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Address: Albert Crescent, Colombo, Sri Lanka
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+94 77 838 3798
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This museum of Asian civilizations is one of the oldest in Sri Lanka.

This museum of Asian civilizations is one of the oldest in Sri Lanka.

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Know the Sri Lankan culture

We had a great tour of the museum with a variety of items depicting the Sri Lankan culture and inheritance on display.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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Mahe Island, Seychelles
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Mahe Island, Seychelles
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We had a great tour of the museum with a variety of items depicting the Sri Lankan culture and inheritance on display.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Definitely worth a visit for the icons, paintings, writings and artefacts of sinhaleae culture. I loved seeing the ivory combs and writing implements. However, the museum isn't set out in chronological or logical order, so I personally didn't feel like I understood how what I was seeing fit into the larger picture of Lanka's development. Rooms do have contexts and... More 

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Bengaluru, India
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This museum is having collection of sculptures of Buddist momuments. and cerrtain collections of Portugese, Dutch & British period. This building is under renovation

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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

we love the library, the library inside the Colombo National Museum hold best collection of Arts and humanities

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Bengaluru, India
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Worth spending time understanding the history and interesting to know how it differs from place to place.

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Kandy, Sri Lanka
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

a good place to have a taste of sri lankan history. but must mention that its maintanance is not up to date. so many valueble artifacts and paintings are just about to get destroyed.

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Hope Island, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The museum is located in a huge, and I mean HUGE white colonial building that was the residence of the British government. It must cost a fortune to upkeep it and consequently it is in disrepair undergoing 'some' restorations. The collections are so-so, with old Buddhist stone carvings and also Portuguese, Dutch and British most interesting and best preserved. There... More 

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Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

staff at entrance are NOT allowed to smile, very depressive attitude. the place is eaten up by humidity its a shame

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Bengaluru, India
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It is a small place with a small collection spread across 2 or 3 rooms. Not too many artefacts, would need about 20 mins to cover the entire museum.

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

There are some really interesting artefacts here but it's all so poorly presented. The building in which it sits is very grand but is in such a bad way: bird droppings and random marks stain many of the outside walls. Similarly with the grounds, which are potentially quite stately but have unfinished materials lying around everywhere. Inside, the statues exhibition... More 

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