Timings : 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (Monday - Saturday)
Entry Fee : LKR 500 for adults and LKR 300 for students
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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 to date, and it has been open to the public since the year 2003. There are two stories in the museum which are made of unique architecture and design inspired by Italian architecture.
Colombo Maritime Museum has a beautiful entrance which is flanked by old fashioned canons. It houses beautiful sculptures, artefacts, models, paintings and maps which speak about the maritime history of Sri Lanka. The museum is also home to statues of King Vijaya, Sanghamitta, Fa-Hien, Ibn Battuta and the Portuguese, Dutch and British. In addition, there are models of ships which were brought to the shore by the British colonials.
Take a historical tour which will leave you spellbound lost in the beauty of the large size painting of the voyages of discoveries by famous men. These voyages have played a significant role in shaping Sri Lanka’s history, culture, and religion. There are also 3D displays of the harbour of Colombo along with paintings of the Colombo fort which depict the European conquests.
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