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Address: Pettah, Colombo, Sri Lanka
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Small museum, poorly maintained

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... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Raelene H
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Melbourne, Australia
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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

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 find, so worth a look if you have the time and are in the area.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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.

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Thank Apisek W
Colombo
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
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

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Thank svperera
Colombo
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189 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
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 for others as an attraction.Bit hard to find as well.

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Thank Thisanthi
Bellevue, Washington
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341 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
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 to know that the Portuguese and Dutch both had a hand in shaping Sri Lanka... More 

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Thank John S
Doha, Qatar
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 340 helpful votes
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 not well maintained and the collection of items is being ruined. I thought this when... More 

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Hong Kong, China
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 141 helpful votes
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 not.

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2 Thank TheOExpress
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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.

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Thank Danny K
Mumbai
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
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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143 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
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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