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Museums are a storehouse that represents the nation's history and culture. Museums in Colombo are much more than art and history; there are lots more to learn about the rich culture and heritage. The (Read More) listed museums have some splendid collection of centuries-old rare exhibits that depict the history of Sri Lanka.

Here is the list of 8 Best Museums in Colombo

1. National Museum of Colombo

National Museum of Colombo
4.3 /5

The National Museum of Colombo is a two-storey building which is the largest museum in Sri Lanka. It dates back to 1877 and has a colonial vibe with a rich history covering 2500 years. There are Dutch, Portuguese and British artworks, along with significant ancient and local artefacts, farming methods, tools and traditional craft. There is a courtyard and a cafeteria nearby.
Timings: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Entry Fee: Child LKR 15, Adult LKR 25  Foreigners: Child LKR 300, Adult LKR 500

2. Colombo Dutch Museum

Colombo Dutch Museum
3.6 /5

The Colombo Dutch Museum is a beautiful two-story building that is a storehouse of some fantastic architecture and the history of the Dutch colonial rule of Sri Lanka. The Colombo Dutch Museum was initially a residence of the Dutch governor- Thomas Van Rhee, and it was inside the walls of this museum that a treaty was signed with the Dutch.

3. Colombo Port Maritime Museum

Colombo Port Maritime Museum
3.5 /5

The Colombo Maritime Museum is in one of the former Dutch prisons which were built in 1676 making it one of the oldest Dutch buildings in Colombo. The museum has undergone many renovations, and it has been open to the public since 2003. There are two stories in the museum which are inspired by Italian architecture. There is a 3D video show included with the tickets
Timings: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Entry Fee: LKR 300 (adult), LKR 150 (child)

4. National Museum of Natural History

National Museum of Natural History

Covering the natural heritage of Sri Lanka, the National Museum of Natural History is located in the premises the National Museum of Colombo and is one of the only museums in the country to showcase collections of natural history and heritage. With over 5000 species and specimens of all kinds of animals endemic to Sri Lanka showcased, the collection also includes some rare and extinct mammals, birds, and amphibians
Timings: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Entry Fee: Foreigners: Child LKR 300, Adult LKR 500

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5. Sri Lanka Air Force Museum

Sri Lanka Air Force Museum
4.7 /5

Sri Lanka Air Force Museum is the only national museum dedicated to aviation and the history of SLAF. Consisting of four hangars and outdoor exhibits, the museum is open daily from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM except on Mondays. Some phenomenal memorabilia include aircraft like the LTT Colombo, vehicles like an Austin Firefighter, uniforms and weapons. There are eateries and gift shops in the complex
Timings: Tuesday to Sunday - 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM Closed on Mondays
Entry Fee: LKR 200 (adult) , LKR 50 (children)

6. National Railway Museum

National Railway Museum
4.7 /5

Learn about how locomotives first came to Sri Lanka and transported tea and people all over the country at National Railway Museum, which is open daily between 10 AM and 4 PM. It was built to commemorate the 150th anniversary of railway service in Sri Lanka. Showcasing unparalleled feats of engineering, the museum exhibits engines, carriages, rail cars, trams, trolleys, carriages and machinery.
Timings : 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Entry Fee: LKR 50 (adult) , LKR 10 (children) , LKR 500 (foreigners)

7. Independence Memorial Museum

Independence Memorial Museum

Located in the basement of the Independence Memorial Hall in the Independence Square, the Independence Memorial Museum in Sri Lanka was established to honour the country's heroes who were instrumental in helping Sri Lanka gain its freedom from the British forces. The museum has collections of busts, portraits of political leaders, patriots and men, each with their stories written next to it.
Timings: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Entry Fee: Free Entry

8. Economic History Museum of Sri Lanka

Economic History Museum of Sri Lanka
4.4 /5

Also known as Economic History Museum, Currency Museum in the Greco-Roman Central Point building has a collection dating back to the 3rd century BC. Open daily from 9 AM to 5 PM, the Currency Museum displays coins from Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, Kotte Kingdoms era, the Portuguese, Dutch and British colonial eras through to Ceylon’s modern days, commemorative coins and notes.
Timings: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Entry Fee: Free Entry

Without any doubt, these prominent museums in Colombo will surely make your visit worth it.

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