The splendid National Museum of Colombo is a fascinating institution that is sure to capture the interest of the culture lover. Here are some important facts about this historical attraction.
The building which houses it is something of an attraction in itself, being a handsome colonial era edifice featuring remarkable Italian style architecture. The museum was founded in the 19th century by the British Governor of Ceylon (as Sri Lanka was formerly known), Sir William Henry Gregory. A great way to experience the city would be to stay at a centrally located city hotel in Colombo the likes of Mandarina Colombo.
The museum’s humble beginnings consisted of just eight hundred exhibits but today there are over one hundred thousand pieces on display. Peruse the ancient artefacts that have been sourced from the country’s many historic kingdoms, mighty rulers and other significant historic places and figures.
What to see
In the extensive galleries of the museum, you can find a splendid selection of artworks, sculpture, and carvings that are representative of the rich historical legacy of the ancient kingdoms of the nation. You will also encounter numerous guns, swords and other relics from the nation’s colonial era.
Highlights in the museum’s collection include a splendid Buddha statue in stone dating from the 9th century and the sandals of a Bodhisattva finished in bronze dating from the same period. Make it a point to see the majestic throne constructed in the 17th century for the monarch Wimaladharma. Visitors will also be enthralled by the remarkable collection of traditional Sri Lankan demon masks which are certain to captivate the culture lover.
Fritzjames Stephen is a travel writer, who writes content based on the myriad of experiences and indulgences that the world has to offer travellers across all walks of life. Google+