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Colombo National Museum, Colombo

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History Museum
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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  • I have been to the National Museum in Colombo many times. During the last visit I noticed that they need to do some changes to the place, so that it looks better. However I enjoyed visiting the place ...  more »
  • This is an amazing building with a super interesting collection. Here you see all the artefacts and other attributes that come from all various sites across Sri Lanka. It completes you view once you v...  more »
  • Quite a lot packed in here, from masks to ceramics to textiles and weapons. A lot to take in and read but overall quite interesting. Not very interactive for kids, more old school but coffee shop and ...  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.