Colombo National Museum

If you are looking to understand Sri Lanka’s rich culture and heritage in all its entirety, the Colombo National Museum is the place to visit. The premier museum in Sri Lanka is home to the largest collection of relics, ranging from ancient exhibits dating back to the first kingdoms that existed in the country to exhibits that showcase the unique natural history of the country. Located in Colombo 7, the Museum also serves as a getaway from the hustle and bustle of urban lifestyle, as it is surrounded by lush green gardens.

Best Known For

  • The abundance of exhibits that range from relics, art, carvings, animal carcasses, geological rocks and historical books make it the most comprehensive museum in the country to understand the rich, diverse culture and heritage of the country.
  • Its colonial inspired architecture in itself is the biggest exhibit of them all, as it is inspired by the symmetry of Italian neo - Palladianism that can only be seen in history books.
  • Surrounded by lush greenery amidst the hustle and bustle of the concrete jungle, the museum complex has also become a refuge for those looking to just take a break and read a good book.

Interesting Facts

  • The Colombo National Museum was established in 1877 after much difficulty under the British Governor of Ceylon, Sir William Henry Gregory.
  • The gem of a building is a testament to Sri Lankan ingenuity and craftsmanship being built by the renowned architect Arasi Marikar Wapchie Marikar.
  • The museum complex has been designed in a utilitarian manner that allows you to learn and understand Sri Lanka with ease.
  • The Colombo National Museum library, also established in 1877, is one of the oldest established libraries in the country possessing a priceless collection of documents dating back to the earliest civilisations that thrived during the 6th century BC.
  • Its calm and tranquil environment shrouded in lush greenery has made it a haven for many to go out to the little café in the back and enjoy a coffee while reading an interesting book, making it a place of relaxation too.

Times, Seasons and Tips

  • There is no such season for visiting the museum as it is opened throughout the year.
  • The museum is opened from 9.00am - 6.00pm everyday (except on public holidays). Make sure you allocate a few hours to get the best experiences since there are so many exhibits to explore.
  • Please do not touch the relics.
  • It is important to adhere to the rules and regulations set forth by the museum.

In conclusion, the Colombo National Museum is the premier museum in Sri Lanka that houses a comprehensive range of relics from the natural sciences to the social sciences. This makes it your one stop shop to truly understand the rich culture and heritage of the Paradise Island.

The information displayed is provided by Colombo National Museum

Business Hours

09.00am - 06.00pm, Monday to Sunday


Local Child
LKR 20
Local Adult
LKR 35
Foreign Child
LKR 300
Foreign Adult
LKR 600


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