Museums Sri Lanka

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National Museum of Colombo
The National Museum of Colombo was founded in 1st January 1877, during the tenure of office of the British Colonial Governor, Sir William Henry Gregory. Housed in a fine colonial-era building, the museum is famous for collection of ancient royal regalia, Sinhalese artwork (carvings, sculptures et al.), antique furniture, china, and Ola manuscripts. The museum contains: more than 4.000 palm leaf manuscripts; ancient and medieval jewelry; rare collection of traditional masks; wood and ivory carvings; temple frescoes; ceramics objects including VOC plates of the Dutch period; stone sculpture and lithic inscriptions.

Air Force Museum
The idea of inaugurating a Museum to preserve and depict the Aviation History of the Sri Lanka Air Force was initially suggested by Air Vice Marshal W. D. H. S. W. Goonetileke, psc, ndc, during his tenure of office as Commander of the Air Force. The project got underway and initial steps were taken to identify and collect items of historical importance which were preserved at Sri Lanka Air Force Base, Katunayake.

Folk Museum Complex
The Folk museum is an ideal place to get to know the author better, to understand a little of what Koggala and its people meant to him. Wickramasinghe’s writings vividly recall the carefree days of his childhood, exploring the marine life in the Koggala reef, playing with his friends from the village and enjoying the rural solitude of his beloved Koggala.

National Museum of Natural History, Colombo
It is located in the same premises as the National Museum. This museum depicts natural heritage of Sri Lanka. It displays birds, mammals, reptiles, sea-mammals, insects, botanical plants, gems and geological specimens of Sri Lanka. The museum is Open daily from 09.00 hrs to 17.00 hrs.

Dutch Period Museum
The museum is housed in the old `Dutch House' on Prince Street, Pettah, which was earlier the residence of Count August Carl Van Ranzow. The museum displays Dutch legacy through artifacts such as furniture, ceramics, coins, arms etc. The museum is open daily from 09.00 hrs to 17.00 hrs except on Fridays.

Bandaranaike Museum
The museum contains photographs, objects and documents of former Prime Minister Mr. S. W. R. D. Bandaranaike who was assassinated in 1959.

Gems Museum
The museum displays its collections of pre historic objects and fossile of Rhinoceros, Hippopotamus and Elephant collected from the gem pits of Ratnapura District. Other exhibits include jewelry, textiles, flags, gems and semi-precious stones. Some of the artifacts displayed here, reflect the unique art & culture of the Sabaragamuwa Province.

Colombo Port Maritime Museum
The Colombo Maritime Museum is at the Colombo port, maintained by the Sri Lanka Ports Authority. The museum is located in the old Dutch prison built in 1676 which is the only surviving Dutch period building at the Colombo Port premises at the present day which has been refurbished and renovated to accommodate the artifacts at cost of Rs 25 million as a result of the concept first presented by the late Minister of Port Development and Shipping, M. H. M. Ashraff. The main entrance to this museum is from the Chaithya Road.

Koggala Folk Museum
Koggala Folk Museum in Sri Lanka is a very interesting place to visit. In fact the museum is dedicated to a rare collection of folk trappings and appliances from all over the island. Here you will find that all the items are arranged very methodically. Twenty five categories have been created to represent handicrafts, folk art, folk music, folk medicine, religion, cottage industries, agriculture and costumes. Koggala Folk Museum has a rare personality associated with it.


National Maritime Museum
The National Maritime Museum in Galle, Sri Lanka is located within the Galle fort. This museum specializes in the fauna and flora of the sea. Artifacts consist of underwater artifacts and scaled-down models of whales and fish. Other exhibits include life-size dioramas of the traditional methods of fishing and the "walk into the sea" diorama, showing the natural coral beds, sea grass beds and deep sea fish. One of the final exhibits of the museum is a display of the causes of sea pollution, coast erosion, and the methods used to combat these problems.