If you are a history or culture buff looking to learn more about Sri Lanka’s fascinating heritage then visiting the National Museum Colombo is a must. From cultural artefacts to even exhibits on natural history, this museum offers much to be discovered.
The National Museum in Colombo was inaugurated in 1877 and was founded by Sir William Henry Gregory, who was the British Governor of Ceylon at the time. The building with its Italian style architecture is a treasure in itself and is easily accessible for those staying at a centrally located Colombo hotel.
What to expect
The galleries of the museum showcase carvings, statues, art, exhibits from ancient kingdoms and the colonial periods and not forgetting all manner of weapons from guns to swords. Since the museum is within easy reach of many city accommodation options such as Berjaya Hotel Colombo, one can take time to truly explore and view these exhibits.
Among the not to be missed highlights are the Bodhisattva Sandals made from bronze that date back to the 9th century, the throne used by King Wimaladharmasuriya II of Kandy and the many artefacts and carvings found in the Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa period galleries.
The Natural History Museum
A part of the museum is a section dedicated to natural history. This Natural History Museum features a rather eclectic collection of exhibits that some may find quite intriguing; a taxidermy section with animals such as elephants, deer and a leopard, a blue whale’s jawbone and even a small two-headed goat that has been preserved in a jar!
Intrigued by history, art and food, Lavinia Woolf is a writer who is passionate about the extraordinary and writes of the exhilarating and enchanting. Google+