The Museum Directory In Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka has its recorded history for more than 2500 years to the past. The modern society has evolved through this rich culture, poetry, agriculture, arts and crafts of the ancients. The preservation of these ancient artefacts and knowledge has been given the prominence by the Sri Lankan authorities.

Blue Ceylon is glad to present you the modern list of updated Directory of valuable and exciting Museums in Sri Lanka, where this is the one-stop site for the travellers, students and researchers to surf the contact information of the Sri Lankan Museums.

Let’s check the list…….

National Museums

  1. Colombo National Museum
  2. Kandy National Museum
  3. National Buddhist Museum
  4. Rathnapura National Museum
  5. Galle National Museum
  6. National Museum of Natural History Museum

Historical Museums

Cultural and Heritage Museums

  1. Dalada Maligawa Museum 
  2. Koggala Folk Museum (Martin Wickramasinghe Museum)
  3. Amblangoda Mask Museum 
  4. Walisinghe Harischandra Museum
  5. Jayawardena Cultural Center Museum
  6. Magampura Ruhuna Heritage Museum
  7. Weera Puran Appu Museum
  8. Folk Museum Anuradhapura
  9. S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike and Sirimavo Bandaranaike Memorial Museum
  10. Blessed Joseph Vaz Museum, Basilica Church
  11. Ancient Technology Museum

Maritime Museums

  1. Galle Maritime Archeological Museum
  2. Colombo Port Maritime Museum
  3. Maritime and Naval History Museum, Trincomalee

Archeological Museums

  1. Anuradhapura Museum 
  2. Buduruwagala Museum
  3. Dambadeniya Museum
  4. Dedigama Museum
  5. Dighavapi Museum
  6. Isurumuniya Museum 
  7. Jaffna Museum
  8. Kandy Museum 
  9. Kasagala Museum
  10. Kasagala Museum
  11. Kotte Museum
  12. Maligawila Museum
  13. Matara Star Fort Museum
  14. Mihintale Museum 
  15. Mulkirigala Museum
  16. Nalanda Museum
  17. Panduwasnuwara Museum
  18. Pidurangala Museum
  19. Puttalam Museum 
  20. Rajanganaya Museum 
  21. Seruwila Museum
  22. Tantirimale Museum
  23. Vavuniya Museum
  24. Vheragala Museum 
  25. Welgam Vehera Musem
  26. Yapahuwa Museum
  27. Yatala Museum

Defence Forces Museums

  1. Sri Lanka Air Force Museum
  2. Hoods Tower Museum
  3. Puthukkudiyiruppu War Museum
  4. Orr’s Hill Army Museum
  5. Maritime and Naval History Museum, Trincomalee
  6. Underwater Museum, Galle

Art Museums

  1. Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art
  2. Wax Museum
  3. Pottery Museum, Kaduwela

Transport Museums

  1. National Railway Museum, Kadugannawa
  2. National Highway Museum
  3. National Railway Museum, Colombo

Currency and Economic Museums

  1. Money and Banking Museum
  2. Economic History Museum

Special/ Uncategorised Museums

  1. National Park Museums
  2. Guruge Nature Park and Museum
  3. Vintage Car Museum
  4. Ceylon Tea Museum
  5. Community Tsunami Education Center & Museum
  6. National Telecommunication Museum
  7. Cricket Museum
  8. Computer Museum, University of Colombo

National Museums

Colombo National Museum

Specialty – Largest museum in Sri Lanka

Location – Sir Marcus Fernando Mawatha, Colombo 07

Opening Days – Open all 7 days except public and government holidays

Opening Hours – 9.00am to 5.00pm

Contact Details – www.museum.gov.lk – 0094 112 694366

Kandy National Museum

Specialty – Collection of various valuable historical items from the Kandyan era

Location – Kandy

Opening Days – Closed on Sundays and Monday, Public and government holidays

Opening Hours – 9.00am to 5.00pm

Contact Details – www.museum.gov.lk – 0094 81 2223867 

National Buddhist Museum

Specialty – History of world Buddhism

Location – Hemamali Mawatha, Kandy

Opening Days – Open on all days

Opening Hours – 8.00am to 7.00pm

Contact Details – Face book Page –  0094 812 236 202

Rathnapura National Museum

Specialty – prehistoric archaeological inventions, natural heritage, geological, anthropological, zoological artifacts and models related to the Sabaragamuva Province

Location – Rathnapura

Opening Days – Closed on Sundays and Monday, Public and government holidays

Opening Hours – 9.00am to 5.00pm (Closed until further notice for renovations – Updated on – 23/Feb/2020)

Contact Details – www.museum.gov.lk – 0094 452 222 451

Galle National Museum

Specialty – Object archaeological and anthropological objects inherited in Southern region, Dutch arms and weapons

