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This museum of Asian civilizations is one of the oldest in Sri Lanka.
Albert Crescent, Colombo, Sri Lanka
+94 77 838 3798
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Reviewed 3 days ago

The museum is definitely worth a visit, I would suggest that if you are starting your trip in Colombo it should be the first place to visit, sets the context of what you are about to see. Unfortunately for us it was at the end...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Barb_GMelbourne
Reviewed 1 week ago

The museum houses an interesting collection of artifacts but unfortunately the displays are not done to a standard that they deserve and the lighting is very poor to say the least. The staff manning the different exhibit areas are not well versed with the exhibits...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank ajith267
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Highly recommended, well laid out and curated collection showing the history of Sri Lanka. All the signs had English translations. Took about 2 hours to get round (I’m a museum geek and take my time). It can easily be done in a hour.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank mrs_claire_ann
Reviewed 1 week ago

There's a lot to walk through! And so much to read. The museum is well laid out and easy to navigate. Its definitely date, and the dioramas a bit terrifying...but overall, I walked out learning more about Sri Lanka. Stop by and enjoy a few...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank swimjohn18
Reviewed 1 week ago

Worth the time for a look at Sri Lanka’s history, the ticket office was a con , said he did not have any change so we paid 2000 rp rather than 1200 rp.

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank sanders2802016
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I love visiting museums. I think this one needs a little bit more work to bring it up to standard and in a city that is rapidly updating a lot it’s surprising that they haven’t a more modern museum. There’s way too much repetitive artifacts...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank F9046RXvanessal
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A gem of a museum, going by the priceless exhibits in it. If anyone wants to know about the amazingly close civlisational, cultural, artistic and spiritual bonds between Sri Lanka and India during the various eras of history, there is no better place to discover...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Sudheendra K
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Found this glorious colonial building so much better than expected.well laid out with explanatory boards alongside exhibits in English as well as local languages. Some excellent examples of textiles, jewellery and weapons as well as history, archeology examples from the many of the sites we...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank 587gillyp
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The building is certainly impressive. We found plenty to interest us for the couple of hours we spent there. Some of the paintings were in very poor condition but were nevertheless worth seeing for their historical value. We did rush through some of the rooms...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank gilld969
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Simple museum but outstanding basic educational experience of Sri Lanka. I would recommend a visit to get an understanding of the general history of Sri Lanka particular from the 9-10 century onwards

Date of experience: November 2018
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9 November 2018|
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Response from 753kasunf | Reviewed this property |
All 7 days Except public holidays such as Full Moon Poya days, Sinhala & Tamil New Year Day, Thai Pongal, Ramazan, Christmas etc.
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.