Colombo National Museum
Colombo National Museum
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This museum of Asian civilizations is one of the oldest in Sri Lanka.
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  • MattwalesNorthWales
    Chengdu, China2,163 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Informative but traditional
    This is not a modern museum, most of the exhibits, whilst interesting are displayed in a very "old school" way. If you are expecting technology and interactivity don't bother, but if you are seeking information about this remarkable country you'll get it in spades. This museum is next door to the Natural History Museum so you can save money by buying a combined ticket.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written July 15, 2023
  • Peter M
    Melbourne, Australia1,301 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Colombo National Museum
    It was originally called the Colombo Museum and established in 1877 by the British Governor of Ceylon Sir William Henry Gregory. It holds many exhibits relating to Sri Lanka cultural and heritage. It is only 40 rupiahs for locals but foreigners pay more than ten times as much at 469 rupiahs.
    Visited June 2023
    Written August 23, 2023
  • Ivan
    London, United Kingdom41 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Colombo National Museum brings alive Sri Lanka's fascinating history
    If you are visiting Colombo, the commercial capital of Sri Lanka, then a visit to the Colombo National Museum is a must. It's a fascinating treasure trove and you can learn so much of Sri Lanka's rich cultural heritage - my friends brought me here virtually as soon as I landed in Colombo. The highlight for me is seeing the majestic throne and crown of the King of Sri Lanka. The Museum is good value for money - if you are wanting to find out more about this island with deep insights into the history, heritage, culture of the peoples of Sri Lanka ,then I would highly recommend a visit here. You ought to spend at least half a day which I did. If you feel hungry, there is a food outlet outside the Museum serving Sri Lankan rice and curry and other food. I learnt so much by walking into this place - it brought alive Sri Lanka's rich history.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written August 26, 2023
  • danny b
    Melbourne, Australia10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Highlight of Colombo
    This is a fantastic museum. We went there on our way home to Melbourne, while we filled in time waiting for our flight. It was great as a way of better understanding what we had just experienced in Sri Lanka. It would also work as as a introduction to this wonderful country if you are spending time in Colombo at the start of a visit.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written September 2, 2023
  • Anu. C
    Salmiya, Kuwait15 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very informative
    Very informative and classied very nicely. You will need to spend at least 2- 3 hrs here to go through the entire mueseum. Categorised into 15 types ( weapons, textiles, gems, architecture, paintings etc) Artifcats from Sri Lanka and around the world are displayed here. We paid in cash. Not sure about cards.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written September 23, 2023
  • Anuradha
    New Delhi, India327 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good museum
    Mostly well maintained with array of objects like sculpture, paintings, textiles, art forms and various other objects. Throws light on Sri Lanka history, however doesn’t address much about colonial period except for a few rock samples and other objects. You need at least 2 hours as it’s quite big. One gets tempted to buy combined ticket with National Museum of Natural history, the other one is not so good, can be avoided.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written January 21, 2024
  • CHD6265
    Odiham, United Kingdom399 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Didn’t have time to fully appreciate but seems comprehensive - would prefer to focus on what is unique to Sri Lanka
    Struggled for time as we were part of a hotel arranged visit in which we had just 40 mins to whizz around. Place seemed to have a lot of interest- including a room dedicated to displaying items taken by the Dutch and returned years later. Another with a throne taken by the English and returned years later (theme emerging?)
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written January 29, 2024
  • Lonely Laowai
    37 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Focus on the first half
    Great museum that can last anywhere from thirty minutes to three hours, depending on interests. Majority of interesting exhibitions are in the first few rooms and it tapers off a lot afterwards, so if pressed for time focus on the first third or so. It is bigger than it looks.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written February 20, 2024
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Lonely Laowai
37 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Great museum that can last anywhere from thirty minutes to three hours, depending on interests. Majority of interesting exhibitions are in the first few rooms and it tapers off a lot afterwards, so if pressed for time focus on the first third or so. It is bigger than it looks.
Written February 20, 2024
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TN007
Brisbane, Australia5,727 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Lots to see here - could easily spend 1-2 hours browsing the displays. Separate toilets for tourists outside the main building.
Written February 17, 2024
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oldiesontherun
Norfolk212 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
A trip to this museum was part of a complimentary tour from our hotel. There was lots to see there but there were lots of staircases.
Written January 30, 2024
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CHD6265
Odiham, UK399 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
Struggled for time as we were part of a hotel arranged visit in which we had just 40 mins to whizz around. Place seemed to have a lot of interest- including a room dedicated to displaying items taken by the Dutch and returned years later. Another with a throne taken by the English and returned years later (theme emerging?)
Written January 29, 2024
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Anuradha
New Delhi, India327 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
Mostly well maintained with array of objects like sculpture, paintings, textiles, art forms and various other objects. Throws light on Sri Lanka history, however doesn’t address much about colonial period except for a few rock samples and other objects. You need at least 2 hours as it’s quite big. One gets tempted to buy combined ticket with National Museum of Natural history, the other one is not so good, can be avoided.
Written January 21, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Anu. C
Salmiya, Kuwait15 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Friends
Very informative and classied very nicely.
You will need to spend at least 2- 3 hrs here to go through the entire mueseum.
Categorised into 15 types ( weapons, textiles, gems, architecture, paintings etc)
Artifcats from Sri Lanka and around the world are displayed here.
We paid in cash. Not sure about cards.
Written September 23, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

danny b
Melbourne, Australia10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
This is a fantastic museum. We went there on our way home to Melbourne, while we filled in time waiting for our flight. It was great as a way of better understanding what we had just experienced in Sri Lanka. It would also work as as a introduction to this wonderful country if you are spending time in Colombo at the start of a visit.
Written September 2, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Ivan
London, UK41 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Friends
If you are visiting Colombo, the commercial capital of Sri Lanka, then a visit to the Colombo National Museum is a must. It's a fascinating treasure trove and you can learn so much of Sri Lanka's rich cultural heritage - my friends brought me here virtually as soon as I landed in Colombo. The highlight for me is seeing the majestic throne and crown of the King of Sri Lanka. The Museum is good value for money - if you are wanting to find out more about this island with deep insights into the history, heritage, culture of the peoples of Sri Lanka ,then I would highly recommend a visit here. You ought to spend at least half a day which I did. If you feel hungry, there is a food outlet outside the Museum serving Sri Lankan rice and curry and other food. I learnt so much by walking into this place - it brought alive Sri Lanka's rich history.
Written August 26, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Peter M
Melbourne, Australia1,301 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
It was originally called the Colombo Museum and established in 1877 by the British Governor of Ceylon Sir William Henry Gregory. It holds many exhibits relating to Sri Lanka cultural and heritage. It is only 40 rupiahs for locals but foreigners pay more than ten times as much at 469 rupiahs.
Written August 23, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

MattwalesNorthWales
Chengdu, China2,163 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
This is not a modern museum, most of the exhibits, whilst interesting are displayed in a very "old school" way. If you are expecting technology and interactivity don't bother, but if you are seeking information about this remarkable country you'll get it in spades.
This museum is next door to the Natural History Museum so you can save money by buying a combined ticket.
Written July 15, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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