Colombo National Museum
Colombo National Museum
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This museum of Asian civilizations is one of the oldest in Sri Lanka.
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  • Shawn S
    Colombo, Sri Lanka51 contributions
    A mediocre place to visit!
    The museum is rather dark and damp to really enjoy the exhibits. Its not the most interesting for young kids. It would be great if some of the museum curators took an effort to explain exhibits to keep things a bit interesting. I dont think they have changed the exhibits since I was a kid!
    Visited December 2022
    Travelled with family
    Written 11 December 2022
  • MattwalesNorthWales
    Chengdu, China2,162 contributions
    Informative but traditional
    This is not a modern museum, most of the exhibits, whilst interesting are displayed in a very "old school" way. If you are expecting technology and interactivity don't bother, but if you are seeking information about this remarkable country you'll get it in spades. This museum is next door to the Natural History Museum so you can save money by buying a combined ticket.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 15 July 2023
  • Peter M
    Melbourne, Australia1,301 contributions
    Colombo National Museum
    It was originally called the Colombo Museum and established in 1877 by the British Governor of Ceylon Sir William Henry Gregory. It holds many exhibits relating to Sri Lanka cultural and heritage. It is only 40 rupiahs for locals but foreigners pay more than ten times as much at 469 rupiahs.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 23 August 2023
  • Ivan
    London, United Kingdom41 contributions
    The Colombo National Museum brings alive Sri Lanka's fascinating history
    If you are visiting Colombo, the commercial capital of Sri Lanka, then a visit to the Colombo National Museum is a must. It's a fascinating treasure trove and you can learn so much of Sri Lanka's rich cultural heritage - my friends brought me here virtually as soon as I landed in Colombo. The highlight for me is seeing the majestic throne and crown of the King of Sri Lanka. The Museum is good value for money - if you are wanting to find out more about this island with deep insights into the history, heritage, culture of the peoples of Sri Lanka ,then I would highly recommend a visit here. You ought to spend at least half a day which I did. If you feel hungry, there is a food outlet outside the Museum serving Sri Lankan rice and curry and other food. I learnt so much by walking into this place - it brought alive Sri Lanka's rich history.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 26 August 2023
  • danny b
    Melbourne, Australia10 contributions
    Highlight of Colombo
    This is a fantastic museum. We went there on our way home to Melbourne, while we filled in time waiting for our flight. It was great as a way of better understanding what we had just experienced in Sri Lanka. It would also work as as a introduction to this wonderful country if you are spending time in Colombo at the start of a visit.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 2 September 2023
  • Anu. C
    Salmiya, Kuwait15 contributions
    Very informative
    Very informative and classied very nicely. You will need to spend at least 2- 3 hrs here to go through the entire mueseum. Categorised into 15 types ( weapons, textiles, gems, architecture, paintings etc) Artifcats from Sri Lanka and around the world are displayed here. We paid in cash. Not sure about cards.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 23 September 2023
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Anu. C
Salmiya, Kuwait15 contributions
Sep 2023 • Friends
Very informative and classied very nicely.
You will need to spend at least 2- 3 hrs here to go through the entire mueseum.
Categorised into 15 types ( weapons, textiles, gems, architecture, paintings etc)
Artifcats from Sri Lanka and around the world are displayed here.
We paid in cash. Not sure about cards.
Written 23 September 2023
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danny b
Melbourne, Australia10 contributions
Aug 2023 • Couples
This is a fantastic museum. We went there on our way home to Melbourne, while we filled in time waiting for our flight. It was great as a way of better understanding what we had just experienced in Sri Lanka. It would also work as as a introduction to this wonderful country if you are spending time in Colombo at the start of a visit.
Written 2 September 2023
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Ivan
London, UK41 contributions
Jun 2023 • Friends
If you are visiting Colombo, the commercial capital of Sri Lanka, then a visit to the Colombo National Museum is a must. It's a fascinating treasure trove and you can learn so much of Sri Lanka's rich cultural heritage - my friends brought me here virtually as soon as I landed in Colombo. The highlight for me is seeing the majestic throne and crown of the King of Sri Lanka. The Museum is good value for money - if you are wanting to find out more about this island with deep insights into the history, heritage, culture of the peoples of Sri Lanka ,then I would highly recommend a visit here. You ought to spend at least half a day which I did. If you feel hungry, there is a food outlet outside the Museum serving Sri Lankan rice and curry and other food. I learnt so much by walking into this place - it brought alive Sri Lanka's rich history.
Written 26 August 2023
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Peter M
Melbourne, Australia1,301 contributions
Jun 2023
It was originally called the Colombo Museum and established in 1877 by the British Governor of Ceylon Sir William Henry Gregory. It holds many exhibits relating to Sri Lanka cultural and heritage. It is only 40 rupiahs for locals but foreigners pay more than ten times as much at 469 rupiahs.
Written 23 August 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

MattwalesNorthWales
Chengdu, China2,162 contributions
Jul 2023 • Couples
This is not a modern museum, most of the exhibits, whilst interesting are displayed in a very "old school" way. If you are expecting technology and interactivity don't bother, but if you are seeking information about this remarkable country you'll get it in spades.
This museum is next door to the Natural History Museum so you can save money by buying a combined ticket.
Written 15 July 2023
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Goodgirl98
Chennai (Madras), India34 contributions
May 2023 • Family
It was an enjoyable visit for us and the teens. Nicely laid out exhibits with lots of historical narrative posted in each room.
Written 23 May 2023
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Shawn S
Colombo, Sri Lanka51 contributions
Dec 2022 • Family
The museum is rather dark and damp to really enjoy the exhibits. Its not the most interesting for young kids. It would be great if some of the museum curators took an effort to explain exhibits to keep things a bit interesting. I dont think they have changed the exhibits since I was a kid!
Written 11 December 2022
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Robert H
Wiltshire, UK10 contributions
Feb 2022 • Couples
Excellent museum highlighting the history of Sri Lanka and all visitors to the country should spend some time learning about the country. Worth an hour or so during ones time in Colombo
Written 21 February 2022
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SuVi
Colombo, Sri Lanka47 contributions
Jan 2022
The National Museum has now been revamped and there is much more educational and recreational activities for the kids.

several of the exhibits have been renovated and the area is very clean and neat. exhibits have light and sound action installed. there is a large art gallery area which houses old art and crafts items.

A must visit for the kids!
Written 28 January 2022
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aruna s
Colombo, Sri Lanka279 contributions
May 2017 • Friends
Very nice place.
Dignity and proud of 🇱🇰 .
Really i like the place.
We can learn abut srilanka history
Written 2 February 2021
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