The National Museum of Colombo is the main museum of Colombo and is a prominent landmark of the city. It is an excellent place for tourists to gain a deeper understanding of Sri Lanka's rich history that spans over the course of more than 2500 years. Established in 1877, the museum houses a wide variety of artefacts from a number of different eras of Sri Lankan history. The three main sections of the museum are the natural science section, cultural section and the library. The natural science section is further divided into entomology, zoology, botany and geology, showcasing a wide array of items ranging from insect specimens to prehistoric objects to collections of dried plants. The ethnology and anthropology sub-sections comprise the cultural section of the museum and offer over a million items on display - coins, pottery, musical instruments and other cultural objects. A visit to the museum is recommended for travellers who wish to learn more about the culture and history of Sri Lanka.
About 500/= for foreigners
9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Around 1 hour
Adults, Families, Young Adults, Senior Guests, Children
Relics from ancient Kandy and Anuradhapura and the natural science section
Though a designated prayer room at the National Museum of Colombo might not be available, several mosques will be available in the vicinity to visit during prayer times. Some of the prominent mosques in Colombo, close to the museum, include the The Dawatagaha Jumma Masjid and Shrine is found within walking distance and is located at 12 C W W Kannangara Mawatha, Colombo. Muslim travellers may also visit the Kollupitiya Jumma Mosque which is located down Shri Uttarananda Road. Several other lesser-prominent mosques will also be located around the area. Plenty of private space is available outside the museum building as well, to make use of, if necessary.
Muslim travellers looking for Halal food near the National Museum of Colombo will find plenty of Halal restaurants located across Colombo. In addition to the numerous road-side Halal food eateries, Muslim travellers may also visit some of the more prominent Halal restaurants in the area such as the Cioconat Lounge, The Barnesbury, The Sandwich Factory, DineMore, Burger Blast and Jagro Simply Strawberries.