The Dutch Period Museum situated in the pulsing heart of Colombo is a well-preserved building harking back to the colonial past of the island of Sri Lanka and is well worth a visit.
It is the former residence of Dutch Governor, Thomas Van Rhee. the building was used for a myriad of purposes after it was surrendered to the British. It has been an institute for training teachers, an orphanage, a hospital, a barracks for British officers and finally a post office. The museum has seen it all!
Located down Prince Street in Pettah, the 17th century Dutch Governor’s Mansion is an absolute oasis of peace in contrast to the streets outside. It is also in close proximity to meeting hotels in Colombo such as the well placed Berjaya Hotel Colombo.
Following a heavy monsoon rain in 1971, the building fell into a state of disrepair and was on the brink of being demolished. Following protests from the Royal Asiatic Society, restoration began in 1977 with assistance from the government of Netherlands and was opened to the public in 1982.
Virtually the last remaining Dutch era building in Pettah, it features the romance of old colonial Ceylon in its wooden doors, a grand hall, towering columns, and open courtyard. One of the most attractive sights in Colombo, the Dutch period architecture was a great source of inspiration to world-renowned Sri Lankan architect, Geoffrey Bawa.
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