The National Museum Of Colombo

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  • Address: Albert Crescent, Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • Timings: 09:00 am - 06:00 pm Details
  • Phone: +94-112694366
  • Ticket Price: 500 LKR
  • Time Required: 02:00 Hrs
  • Tags: Art And Culture, Religious Site, Museums, View Point, Historical Site, Tourist Center

Under the soothing shade of magnificent Banyan trees stands Sri Lanka’s premier cultural institution- the Colombo national museum. To greet you on your ingress is a Buddha carved in stone which dates back to the 9th century and the enigmatic smile of the statue will surely mesmerize you.

The galleries displaying a huge collection of arts, carvings and statuary, a peek through the ancient past of the country is easily possible. Developed and maintained for about 150 years now, this gallery has rare findings not only from the antique era but also swords, guns and other paraphernalia from the colonial period.

There are fascinating 19th-century reproductions of English paintings of Sri Lanka, and an excellent collection of antique demon masks. The magnificent royal throne made for King Wimaladharma in 1693 as well as the 9th-century bronze Bodhisattva Sandal are a must-watch.

  • The museum has concession for locals, students, teachers and children.
  • Entrance tickets are not issued after 5.00 pm.

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

  • The museum is closed on public holidays.

  • 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.

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  • The National Museum Of Colombo Address: Albert Crescent, Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • The National Museum Of Colombo Contact Number: +94-112694366
  • The National Museum Of Colombo Timing: 09:00 am - 06:00 pm
  • The National Museum Of Colombo Price: 500 LKR
  • Best time to visit The National Museum Of Colombo(preferred time): 10:00 am - 04:00 pm
  • Time required to visit The National Museum Of Colombo: 02:00 Hrs
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  • 73.3% of people who visit Colombo include The National Museum Of Colombo in their plan

  • 76.95% of people start their The National Museum Of Colombo visit around 10 AM - 11 AM

  • People usually take around 2 Hrs to see The National Museum Of Colombo

Monday, Wednesday and Friday

94.34% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting The National Museum Of Colombo

People normally club together Cinnamon Gardens and The National Museum Of Natural History while planning their visit to The National Museum Of Colombo.

* The facts given above are based on traveler data on TripHobo and might vary from the actual figures
  • Best museum can be found in Sri Lanka. Has very valuable and rare exhibits on display. Staff is very helpful. The environment of the indoors can be improved a lot. Still not having the feel of a modern museum even after the repairs.

  • Housed in a beautiful old mansion, the Colombo National Museum is definitely worth a visit. Each room has a different collection of artifacts, beginning with pre-history and ending with a farming/agricultural models. These two are probably the least interesting, although the models are quite lifelike compared to some we've encountered in other countries. The weapons, clothing and costumes, jewelry, pottery, ivory, stone statuary and a fine collection of stone urinals kept us engaged for some time.

  • A beautiful old mansion with historical elements. If you are fond of history and archeology, this is the place. It has 16 different sessions with archeological finding, painting, statues etc. You can spend a minimum half day in the museum rushing through... However if your very observant it might take your whole day too. A must visit.

  • A must see place in Colombo... One of the best museums that I have seen... Great collection and informative.... It's a treasure and interesting collection to see the great civilization...

  • Great assortment of artifacts and descriptions and nicely laid out with an interesting path to follow through the expansive building on beautiful grounds. Well worth the price.

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