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Colombo National Museum Tours

Colombo National Museum
Founded in 1877, the Colombo National Museum in central Colombo chronicles the history and cultural heritage of Sri Lanka. Also called the Sri Lankan National Museum, the institution occupies a 19th-century Italianate-style building and attracts visitors eager to view its wide collection of treasures.

The Basics
Circled by lawns, the Colombo National Museum is fronted by a statue of Sir William Gregory, the museum’s founder and island governor from 1872 to 1877. Inside, visitors are greeted by one of the museum’s standouts—a large 5th-century statue of the seated Buddha. Spread over two stories, displays chart Sri Lanka’s ancient, medieval, and colonial past with everything from Bronze Age artifacts to coins, weapons, and art and include a library and natural history collections. Highlights include prehistoric cave paintings and the ornate golden throne and crown jewels of Kandy’s last kings.
 
Most Colombo city tours include the museum, with half-day tours giving time to view the must-sees and longer tours allowing you to explore in more depth. The museum also features on Colombo Jeep and afternoon tea tours for an added dose of fun and local culture.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • The Colombo National Museum is a must-visit for history fans and anyone interested in Sri Lankan culture.
  • History buffs should choose a tour that provides two hours at the museum: There’s more than enough to fill the time.
  • The museum has restrooms, a café, and a gift shop.
 
How to Get There
The museum stands on Albert Crescent in central Colombo, with its back to Viharamahadevi Park (formerly Victoria Park). The easiest way to get there is by cab or tuk-tuk—most drivers will know the way. If you’re going by bus, the nearest stop is the Glass House bus stop on Albert Crescent, just a short walk from the main entrance.

When to Get There

The Colombo National Museum is open from 9am to 5pm daily, but closed on public holidays such as full-moon days and Christmas Day. Be aware that many of the exhibition halls are shut around 30 minutes before closing time and last entry is an hour before full closure.
 
Get the Most from Your Colombo National Museum Visit
If your schedule is flexible, make time to enjoy the museum’s lovely café and gift shop after exploring. Also, take a stroll in the gardens to see their huge banyan trees—their shade will be welcome after touring the non-air-conditioned museum.
Address: Sir Marcus Fernando Mawatha, Colombo 00700, Sri Lanka
Admission: Varies
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Colombo City TourDay Trips

Colombo City Tour

With this tour you can visit Colombo National Museum, Gangarama temple, Seema malaka, Independence Memorial Hall, Red Mosque and Kelaniya Raja Maha Viharaya and some other in a single day
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  • 6 to 9 hours
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Colombo Shore Excursion: City Sightseeing TourBus Tours

Colombo Shore Excursion: City Sightseeing Tour

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When your cruise calls at Colombo, avoid the hassles of exploring Sri Lanka’s capital independently by booking this private tour. See all Colombo’s highlights, including the Seema Malaka Buddhist temple and Old Parliament; take photos of the Old Lighthouse Clock Tower and Independence Square; dive into Pettah’s street markets, and more—all with a guide to handle logistics and shed light on the city’s history and culture. Includes port pickup and drop-off and air-conditioned transport.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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Private Colombo City TourBus Tours

Private Colombo City Tour

Sightseeing in Colombo can be stressful if you’re using cabs or the often-crowded buses. Check out the city’s attractions in one smooth, easy trip on this private tour, with a guide to fill you in on the sights. Traveling by private air-conditioned vehicle, visit Seema Malaka, the Dutch Hospital Shopping Precinct, and more; and tailor the duration and itinerary to suit your personal wishes. Central hotel pickup and drop-off are included for convenience.
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Colombo City Tour with Holiday Walkers Sri LankaBus Tours

Colombo City Tour with Holiday Walkers Sri Lanka

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Colombo like many capital cities in developing countries is fast changing its face. The journey of your tour will be Highlights of Colombo. Explore Colombo City.
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Rediscover ColomboDay Trips

Rediscover Colombo

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Rediscover-Colombo is a personalized city experience through the old city of Colombo, an unforgettable experience with your host as you drive & walk through the picturesque streets of Colombo and the mayhem of Pettah. It has been over 9 years now, since Chan, the boy behind Rediscover-Colombo, started to share his experience and knowledge enabling guests to spend a day or an evening in beautiful colonial Colombo. Continuous research goes into the areas you will visit and we truly believe that we learn something new every day. When contacting us via phone or email, you will either speak with Chan or his partner Nish as we are a company that feel personalization is key, hence we have just three others Lakshan, Ishan & Ruvini who work with us.
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Shore Excursion Colombo Port Terminal To Colombo City Tour Highlights Bus Tours

