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Good display but a bit tired

The museum has a lot of gems on display however the displays are very tired and could do with a... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Brigg, United Kingdom
Interesting but limited

We visited this museum as we had read good reviews about the service offered while shopping for... read more

Reviewed 8 April 2018
Perth, Australia
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6 Ehelepola Mawatha | Batugedara, Ratnapura 70000, Sri Lanka
+94 45 2 230320
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The museum has a lot of gems on display however the displays are very tired and could do with a good overhaul to tidy it up. The good points of this place are that entry is free and also that the people there are very...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Lt648
Reviewed 27 August 2018 via mobile

The tour guide is very friendly but the museum is neglected. It's a small collection and more like an individuals collection. Some of the notices on the collection is damaged and eligible

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank cal d
Reviewed 2 August 2018 via mobile

A quick stop on the way out of town. The owner was very knowledgeable and the museum is interesting. We didn’t feel under any compulsion to buy at the end although they seem very reasonably priced. Highlight was asking where a mine was to look...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank MattStev
Reviewed 8 April 2018

We visited this museum as we had read good reviews about the service offered while shopping for gems. The staff were extremely knowledgeable and welcoming. They explained everything relating to the various gemstones found in Sri Lanka and attached to the museum is a shop...More

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank schester
Reviewed 13 July 2017 via mobile

It's a bit tired and run down. Our children were bored here. It could be much better with play based learning for kids.

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank 930jaredd
Reviewed 23 February 2017

We were taken here by the hotel guides. The museum operator was very knowledgeable about the mining process and the minerals involved with the gem trade. Spoke excellent English. There was a fair gem jewelry shop included. Being a geologist,I liked the museum and operator.

Date of experience: February 2017
Thank ainslieearlk
Reviewed 14 February 2017

For many decades thousands of tourists who enjoyed gemological tours for leisure and business do not miss the museum. I have eye witnessed rare gems and crystals at the Gemological Museum!

Date of experience: April 2016
Thank rohan2525
Reviewed 2 February 2017

It's an interesting place with quite a collection. You can get a good idea of the gem history, their kinds and related stuff in a wonderful way...

Date of experience: December 2016
Thank misskemali
Reviewed 19 September 2016

The museum is on one side of the hallway and the gem and jewelry store is on the other side of the hallway. Equal size, equally interesting. There is not pressure to shop in the store, however, I don't know why one wouldn't want to...More

Date of experience: September 2016
1  Thank Claudia R
Reviewed 8 April 2016 via mobile

This small museum was a nice stop on our visit to Ratnapura. It was great to see how the stones look before they are polished and processed. There's so many places to buy gem stones with pushy salespeople and rip-off tourist prices, but not this...More

Date of experience: April 2016
1  Thank annaconda89
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