Colombo National Museum

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Colombo National Museum
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Colombo National Museum
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Colombo National Museum
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The main museum that houses artefacts representing the heritage of Sri Lanka.

Established as the Colombo Museum in 1877, the Colombo National Museum is the main museum in the country that exhibits a plethora of artefacts representing Sri Lanka's rich history and ancient heritage. The architecture and design of the premises are dominated by features of Italian architecture and the museum spans across two floors with multiple viewing galleries on each floor.

The ground floor displays artefacts belonging to the Pre and Proto Historic, Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, Kandy and Transitional periods with stone antiquities gallery. And on the upper floor, you will find paintings, ancient textiles, pottery and ceramics, coins and currency, art and crafts, arms and armaments, presentations of traditional agricultural methods and traditional rituals and the D S Senanayake Memorial Gallery.

The atmosphere is usually quiet and calming, and you can explore and wander around the premises at your own pace. If you are in the city, even for a short visit, we recommend that you pay a visit, because there is so much to learn and discover.


Venue name: Colombo National Museum
Address: 854, Sir Marcus Fernando Mawatha
Colombo 7
Opening hours: Daily 9:00am–6:00pm (Closed on public holidays. Tickets won't be issued after 5pm)
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