Dutch Period Museum

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  • Address: Prince Street, Colombo 11, Sri Lanka
  • Timings: 09:00 am - 05:00 pm Details
  • Phone: +94-112448466
  • Ticket Price: 500 LKR
  • Time Required: 01:30 Hrs
  • Tags: Museum, View Point, Historical Site, Tourist Center, Family And Kids, Architecture , Specialty Museum, Heritage Building

Dutch Period Museum - Review

This unique museum was originally the 17th-century residence of the Dutch governor and has since been used as a Catholic seminary, a military hospital, a police station and a post office. The mansion contains a lovely garden courtyard and has a nice faded feel since a 1977 restoration.

Exhibits include Dutch colonial furniture and other artefacts.

Dutch Period Museum Ticket Prices

  • The prices for carrying the camera is LKR 250 and video camera is LKR 2000.

How To reach Dutch Period Museum by Public Transport

  • You can take the cool kangaroo radio cab, the ace cab or rent a taxi service. The cheapest and easiest way is to hire the tuk-tuk.

Restaurants Near Dutch Period Museum

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  • Dutch Period Museum Address: Prince Street, Colombo 11, Sri Lanka
  • Dutch Period Museum Contact Number: +94-112448466
  • Dutch Period Museum Timing: 09:00 am - 05:00 pm
  • Dutch Period Museum Price: 500 LKR
  • Best time to visit Dutch Period Museum(preferred time): 10:00 am - 04:00 pm
  • Time required to visit Dutch Period Museum: 01:30 Hrs
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  • 95% of people who visit Colombo include Dutch Period Museum in their plan

  • 32.67% of people start their Dutch Period Museum visit around 09 AM - 10 AM

  • People usually take around 1 Hr 30 Minutes to see Dutch Period Museum

Thursday, Friday and Saturday

92.1% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Dutch Period Museum

People normally club together Old Dutch Hospital and Fort while planning their visit to Dutch Period Museum.

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Dutch Period Museum, Colombo Reviews

  • The two storey colonnaded building on Prince street, pettah which houses the museum was constructed during the dutch occupation of Colombo (1656 -1796) and was the formal residence of the governor of dutch in Ceylon. During his term of office the building has served with many different purposes over the years. Once as a court , teaching training centre, orphanage and It was also uses as a hospital. Now it is a museum which opens in 1982. The building has an unique architectural surrounding by it self. The museum displays the dutch legacy itself

  • 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.

  • Very few come to visit the place. Not very well maintained.Very informative place.Should visit if you are interested in Sri Lankan history

  • The two storey colonnaded building on Prince Street, Pettah (Colombo 11) which houses this museum was constructed during the Dutch occupation of Colombo (1656 - 1796) and was the formal residence of the Governor of Dutch Ceylon Thomas van Rhee (1634 - 1701) during his term of office in 1692 to 1697. The building has been used for many different purposes over the years. It was a teacher training college and an institute for the instruction of clergymen between 1696 and 1796. At one time it was the residence of Colonel Count August Carl Fredrick Von Ranzow (1759 - 1844). It operated as an orphanage under the supervision of the deacons and financed by the Dutch East Indies Company. It was also used as a hospital. It became a barracks in the second half of the 1800s and in 1900 it was used as a police training school, set up by the British. In 1932 it was converted to the Pettah Post Office. In 1971 following heavy monsoon rains one of the exterior walls collapsed and the building was abandoned. Following protests by the Royal Asiatic Society and the Dutch Burgher Union against plans to demolish the building, in 1973 a committee was established with representatives from the Ceylon Tourist Board, the Department of Archaeology, the Netherlands Alumni Association of Lanka and the National Archives, to restore the building and establish a museum covering the Dutch colonial period.

  • Pettah. It's the oldest, most interesting and perhaps most underrated (at least by Southern Colombars) part of the city. Whatever the more sheltered denizens of Colombo-South may think this teaming, multi-ethnic-warren remains the beating heart of the capital. Almost all the food we buy, a good proportion of the white goods/electronics we use and virtually all the piping, wiring, nuts, bolts and nails that hold together our homes, as well as every sock, hanky and hair clip you've ever bought passes through Pettah's complex wholesale/retail ecosystem at some point. But Pettah is more than just food, hardware and clothes - anything you might possibly want, more or less everything that is imported in or exported out of this country, from medical equipment to Maldive fish, can be found somewhere in this port-side district and bazaar in one. More than just a market, however Pettah is home to the oldest residential communities in Colombo. Catholic saints stand next to Hindu temples, there are modern Mosques adjacent to ancient Dutch buildings and narrow roads and lanes that house an assortment of merchant-minority communities - Mehnons, Bohras, Gujratis, Afghans... Without any shadow of doubt this is the most fascinating part of our city but for a casual urban-explorer the frenetic mix of commerce and chaos can be almost overwhelming and this is what makes the Dutch Period Museum so special. Down Princes street, off the ever-crowded 2nd cross-street this amazing and unlikely high-roofed, red-tiled, many columned 17th century Dutch-governor’s mansion is an absolute oasis. Saved from becoming a textile or plastic flower emporium by some far sighted administrators in the late 70’s it’s virtually the last Dutch era building in Pettah (along with Wolvendaal church) and quite possibly the best preserved Dutch building in the city. It might not have the Dutch Hospital’s gloss but it feels considerably more authentic and the moment you step through the arched wooden doors you enter another world and time. The mansion’s thick walls and inward facing aspect keep Pettah’s cries and clamour at bay and from the ancient hall you look out onto the oldest meda midula or courtyard Garden in Colombo. There’s a solitary old cinnamon tree (symbolic as the Dutch came to Ceylon for Cinnamon), rows of honeysuckles and a lovely stone well on one edge of a well-tended lawn. A low veranda encloses the garden on three sides. It’s one of the most attractive and striking spaces in Colombo. Look closely and you’ll realize that it's this basic form- the columns and courtyard that Geoffrey Bawa would copy, reinterpret and replicate again and again in his world renowned designs. While the museum's collection - headstones, dark, heavy Dutch furniture, the odd document and bits of Delft porcelain isn’t spectacular, just being able to stand in a space that someone from the 17th century would still recognize is worth the Rs 20 admission charge. The dusty upstairs with its creaking wooden floor and views over the garden and the modern warren that’s grown up around it is pretty thought provoking. The journey to the Museum will also take you through the center of Pettah - a quick reintroduction to a district that some more foolish Colombars have made the mistake of forgetting.

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