Shore Excursion Colombo Port Terminal To Colombo City Tour Highlights

When your ship docks in Colombo's port, explore the city on a full-day comprehensive tour. After convenient pickup right at the cruise port, set out for the city to see all the highlights and landmarks in just a single day. This tour is perfect for those cruise passengers short on time, and the carefully crafted itinerary makes sure you don't miss a thing. Between sightseeing and listening to guided commentary, you'll stop for an included lunch to keep you energized.
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  • 4 to 6 hours
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4-Hours Colombo City TourBus Tours

4-Hours Colombo City Tour

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Colombo—once called the "garden city of the East"—has a lot to offer: resort-like beaches, colonial architecture, national history museums, and Buddhist temples. It can be a challenge to pack it in eve on one trip, but this private tour gives a great introduction to the city in about half a day, taking you to see the city’s top sights and unconventional attractions to discover how locals live.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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Colombo Sightseeing & ShoppingDining Experiences

Colombo Sightseeing & Shopping

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Combine sightseeing and shopping in Colombo on this tour in the company of a private guide. Booking a private your means you'll enjoy personalized attention and your guide will tailor the itinerary to your interests. Highlights include Gangaramaya Temple, Galle Face Green, Independence Square, and others. While shopping for souvenirs, get guidance on the best shops and best deals.
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Colombo Like a Local: Customized Private TourCity Packages

Colombo Like a Local: Customized Private Tour

Get to know the city through the eyes of a passionate local. With no set itinerary, you can customize the tour or leave it up to the local for an insightful introduction to the city. Make travel about the people you meet not just the places you see.
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  • 2 to 6 hours
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Colombo City (Private) TourHalf-day Tours

Colombo City (Private) Tour

Combine a city orientation with a tailor-made shopping trip on this comprehensive door-to-door Colombo tour. Exploring with your private chauffeur/guide, check off the Buddhist temples of Seema Malaka and Gangaramaya, tour the Colombo National Museum (own expense), and admire the landmark Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall and Independence Square. After shopping stops at bustling Pettah Market and other stores, soak up ocean views from Galle Face.
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Colombo Day TourOvernight Tours

Colombo Day Tour

Colombo, the capital of Sri Lanka, has a long history as a port on ancient east-west trade routes, ruled successively by the Portuguese, Dutch and British. That heritage is reflected in its its architecture, mixing colonial buildings with high-rises and shopping malls. The imposing Colombo National Museum, dedicated to Sri Lankan history, borders sprawling Viharamahadevi Park and its giant Buddha. -Galle face Green is located in the heart of the city along the Indian Ocean coast, and is a popular destination for tourists and residents alike. The Galle Face Hotel is a historic landmark on the southern edge of this promenade. -Gangaramaya Temple is one of the most important temples in Colombo. The temple's architecture demonstrates an eclectic mix of Sri Lankan, Thai, Indian, and Chinese architecture. - Independence Memorial Hall Square, Pettah Floating Market and Old parliemnet, Arcade etc. -Evening City Shopping @ Colombo. (Odel, Laksala , Petah world market, Arpico Super center)
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Shore Excursion Colombo Port Terminal To Colombo City Tour HighlightsHalf-day Tours

Shore Excursion Colombo Port Terminal To Colombo City Tour Highlights

Explore Colombo City with a local in an air-conditioned vehicle. During this 4-6 hour tour, learn about Sri Lanka's capital city, visiting its most popular attractions. This family friendly tour is highly recommended for first time visitors.
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  • 6 hours
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Shore Excursion Colombo Port Terminal To Colombo City Tour Highlights

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Go on a comfortable and in-depth exploration of Colombo from your cruise ship on this shore excursion tour. Depart from the port in an air-conditioned vehicle with a driver and learn about the history of the city. Spot many of the city’s highlights, including the National Museum, Old Parliament, Independence Memorial Arcade, Beire Lake, and more.
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Colombo City TourBus Tours

Colombo City Tour

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Explore Colombo City with your private chauffeur. During this 4-hour tour, learn about Sri Lanka's capital city, visiting its most popular attractions. This family friendly tour is highly recommended for first time visitors.
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Colombo City TourHalf-day Tours

Colombo City Tour

Get a comprehensive tour of Colombo combined with personalized attention on this private excursion. Visit local temples, ancient buildings, and sightsee in the Cinnamon Garden residential area. You'll ride in a private comfortable vehicle with bottled water provided and plenty of chance to ask questions.
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  • 6 hours
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Colombo City TourHalf-day Tours

