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Colombo National Museum

Albert Crescent, Colombo, Sri Lanka
+94 77 838 3798
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This museum of Asian civilizations is one of the oldest in Sri Lanka.
  • Excellent19%
  • Very good43%
  • Average28%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible2%
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Albert Crescent, Colombo, Sri Lanka
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Reviewed 4 March 2017

A very nice museum. Lots of Buddha statues, paintings, the history of Sri Lanka. Nice a clean. Very interesting.

Thank Nicole S
Reviewed 2 March 2017 via mobile

We went to the national and the natural history museums. I was quite surprised to the fact that we had to pay 10 times as much as locals. Even tough it was not very expensive I think the difference should be less. The natural history...More

Thank Eivind S
Reviewed 2 March 2017 via mobile

Well worth visiting. This impressive museum was established 130 years ago and contains a comprehensive collection of artifacts that tells the story of Sri Lanka from prehistoric times until the conquest by the British. Lots of well-written information boards provide plenty of explanation.

Thank BrunoJackson
Reviewed 1 March 2017

Recently refurbished and it done nicely. Nice place to go a day out in Colombo.. specially for tourists this is recommended place to go as you can see lots of things about Sri Lankan history, Throne of the last king of Sri Lanka and the...More

Thank Rajamax
Reviewed 27 February 2017

Impressive building but content disappointing. 600 rupees to enter with disinterested staff. Not well directed for exhibits. Covers the early history of Ceylon well with plenty of stone items and carvings. Does not cover the periods occupied by Portugese, Dutch or British. Not a major...More

Thank CJFP17
Reviewed 27 February 2017 via mobile

The building and grounds here are nice but inside it feels quite dark and uninspiring. There are a lot of artefacts but labelling and descriptions are not the best so we found it hard to engage in the displays. Also note there is no a/c...More

Thank Kimberley J
Reviewed 25 February 2017

Although it is one of the biggest in the country, the National Museum is not well maintained, but gives you an all-round idea of the country's cultural heritage.

Thank Ανδρόμαχος Δ
Reviewed 25 February 2017 via mobile

We started our trio to Colombo with the museum, and its the perfect t first place to visit. It has loads of exhibits, and helps put Sri Lanka history into context. There is plenty to look at and something for all ages. Good for: people...More

Thank Emily C
Reviewed 20 February 2017

I expected something more from this museum. Maybe it is just me, but the museum is very poorly maintained and the expositions are old. It is a good place to know something about Sri Lankan history but for me, it was a waste of my...More

Thank Michaela M
Reviewed 19 February 2017

We believe it has range of things kept inside but found most of the areas are blocked for tourists to see and what left doesn't give a whole good impression on the history. The management seems avoiding the general care and maintenance, as there were...More

Thank Jeffkinch
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19 November 2017|
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Response from Prasad V | Reviewed this property |
Yes, the building was constructed with bricks and masonary. If you wand further details visit, museum.gov.lk See bellow is a General Description . The Colombo Museum as it was called at the beginning was established on... More
2 August 2017|
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Response from taninthomas | Reviewed this property |
The entrance fee in the museum is 600 srilanka rupees for the foreigners. For srilankans it's very cheap I think 100 only. The rate for camera is 250 separate.
14 January 2017|
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Response from Commanderlv | Reviewed this property |
Unfortunately YES