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“Stunning building and grounds” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Colombo National Museum

Colombo National Museum
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US$35.00*
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Private Half-Day Colombo City Tour
Ranked #19 of 144 things to do in Colombo
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Owner description: This museum of Asian civilizations is one of the oldest in Sri Lanka.
Perth, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 166 helpful votes
“Stunning building and grounds”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2014

The building and grounds were amazing...

The museum and contents were ok but the real treat was the massive Banyan trees in the grounds of the building.

A $2 entry for foreigners and some nice artefacts...

Visited August 2014
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San Diego, California
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“Must see”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2014

The National Museum was the highlight of our stay in Colombo. It houses great collections of Sri Lankan art, in chronological galleries that give a good historic perspective.
There's a good amount of information provided about the main periods of Sri Lankan history and their characterics, the evolution of techniques and styles, etc...
Unfortunately the upper floor was closed for renovation so what we saw consisted mostly of sculptures and artefacts.

Visited August 2014
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Toronto, Canada
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“Nice Museum”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2014

Well laid out and reasonably well curated. Some very interesting artifacts from different times of Sri Lankan history. Can easily spend a few hours. Hot in hot weather as there is no A/C- can be a bit stifling when the weather is humid. There is a charge to take photos.

Visited July 2014
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Melbourne, Australia
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“a true museum !”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2014

have a good deal of info & exhibits on Sri Lankan history. but the facilities for the visitors to be improved.

also, try to visit natural history museum, just behind. it is a "hidden gem". lot of stuffed animals, info on old human settlements, life styles are on display. very informative for kids.

Visited September 2013
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Baroda, Gujarat
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“Ok for information of Culture”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2014

This is a typical Museum showing culture of Srilanka. Ok for visit, If you have interest in culture as well as time in hand.

Visited August 2014
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