The National Museum of Colombo helps you to uncover Sri Lanka’s wealthy heritage that’s influenced by many nationalities, religions, and cultures. If you’re in Colombo and searching for a meaningful pastime activity, paying a visit to the museum may be an ideal experience.

The Location and Tickets

The museum may be easily accessed from any luxury hotel in Colombo because it is situated in Colombo 7, in the guts of the town. If you’re staying at properties like Cinnamon Grand Colombo, it’s only a 5–10-minute ride for you. The place stays open from 9 am to five pm but is closed on all public holidays. Ticket prices can vary for locals and foreigners, so best to maintain some extra money with you!

Architecture and Construction

The Museum was first established in 1877 by the British governor of Ceylon at the moment, Sir William Henry Gregory. The constructing has an Italian style to it and was designed by the famous PWD architect J. G. Smither. The construction was done under the supervision of Wapchie Marikar, who also influenced the Old Town Hall, Clock Tower, and General Post Office construction in Colombo.

Historical Significance

The Throne of Kandyan Kings
Image via Wikimedia Commons – Mr Nigel, The Throne of Kandyan Kings, CC BY-SA 2.0

You can find many artefacts with historical significance here, while the crown jewel and the throne of the last King of Ceylon take centre stage. Masks, puppets, books, paintings, fossils, and animal specimens are displayed here in large halls. You will even find many artefacts related to the traditional Ceylonian kingdoms.


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