Colombo National Museum

Colombo National Museum

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  • Sri Lanka
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Colombo National Museum, Colombo Overview

Housed in a massive white building in Colombo is Sri Lanka National Museum, holding thousands of treasures from the country’s past. The moment you set your eyes on this museum, you would be able to tell that it is a colonial structure, built like most other European buildings.


Doors to this premiere cultural wealth were opened on 1st January 1877. It was founded by Sir William Henry Gregory, the then British Governor of Ceylon (Sri Lanka), who was persuaded by the Royal Asiatic Society (CB) for opening up a public museum. At the time of its establishment it was known as the Colombo Museum.


The Collection
Hundreds of years have been stored inside the largest museum in Sri Lanka. As you enter the building, a 9th-century stone Buddha statue receives you with an enigmatic smile. The collection on the lower floor has been categorized in a chronological order and on the upper floor, relics have been kept as per their themes.


Museum Library
A major share of the collection is kept inside the museum library. Here you will find ancient documents, inscriptions on palm leaves, books and publications of the 18th century and even periodicals in local and foreign languages.    

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