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Address: Albert Crescent, Colombo, Sri Lanka
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+94 77 838 3798

This museum of Asian civilizations is one of the oldest in Sri Lanka.

This museum of Asian civilizations is one of the oldest in Sri Lanka.

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Exhibits are good ! a good museum.

As said, the exhibits are good and mostly are in high quality presentation with different segments of the sri Lankan history and cultures. If only the museum authority can... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Penang Island, Malaysia
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Penang Island, Malaysia
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

As said, the exhibits are good and mostly are in high quality presentation with different segments of the sri Lankan history and cultures. If only the museum authority can spruced up the outdoor landscape and install air conditioning at the main hall for the comfort as its certainly too warm and humid which restrict one's to linger longer.

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Perth, Australia
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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

e recently visited the museum with our 2 children aged 10 and 11. we particularly enjoyed the sections on Sri Lankan history as we are rather ignorant on this subject. It was good to explain to the children what was happening in the UK at the time that the ancient Sri Lankans were producing such amazing works of art. Although... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited on our last morning stay in Sri Lanka. We only had an hour and a half and could easily have stayed a half day to have a really good look around. A very good selection of exhibits in a very nice old colonial building. We were there in April and it was really hot, but during the season... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Good cross section of art and sculpture from Sri Lanka. Provided some good information about the history of the country.

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Hong Kong, China
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We came to the museum around 4pm and it was definitely too little time to visit everything that the museum could offer. The collection is really large and definitely you need to come early and spend as much time as you can. It closes at 5pm sharp.

Thank Tropicalkenny
Varennes, Quebec
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Be prepared as there is no air-conditioning and fans were somewhat limited so it was very hot an suffocating inside. Very friendly staff and many wonderful exhibits and objects. Very clear English texts and explanations which covered so much history

Thank gincar2016
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Colombo Museum as it was called at the beginning was established on 1st January 1877. It founder was Sir William Henry Gregory, the British Governor of Ceylon (Sri Lanka) at the time. The Royal Asiatic Society (CB) was instrumental in bringing to the notice of Gregory on his appointment as Governor in 1872 the need for a public museum... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We would have liked to spend more time at the Colombo National Museum if it wasn't so hot that day. There's no air conditioning. A few fans were dotted around but air inside the museum was hot and musky. Museum also lacks atmosphere. Most staff inside were sitting or standing next to a fan. A real pity as the collection... More 

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This museum has too many relics to breathe in. It us well designed with a walk taking you from room to room in order. Relics from the Sri Lanka ancient cities are perhaps the highlight.

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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We enjoyed this museum so much we spent nearly five hours here. Some wonderful exhibits really well laid out and maintained, clear English explanations and covering so much history. Two cafes almost next to each other - one more expensive than the other but both good depending on what type of food you are looking for. Wonderful building, friendly staff,... More 

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