Speciality Museums in Colombo

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Speciality Museums in Colombo

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  • oldiesontherun
    Norfolk212 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    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 30 January 2024
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  • MW
    Boise, ID195 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This was a must visit in Colombo for us. The tours are small and the guides very well informed, some of them having spent time with Mr Bawa before he passed away. It appears as though everything was left in place since that time. This is a charming and eclectic home that gives insight into the mind of Mr Bawa.

    Although the tour confirmation suggested we could pay in USD it appeared this was not the case when we arrived - just FYI. We paid in SLR.
    Written 1 March 2024
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  • Peter M
    Melbourne, Australia1,301 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    This museum is run by he Central Bank of Sri Lanka and has a wide variety of coins dating back to 200sAD. It was formerly the National Mutual Life Association of Australia Colombo head office There are charges
    Written 23 August 2023
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  • zamanwho
    Dhaka City, Bangladesh1,101 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    The two story colonial era building located on Prince Street at Pettah in the old part of Colombo city, which houses this museum was constructed during the Dutch occupation of Colombo during 17th Century. It represents a unique architectural features of a colonial Dutch town house. The museum closed for renovation during our visit, we only could see the entrance hall and courtyard garden, we were disappointed.
    Written 21 November 2017
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  • hdias
    Reigate, UK415 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The J R Jayawardene centre is the Presidential Library and study centre of a Sri Lankan President who had a long career both in government and opposition. It contains many paintings, gifts from distinguished visitors and his personal library with no charge to enter. The latter may be of particular interest to those studying political science, international relations and history.

    If you visit, you need to tell the security at the gate (armed services) that you wish to visit the centre. They will probably escort you to the door and ring the bell for admission. We were the only visitors and the interior resembles a sleepy government office that no one visits. There are a few people manning the centre but they don't seem to expect (or get) too many visitors. We started at the top of the building (where the books are) and worked our way down. There is an exhibition of photographs in a small room at the back of the ground floor.
    Written 19 October 2017
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  • Delan A
    Melbourne, Australia5 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    As an ardent cricket fan I was really looking forward to visiting this museum and loved the memorabilia, history, stories, pictures and everything else on display about Sri Lankan Cricket.

    My experienced was a little soured by the idiot security guard and another worker. Instead of asking where I was from or to show ID, which i was carrying and would have happily shown, they made assumptions on my race and nationality by repeatedly asking if I am Indian. To which I responded honestly 3 times that I am not.
    I pointed out his errors when leaving and he just laughed. These are the kind of people that are holding Sri Lanka back and a shame for the nation.

    Otherwise, for cricket fans it's well worth a visit!
    Written 24 March 2024
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  • HasithaSub
    London, UK21 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Its a good puppet museum by Sri Lankan standards. The kids really enjoyed it and enjoyed the performance that was carried out. Its not very clear what the ticket includes. At outset we were told it was for entry and a performance but when it came round to it we were charged extra for the "performance". The performance was not worth it. I did feel ripped off because if I knew earlier I would have said no. No need for a performance.

    Also the opening times are very hit and miss.
    Written 18 April 2016
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  • zamanwho
    Dhaka City, Bangladesh1,101 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Gem Museum is not a typical museum but a shop displaying highly expensive Gems. Most of the taxi drivers were proposed to take to this places for shopping. All the salespersons are always pushy in these type of shops and try to sell their products but you have to do bargain if you like to buy as they have always asked very high price. It was a good experience to visit the shop in Colombo.
    Written 18 November 2017
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