The reviews on the National Museum on TripAdvisor are mixed, but mostly good. It doesn’t concern the value of the collection, but it is merely the way the artifacts are exhibited and the lack of guided tours to explain the relation between the rich Sri Lankan history and the objects shown. Fortunately a part of the museum is currently under restoration. The building is an Italian neo classical building, an awesome design, situated in a large lush garden with some majestic Banyan trees, established in 1877 and an initiative of the Governor of Ceylon, Sir William Henry Gregory. The architect and constructor is Arasi Marikar Wapchie Marikar, a descendent from Sheikh Fareed in Iraq, who came to Sri Lanka in 1060 AD. Wapchie Marikar has given a remarkable contribution to the construction of many famous buildings and structures in Colombo, such as the General Post Office, the Clocktower, the Old Town Hall, the Galle Face Hotel, Colombo Customs and Victoria Arcade. The collection holds artifacts of historic and cultural value, while there is a considerable separate department of Natural History. Sri Lanka has a long history of Buddhist kingdoms and a lot of excavations have been done during the last century and so the number of artifacts has similarly increased which have now been housed in the National Museum. The highlight of the collection is the thrown and regalia of the last Kandyan king, who ruled until 1815, when the British took over the rule of the entire country. A visit to the National Museum is very interesting for both who are visiting the monuments of the Cultural Triangle and those who are interested in the artifacts, but are not able to visit the sites.
Opening times: 09.00 a.m. to 06.00 p.m. daily, except all Public Holidays