

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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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