The Colombo National Museum

The Colombo National Museum


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About The Colombo National Museum

The 138 bus route whilst a bit rocky takes you through one of Colombo’s most distinguished landmarks- the Colombo National Museum. The Museum is within walking distance from Nelum Pokuna and Town Hall. It’s surrounded by a neatly kept lawn and a pathway that leads to a vast white building which holds and preserves within its walls Sri Lanka’s national heritage and culture.

The museum was founded by Sir William Henry Gregory in 1877 who was the then British Governor of Ceylon. The architect responsible for the design was J.G. Smither who infused a touch of Italian style whilst designing the museum. It’s said that the construction of the building was undertaken by Arasi Marikar Wapchie Marikar, a descendant from the Sheiq Fareed family who was also responsible for the building of other noted landmarks such as the General Post Office, and Galle Face hotel.

As you enter the building you’ll find yourself facing a limestone statue of Lord Buddha and a few intriguing historical carvings by the staircase. As you walk through the halls of the museum you’ll find yourself surrounded by important symbols belonging to the country that take you back into a world where industrialisation was just a concept and the battles of Kings were a reality.

So take your time to stroll through the museum taking in the stories told by each exhibit!

Opening times:

  • 9:00am to 6:00 pm (Tickets are not issues after 5:00pm)
  • The Museum is open all 7 days of the week except on Public holidays.

The 138 bus route whilst a bit rocky takes you through one of Colombo’s most distinguished landmarks- the Colombo National Museum. The Museum is within walking distance from Nelum Pokuna and Town Hall. It’s surrounded by a neatly kept lawn and a pathway that leads to a vast white building which holds and preserves within its walls Sri Lanka’s national heritage and culture.

The museum was founded by Sir William Henry Gregory in 1877 who was the then British Governor of Ceylon. The architect responsible for the design was J.G. Smither who infused a touch of Italian style whilst designing the museum. It’s said that the construction of the building was undertaken by Arasi Marikar Wapchie Marikar, a descendant from the Sheiq Fareed family who was also responsible for the building of other noted landmarks such as the General Post Office, and Galle Face hotel.

As you enter the building you’ll find yourself facing a limestone statue of Lord Buddha and a few intriguing historical carvings by the staircase. As you walk through the halls of the museum you’ll find yourself surrounded by important symbols belonging to the country that take you back into a world where industrialisation was just a concept and the battles of Kings were a reality.

So take your time to stroll through the museum taking in the stories told by each exhibit!

Opening times:

  • 9:00am to 6:00 pm (Tickets are not issues after 5:00pm)
  • The Museum is open all 7 days of the week except on Public holidays.