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, Museum, View Point, Historical Site, Tourist Center

The National Museum Of Colombo - Review

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 National Museum Of Colombo Information

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

The National Museum Of Colombo Ticket Prices

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

The National Museum Of Colombo Opening and Closing Hours

  • The museum is closed on public holidays.

How To reach The National Museum Of Colombo 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 The National Museum Of Colombo

  • The Commons Coffeehouse
  • Sasiri Gemi Rasa
  • Summer Garden Restaurant

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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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Things to Know Before Visiting The National Museum Of Colombo

  • 95% of people who visit Colombo include The National Museum Of Colombo in their plan

  • 48.6% 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

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91.66% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting The National Museum Of Colombo

People normally club together The Cricket Club Cafe and The National Museum Of Natural History while planning their visit to The National Museum Of Colombo.

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  • Must visit place in Colombo of you are interested in history. Outside area is clean and well maintained. Cafeteria is not very good. Haven't had good impression when I got there. About the inside of the museum is very interesting. There are very large area to be covered. 15 areas are available to watch. Better to start early if you want to visit all of them. Take time and read descriptions to get better knowledge.

  • Very impressive. Excellent collection and collection is way above average for a museum in a developing nation. Professionally kept. My only concern is the absence of air conditioning, not just for the visitor’s comfort but for the preservation of artifacts. The natural history part do got “some” air but not fully. The Blue Whale skeleton is amazing and that alone is worth the visit. About the admission: You need TWO tickets, one for the museum and one for the Natural History section. Unless you just want to see one, make sure to buy a combine ticket as it is cheaper than buying two separate tickets. They don't make it clear there.

  • There is so many knowledge to gather and so much to see about the rich cultural and natural heritage of Sri Lanka. But as a mother of a toddler I give three stars considering facts like absence of air conditioning,(I believe the heat and humidity damages the artefacts too) absence of elevators, not being stroller/ wheelchair friendly at all. Could have improved with more lighting and ventilation, and an attractive souvenir shop as well.

  • It’s the national museum of Sri Lanka. There are a lot of historical congratulations of Buddha, old culture Sri Lankan village, history of the country, nice building, voluminous, nice arts, historic dresses and so on. There is nice green place in front. I think some body can spend 2 hrs time with pleasure. Should have AC.

  • This is the national museum of the country. The building it self is grand. But interiors look oldish and dark.Priceless piece of art lies in a gloomy hall without air conditioning or temperature and humidity control. The best thing is you get the chance to see true items,the worst thing is very poor setup,with too many displays in one place.They could do better.Change items on display leaving more space for visitors time to time,like many museums do. I love the collection but it need improvement,like cafe,toilets and lighting.

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