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National Museum

The National Museum of Colombo, also known as the Sri Lanka National Museum, is the largest museum in Sri Lanka and houses many collections of cultural and historical significance, including the crown and throne of the Kandyan monarchs – the last kings of Sri Lanka – and artefacts and narratives which outline the island’s fascinating ancient history and the central role that Buddhism came to play in Sri Lankan culture.

First established in 1877 by Sir William Henry Gregory, the British Governor of Ceylon at that time, the museum was designed in a spectacular Italianate architectural style and sits majestically on a quiet city-centre street. Those interested in exploring Sri Lanka’s enthralling history – particularly if you are not visiting the Cultural Triangle – should spend half a day here and explore the wide range of intriguing objects that are on display.

We offer a wide range of engaging experiences for those interested in discovering more about the Culture and History in Sri Lanka, including several in Colombo, such as our Colombo’s Colonial History walking tour, and a tea tasting session with an expert who will take you through the history of Ceylon tea.

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