The collection of historical, cultural, zoological and botanical specimens on display at the Colombo National Museum is stupendous. Located within a central location in Sri Lanka, the museum is easy to locate when touring Colombo. Its architecture is also distinct as construction was completed in 1876. Owing its grandeur to the British by whom the project was initiated, today it stands as a monument amidst rapid development in the city of Colombo. If you plan to visit the museum in the future it would be best to note that One Galle Face is currently being constructed. These Apartments in Colombo would leave you spellbound. A visit to the Colombo National Museum should definitely be on your bucket list.
The section allocated for culture is divided into the ethnology and anthropology. An immense collection of coins, stone antiquities, pottery, bronzeware and its likes are displayed in the ethnology section. The quantity of those displayed would be sufficient to make you feel as though you are in a dense forest unable to take in all that is on offer. The anthropology section houses 6000 artifacts, the information continues to grow more dense and richer.
Your visit is about to become more interesting as you visit the sections allocated for science. Start by observing a collection of well- preserved wet and dried plants. Move onto the Entomology section where over 95,000 dry mounted insect specimens and over 5000 of those preserved in alcoholic substances create ghastly yet beautiful impressions on your mind.
The zoology division is bound to amuse you with the largest faunal collection in the country. It also reveals the density and diverseness of biology in the island. In the geological section you would be fascinated by prehistoric minerals and rocks as well as both local and foreign fossils.
Every nook and cranny of the Colombo National Museum is amazing. Once engrossed in all that it has to display, it would be quite difficult to step out of your dreamy state.
Uditha Dharmawardhane is a travel writer who writes under the pen name Roland Lefevre. He specializes in creating features on leisure as well as business travel destinations across the globe. Google+