Colombo City Tour

Customer satisfaction can only be achieved by quality and time to time services. KiK Travels tries to give the ultimate satisfaction and luxury depending upon the traveller’s need.
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Private Half-Day Colombo City TourHalf-day Tours

Private Half-Day Colombo City Tour

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This is the ideal choice for first-time visitors looking to cover Colombo’s main attractions in under a day. Save time planning an itinerary and bartering with cabs; and relax as a driver-guide and private air-conditioned vehicle take you around the signature sights. Admire the Independence Memorial Hall and Beira Lake Seema Malakaya Temple; see worshippers at the Gangaramaya Temple, and learn about Colombo’s history and culture from your guide’s commentary.
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  • 5 hours
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Colombo City - Private TourHalf-day Tours

Colombo City - Private Tour

Sri Lanka is an ideal place to plan a getaway with your friends and family as it is an amazing country and holds a lot within to be explored. With the package you will be getting an opportunity to explore one of the important Part of this Nation which is Colombo. You will be witnessing its beauty that too in a most comfortable way as you will get the service of pick up and drop off in well - maintained, air-conditioned car along with a driver cum guide who will be telling you the facts and stories about the places you visit. You will visiting the National Museum, Indian Ocean views along Galle Face, Pettah Market, Gangarama Templeand much more. You will be enjoying your day thoroughly and will cherish it forever. Timings: Morning: 8:30 am - 12:30 pm Afternoon: 2:30 pm - 6:30 pm Duration:- 4 Hours Note: -Minimum number of people required: 2 -Children below age 5 are allowed without any charges.
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  • 4 hours
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Private Colombo City Tour with Traditional Srilankan LunchHalf-day Tours

Private Colombo City Tour with Traditional Srilankan Lunch

Explore the city of Colombo in the comfort of an air-conditioned car or van on this private tour. Depart from your hotel and visit many of the city’s highlights, including the National Museum, Old Parliament, Independence Square, the Dutch Hospital Shopping Precinct, and more. Enjoy a traditional Sri Lankan lunch.
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  • 6 hours
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Highlights Colombo Day Tour With Afternoon HIGH TEA In Taj Samudra HotelBus Tours

Highlights Colombo Day Tour With Afternoon HIGH TEA In Taj Samudra Hotel

Get a comprehensive tour of Colombo with a private guide in just half a day. Combine the tour with a traditional high tea experience at Taj Samudra Hotel, where you'll learn about the traditions of tea time. You'll be able to check all the most important landmarks off your list while moving at your own pace with your private group.
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  • 6 to 7 hours
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10 Days Tour in Sri Lanka (Hotels with Breakfast & Luxury Car)

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Drivers in Sri Lanka is one of the best leading Tour Operator in Sri Lanka tourism industry. We offer best price and best services. Our aim is to make your Sri Lanka Tours easy and memorable with our very finest service and to positively campaign for a good, healthy and enjoyable holiday to all our customers. This 10 days tour package includes accommodation with breakfast, a luxury vehicle, an English speaking professional driver & guiding, driver's accommodation & meals, fuel, 24 hours service & parking fees.
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  • 10 days
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7 Days Private Tour With English Speaking Guide - Explore Sri Lanka

Get a completely customized tour of Sri Lanka on this 7-day private excursion with a dedicated guide. Step aboard a private, air-conditioned vehicle to explore the country at your own pace, stopping at sites that interest you. Enjoy personalized attention and plenty of time to ask questions.
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  • 7 days
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Half Day Private Custom Colombo City TourHalf-day Tours

Half Day Private Custom Colombo City Tour

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Explore Colombo’s sights as you wish, without having to figure out routes or public buses, on this customizable private half-day tour. Traveling by air-conditioned car with a personal driver, cherry-pick from the recommended sights and activities to do and see what you want. Explore Pettah Market, Gangarama Temple, the National Museum, and more—the choice is yours. A choice of departure times and hotel pickup and drop-off are included.
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  • 4 hours
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Shore Excursion Colombo City Tour HighlightsHalf-day Tours

Shore Excursion Colombo City Tour Highlights

Exploring Colombo independently and the risk of getting lost or delayed. Make things easy with a private shore excursion that whisks you around the sights smoothly and comfortably. Travel by private vehicle, visit top sights such as the Seema Malakaya Temple, shop for souvenirs at handicrafts emporiums and hear tales of local life from your driver that you'd miss if alone. • Explore Colombo with ease on a private shore excursion from the cruise port or your hotel in Colombo • Forget cabs or buses,sightseeing stress-free by private air-conditioned car • See the sights, shop at markets, and hear about local life and history
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  • 4 hours
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