"Colombo National Museum" Cinnamon Gardens - Viharamahadevi Park Tip by xiquinho

Sri Lanka's National Museum occupies one of the city's finest buildings, although there are plans in place to move to the unoccupied parliamentary building. For the meantime it remains in its Cinnamon Garden home of a grand colonial palace, located south of Viharamahadevi Park.

The collection inside is eclectic, ranging from artefacts recovered from the Cultural Triangle's many archaeological sites, to gifts received by the premiers of Sri Lanka and a collection of the strange "fish-hook" coins once used as currency in the country. Larger items of interest include an ancient hollowed-out canoe recovered from a dredged estuary, masonry totems and pillars, and numerous examples of the fearsome curved swords favoured by the Sri Lankans over the centuries.

The most spectacular exhibit is that of the throne and crown of the last king of Sri Lanka - stolen by the British and only returned in 1934. Upstairs is the small and seemingly sadly neglected museum of children's puppets, rather incongruously capped by a full skeleton of a blue whale suspended from the ceiling. Most displays have information in English as well as Sinhalese.

Directions: Albert Cres. Open: Sat-Thu 09h00-17h00. Admission: SLR65. Tel: +94 (0)11-2694-366.

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  • Written Dec 26, 2007
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