A collonaded building featuring classical architecture, the Dutch Museum stands aloof in the heart of Colombo giving the curious visitor a glimpse of the Dutch colonial period in Sri Lanka.
Built during the Dutch activity of Colombo in the 17th century, the two-storey structure was once the official dwelling of Thomas van Rhee who was the governor at the time. The house was used as a teacher training school, an orphanage, an infirmary and even a police preparation school during the British colonial era in Sri Lanka.
Having served its use as a police-training academy set by up the British administration, the building was later used as the Pettah Post Office in 1932. The location fell into neglect in 1971 due to the collapsing of an outer wall following the monsoon rains.
How to get there
Found on Prince Street in Colombo, the Dutch Museum is located within reach of many luxury apartments in Colombo. If you are ever in the capital of Sri Lanka and based in a stay in the heart of the city such as Cinnamon Life Colombo, definitely arrange a visit to the Dutch Museum that showcases exceptional artefacts including fixtures, coins, and arms.
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