Explore the National Museum of Colombo – A snapshot of Sri Lanka’s past and present

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The National Museum of Colombo is a museum of archaeological, anthropological, and ethnographical exhibits and is ideal for those seeking to learn more about Sri Lanka.

National Museum of Colombo | Image Credit - Photo taken by me, CC BY-SA 3.0 Via Wikimedia Commons
National Museum of Colombo | Image Credit – Photo taken by me, CC BY-SA 3.0 Via Wikimedia Commons

A blast into the past

The museum is as one of the oldest with Sri Lanka established in 1877. The museum building itself is a reflection of Sri Lanka’s colonial past.

The exhibits

The exhibits in the museum is a culmination of Sri Lanka’s natural and cultural heritage. So, it isn’t the place to go if you are interested in seeing any contemporary pieces. However, the museum nods to cultural and historic art. The museum has two floors of exhibits. Whilst the exhibits on the ground floor is organized chronologically the exhibits on the second floor is arranged thematically


Located within Colombo’s diplomatic enclave the museum, is within a five-kilometre circumference to major landmarks within the city and to the best hotels in Sri Lanka. With the hub-bub of the city escape into the calm when you visit the museum or catch an equally serene stay at the Colombo Court Hotel & Spa.

Museum Information

The Colombo Museum is open to the general public on all seven days of the week but closed on national holidays like Full Moon Poya, Sinhala & Tamil New Year, Thai Pongal, Ramadan and Christmas. For further inquiries get in touch with the museum information centre at +94 11 2 69536

Filled with wanderlust that seeks to explore distant shores and captivated by the colors and vibrancy of exotic cultures, Kanya Mae writes on the beautiful, exciting, and enchanting wonders of the world. She is a writer who not only has a passion for travel, but also has a background in fashion, art and media.


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