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Colombo National Museum
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US$34.00*
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4-Hours Colombo City Tour
Ranked #17 of 112 things to do in Colombo
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Owner description: This museum of Asian civilizations is one of the oldest in Sri Lanka.
Reviewed 29 June 2018 via mobile

This museum was not the worst we have been to. It is large with a lot of stone relics to see. It is very structured and tourists are expected to follow a pre destined route. There are often school children here which can make for a very loud experience. The tourist price is 1200 rupees for both museums (natural and historical) and 1000 rupees for just the history museum.

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Reviewed 27 June 2018 via mobile

Well preserved and tastefully renovated with a small cafeteria and a nice laksala store close by, worth a visit for history and culture buffs. I loved the stories that came with the traditional srilankan masks, clothes , weapons and utensils

Thank Denzel2014
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Reviewed 26 June 2018 via mobile

Firstly a warning : you need at least 2 or 3 hours to do it justice!
The history of SL is recorded with in meticulous detail with a room/hall representing the various eras. Information is presented clearly and thoroughly in each room and for each section. Well preserved artifacts are on display and some stunning artwork and crafts.
When you come from a country which only really has well -recorded history going back less than 400 years, it is humbling to literally walk through 3000 years of social, economic and spiritual development.
I left feeling I was visiting a proud nation.

Thank SusanS6473
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Reviewed 26 June 2018

Colombo National Museum is located at Albert Crescent, Colombo, Sri Lanka. National Museum of Colombo, also known as the Sri Lanka National Museum is one of two museums in Colombo. It is the largest museum in Sri Lanka. It is maintained by the Department of National Museum of the central government. The museum holds contains a collections of much importance to Sri Lanka such as the regalia of the country, including the throne and crown of the Kandyan monarchs as well as many other exhibits telling the story of ancient Sri Lanka. Very beautiful place to visit. You need about two to three hours to complete its two floors.

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Reviewed 25 June 2018

Like every temle, museum, library, park and national monument in Sri Lanka...there is a cost for tourists and a cost for locals. The prices charged for tourists, with no discounts for say a family of four...makes about $100++ for everything you want to see. The disparity makes you feel like a walking ATM...even a roti shop..our tuk tuk driver took us insidemhis favorite shop...the cashier asked who the food was for..for us? ...the foreigner? Yes! So then the store owner recalculated the cost of roti...a small simple local filled bread..and charged us triple the amount! So from museum to roti shop...to a hamburger at the airport on your way out..$18.95 USD!
Be prepared to feel ripped off...your travel $ wont take you far...as for this museum..we viewed it from the outside...we spent the money with cocktails in a famous hotel surrounded by antiques instead. Until the Sri Lanka government changes this disparity of tourists paying more and the locals charging more ..even of bananas...it all adds up to people leaving the island feeling ripped off..or as another tourist told me..the feeling of sadness in the heart to be treated like that NATIONWIDE!

Thank malabar-coasters
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