August 2018


A Day at the National Museum in Colombo
August 2018




Visiting a museum can be an amazing experience. The National Museum, together with the Natural History Museum, in Colombo, is the biggest museum in Sri Lanka. It is also home to many interesting historical and natural exhibits. Stepping through the grand wooden doors, wall maps will show a maze of the many sections that await you.

The first floor has on display beautiful tapestries and earthenware; this journey evolves into a fascinating display of clothes and jewellery from different cultures, religions and the country’s colonial past.

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If you do have a few hours to explore in Colombo, drop by the museum and experience the heritage of the island. 

 

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    Visit the Pre and Proto Historic section where you can see skeletons and bones of some of the earliest humans of Sri Lanka, including comparisons of the homo erectus versus the modern man. Stone tools and paintings drawn by possible Veddahs � indigenous people of Sri Lanka � display the manner in which mankind used to hunt and live during pre-historic times.

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    As you enter the sections displaying the artefacts of the different kingdoms of Sri Lanka, you will travel through time to the Anuradhapura period, Polonnaruwa period, Transitional period and the Kandy period. The golden crown and scepter of the last King of Sri Lanka along with a Royal throne and a smaller Royal seat fills the room. The gallery of magnificent stone statues standing tall, also reflect on the rich heritage of Sri Lanka.

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    The first floor has on display beautiful tapestries and earthenware; this journey evolves into a fascinating display of clothes and jewellery from different cultures, religions and the country's colonial past.

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    The first floor has on display beautiful tapestries and earthenware; this journey evolves into a fascinating display of clothes and jewellery from different cultures, religions and the country's colonial past.

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    A gallery of guns, canons, bow and arrows, as well as swords used by the Kings of Sri Lanka will catch your eye. The coin section is interesting with currency from around the world indicating travellers from different eras. These have been preserved from ancient times.

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    Be mesmerized by the exhibits that showcase village life, agricultural heritage and cultural traditions of Sri Lanka. Echoing drum beats and rural melodies fill your ears, bringing the scenes to life.

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    Leave the grand halls of the main building and your visit continues. The Natural Science Section is home to a variety of exhibits; such as that of crocodiles, elephants, sloth bears, giant squirrels, leopards, birds and many more. The colossal bone structure of the blue whale, the largest mammal of the sea, roofs an entire area of 70 feet and is definitely a sight to see.

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