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Dutch Period Museum

Pettah, Colombo, Sri Lanka
+94 11 2 448466
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Great little museum in need of some TLC

The building is pretty impressive - but it (like a lot of the historic buildings in Colombo) needs... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Woodend, Australia
via mobile
Small museum, poorly maintained

I was looking forward to see the various buildings and forts influenced by the Dutch, but this... read more

Reviewed 19 April 2017
Raelene H
Melbourne, Australia
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+94 11 2 448466
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The building is pretty impressive - but it (like a lot of the historic buildings in Colombo) needs restoration. It's a huge 2 story mansion that houses a lot of informative history about the Dutch period of colonization. The bit we found the most interesting...More

Thank johnboy3bw
Reviewed 19 April 2017

I was looking forward to see the various buildings and forts influenced by the Dutch, but this museum although interesting enough was not well maintained and didn't have a very big collection. At only 10 LKR though, it is one of the cheapest entertainments you'll...More

Thank Raelene H
Reviewed 11 April 2017 via mobile

Please help to take care if this wonderful historical place, Embassy of Netherlands should get involved in this. It could very well be another tourist attraction if not at all ran down.

Thank Apisek W
Reviewed 22 February 2017

Hard to find but obviously an important building with some interesting features and pieces from the 18th century period when Dutch were here - worth a visit

Thank svperera
Reviewed 3 February 2017

While we were looking for something else found this unexpected museum. A very small dutch museum which is not well maintained. It was only 10 LKR and just had a quick visit like 30 minutes. Good for people who are interested on history. Not recommend...More

Thank Thisanthi
Reviewed 29 January 2017

It is an important and old building. It does have quite a few original pieces. It was not crowded when we visited. However, there is nothing dazzling or must-see. The labels and posted explanations are either long-winded and academic or brief and confusing. It's good...More

Thank John S
Reviewed 7 January 2017

This is a very intact 18th Century Dutch house and the best example in Colombo. It has many original features and houses a collection of furniture and artifacts. It also has a nice garden and out buildings. The problem is that this special house is...More

3  Thank DohaInternational
Reviewed 30 December 2016 via mobile

Same story as the national museum: another beautiful old building left to rot with poorly presented artefacts. Guide books (I'm looking at you, Lonely Planet) can be way off the mark sometimes. With some proper attention, this could be really interesting. At the moment, it's...More

2  Thank TheOExpress
Reviewed 28 December 2016 via mobile

It may be more interesting for a non dutch person. For me it was just copies of old documents, some coins, weapons and furniture. Nothing really special. Also the district it's in is massively crowded.

Thank Danny K
Reviewed 27 October 2016 via mobile

Tucked away in a tiny lane in the Petah market, this museum looks very much out of place. It's colossal white columns sudden jump out on you. The building itself posses a air of the Dutch era but has been left to rot. The staff...More

2  Thank boomtangboy
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