The National Museum Of Colombo, 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
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About The National Museum Of Colombo, Colombo

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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Things to Know Before Visiting The National Museum Of Colombo

  • 90.53% of people who visit Colombo include The National Museum Of Colombo in their plan

  • 48.02% of people plan their visit to The National Museum Of Colombo between 10 AM - 11 AM

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

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94.26% 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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The National Museum Of Colombo, Colombo Reviews

  • 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.

  • When i visit to this place, this was my first time. I face a difficulties because my wife is having disabilities of walking. first there is no one to guide me and i did not know where i can buy tickets. At the main entrance on road there is no information about any of this. I had herd time to walk and wait for much time to get inside. Other than this there are good comparative people who guide in side. Some of the guide, they don't have good knowledge about the historic. Looking in side the all museum, a person with disabilities of walking had difficulties to get upstairs. The place is beautiful and the its very historic for students who do researches. My family loved to visit this place. I do recommend to any one who interest in history to visit and explore this beautiful place.

  • 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.

  • Interesting place. Very generous museum, they just leave the few hundred years old statue for you to have near observation. Overall is awesome. But need to take note that the museum is abit hot inside especially when crowded. Best to prepare mini fan then you can enjoy fully.

  • It is Great and only one national Museum in Srilanka. There can be seen many of antiquities and other things here. Those things are Prehistoric things, Pro-history things and etc. However if you visit here we can get good knowledge about all of this era. Because of the AC and BC in many of imitate you and take you touch and finding things have been displayed here. It is a great Museum as I think.

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