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Address: Pettah, Colombo, Sri Lanka
Phone Number: +94 11 2 448466

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Good place to visit when you are in Colombo

This Dutch period Museum is located in the heart of the Colombo city. Really hard to have access by using any vehicle. Best option to reach the place if walk from Fort Railway... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 8 September 2016
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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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Mumbai
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2 of 5 bubbles 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 is very friendly and helpful. Antique paintings are covered in dust, writings are failing and... More 

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Bangkok, Thailand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016 via mobile

Possible the worst museum anywhere on the planet. An antique wardrobe and a dagger does not make this a tourist attraction. It's basically an expensive fee to use a dirty bathroom. Avoid this place like the plague

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Thank BangkokAndy1976
Seattle
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016

Interesting that the building was the Dutch governer's mansion in 1659, but the collection is poorly curated and the location is an absolute *disaster* to find. The inner courtyard is somewhat interesting, but overall not worth the effort to get to this venue....

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Thank Sea G
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2016

First of all, dear reader, THERE WAS NEVER A DUTCH PERIOD IN COLOMBO, LET ALONE SRI LANKA. Yes they came like pirates and had something like embassy or a sort of business area with some dutch soldiers etc. This building is of that time and exhibits some of the artifacts of that period. But just few things to see and... More 

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Thank Farhan K
Colombo, Sri Lanka
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2016

This Dutch period Museum is located in the heart of the Colombo city. Really hard to have access by using any vehicle. Best option to reach the place if walk from Fort Railway station or near to Main street. Good place to get all memories of Dutch period in few hours. You need maximum 3 hours.

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Thank jthatparan j
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2016

Beautiful building. Old-fashioned and dusty collection of artefacts. Good on the VOC stuff. Nice place to shelter from the madly crowded streets of Pettah.

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Thank LAURENCE W
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2016

I always thought of Sri Lanka as being a British colony but this museum showed me how wrong I was. I describes the original Portugese settlement and then the Dutch period and gives a lot of informaiton about the original people as well and how they were influenced by, and in turn, influenced the settlers. A fascinating insight into a... More 

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Thank TangramUK
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2016

The museum is lovely; everything you would expect to see but the front area is so heavily spoiled with shops, cafes and souvenir shops that this has detracted from the experience I was hoping to get. Nice to see but if you miss it, it's not a bad thing.

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Thank shortbreaktravellers
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 May 2016 via mobile

As I'm Dutch, for me a very interesting visit to this museum with great history. The staff is really friendly and knowledgable about the place.

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Tallinn, Estonia
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 April 2016 via mobile

We wanted to visit it while being in Pettah. The museum was hard to find, we asked from many cups and persons, but thay showd us the wrong way. Once we get there we were out of cash and they did not acept card. They were also rude and not really driendly. The did not eaven seem to care about... More 

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