The Central Point - Economic History Museum, Colombo

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  • In the Fort area of beautiful buildings. Facing the street are attracted to the building, and in ground floor portion had become a museum here. Got in free with free admission. Above the second floor was like a regular Office, central circular atrium was a very nice building.
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  • Loved the ancient building and the chandelier, which was the prime reason we decided to have a look around inside. And we weren't disappointed. I'm not much into history, but the currency history of S...  more »
  • Very spacious Friendly staff The cafeteria is good The place gives a good ambiance for patients Pharmacy is efficient  more »
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  • This museum is maintained by the Central Bank of Sri Lanka and it gives a vast opportunity for everyone to learn about history of the money system of Sri Lanka. It has a great collection of historic icons which depicts the gradual development of money system. All CBSL publications are available for sale.
  • Nothing much to see. But the collection of ancient coins is very impressive.
  • Central bank owned building, renovated by defence ministry in year 2014. This was a abondened building for many years. Pension department was operated here many years back.
  • Good place to find out about the monetary history of Sri Lanka. Free entry and most commemorative coins are available for sale
  • THE CENTRAL POINT BUILDING The Central Point building, with its stately Corinthian columns, large window panels, circular glass dome, and marble cladded interior, which continues to add lustre and charm to the landscape of Colombo. This picturesque building was designed by Walker and Adams, Architects and construction was done by the Ralph McDonald Company. It was opened in 1914, as the branch office of the National Mutual Life Association of Australasia Limited, an Insurance company based in Australia. It was considered the tallest building in Colombo in 1914, and in the decade following. Today, it would undoubtedly be a construction that many historians would find of immense interest and value, as it exhibits a blend of cultures, traditions, lifestyles, customs, livelihood activities and architecture took place within the bustling coastal city. In 1973, the Cooperative Wholesale Establishment of Sri Lanka (CWE) acquired this building from the National Mutual Life Association of Australasia Ltd. In 1996, its interior was very badly impaired as a result of the massive terrorist bomb blast that occurred at the Central Bank premises, and had been in a highly dilapidated state until 2011, at which time the Central Bank acquired it from the CWE. Immediately thereafter, the Central Bank started the restoration of the building, making every possible endeavour to preserve the architectural and archaeological value of the property, while also giving it the name “The Central Point Building”, as it is known today. The new name suits agreeably, as the building is located opposite the historic Clock Tower of Colombo, which is considered the “Central Point" of the island's road network. As a tribute to the architectural, archaeological and economic importance of this historic building, the Central Bank has established the first ever “Economic History Museum of Sri Lanka” at this celebrated landmark. - Communications Department, Central Bank of Sri Lanka

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