Location – Church Street, Galle fort, Galle

Opening Days – Closed on Sundays and Monday, Public and government holidays

Opening Hours – 9.00am to 4.00pm

Contact Details – www.museum.gov.lk – 0094 912 232 051

National History of Natural History

Specialty – Specimens of flora and fauna in Sri Lanka/ Geological specimens

Location – Colombo National museum premises

Opening Days – Open all 7 days except public and government holidays

Opening Hours – 9.00am to 5.00pm

Contact Details – www.museum.gov.lk – 0094 112 694366


Historical Museums

Dutch Period Museum

Specialty – Artifacts of Dutch who ruled the coastal areas of Sri Lanka

Location – Prince Street, Colombo 

Opening Days – Open all 7 days except public and government holidays (Closed until further notice for renovations – Updated on – 23/Jan/2020)

Opening Hours – 9.00am to 500.pm

Contact Details – www.museum.gov.lk – 0094 112 448 466

Historical Mansion

Specialty – Rare antiques from all the colonial eras in Sri Lanka. Jewelry, furniture, pottery and Arts

Location – 31, 39 Leyn Baan St, Galle Fort, Galle.

Opening Days – Open all 7 days except public and government holidays and on Fridays from 12.00pm to 2.00pm

Opening Hours – 9.00am to 6.00pm

Contact Details – 0094 77 792 1555

Independence Memorial Museum

Specialty – Documents, Bio sketches of national heroes and many related items to the Independence in Sri Lanka

Location – 7 Independence Ave, Colombo

Opening Days – Closed on Sundays and Monday, Public and government holidays

Opening Hours – 9.00am to 5.00pm

Contact Details – www.museum.gov.lk – 0094 112 691 825

National Postal Museum

Specialty – Exhibits and artefacts of the Sri Lankan Postal history

Location – W A D Ramanayake Mawatha, Colombo 1

Opening Days – Closed on Saturdays and Sundays, Public and government holidays

Opening Hours – 9.00am to 4.00pm

Contact Details – Face Book Page – 0094 112 328 301


Cultural and Heritage Museums

Dalada Maligawa Museum (Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic)

Specialty – Arts, Jewellery, and crafts represent the Kandyan heritage  

Location – Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic premises, Kandy

Opening days – 365 days excluding April 13th, 14th and 15th

Opening hours – 7.00am to 7.00pm (No entry after 6.30pm)

Contact Details – www.sridaladamaligawa.lk – 0094 812 234 226

Koggala Folk Museum (Martin Wickramasinghe Museum)

Specialty – Artifacts of the local culture and local literature

Location – Koggala

Opening Days –  365 days excluding April 13th, 14th 

Opening Hours – 9.00am to 5.00pm

Contact Details – www.martinwickramasinghe.info – 0094 912 283 427

Amblangoda Mask Museum (Ariyapala Mask Museum) 

Specialty – Traditional Masks of Sri Lanka, Artifacts and a Library

Location – Ambalangoda

Opening Days – 365 days open

Opening Hours – 9.00am to 5.00pm

Contact Details – Face Book Page – 0094 912 258 373 

Walisinghe Harischandra Museum

Specialty – Furniture, Diaries and Books of a social reformer, historian and author 

Location- Negambo

Opening Days – Closed on all public and mercantile holidays and all Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays are closed.  

Opening Hours – 9.00am to 5.00pm

Contact – Face Book Page – 0094 312 233 644

Jayawardena Cultural Center Museum

Specialty – Personnel collection of former president J.R Jayawrdena

Location – Srimath Anagarika Dharmapala Mawatha, Colombo 7

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Contact Detail – 0112 695 084 – www.jrjc.lk

Magampura Ruhuna Heritage Museum

Specialty – Natural and Cultural heritage of the Southern parts in Sri Lanka

Location – Hambantota 

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Contact Detail – www.museum.gov.lk – 0094 472 222 366

Weera Puran Appu Museum

Specialty – Preserved personnel belongings of a National Hero

Location – Moratuwa

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Contact Detail – 0094 772 909 798 

Folk Museum Anuradhapura

Specialty – Traditional objects and tools 

Location – Anuradhapura

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Contact Detail – www.museum.gov.lk – 0094 252 234 624

S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike and Sirimavo Bandaranaike Memorial Museum

Specialty – Valuable items, documents, audio and video of the Bandaranayake family

Location – Bauddhaloka Mawatha, Colombo 7

Opening Dates – Closed on Mondays and all public holidays

Opening Hours – 9.00am to 4.00pm

Contact Detail – www.swrdbandaranaike.lk – 0094 112 691 131

Blessed Joseph Vaz Museum, Basilica Church

Specialty – Artefacts reflects the history of the Basilica Church Ragama

Location – Tewatta Road, Ragama

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Contact Detail – www.nationalbasilica.com – 0094 112 958 211

Ancient Technology Museum

Specialty – Ancient technological tools, artefacts and features represents the early cultures and socities

Location – Ancient Technological Museum, Polonnaruwa

Opening Dates – Open all days except Government Public Holidays

Opening Hours – From 9.00am to 5.00pm

Contact Detail – www.ceylonteamuseum.com –  0094 272 057 336,


Maritime Museums

Galle Maritime Archeological Museum

Specialty – Biological and Anthropological items and models of Southern coastal area

Location – Queens Street, Galle Fort, Galle

Opening Dates – Open all days except Government Public Holidays

Opening Hours – From 8.00am to 5.00pm

Contact Detail – www.museum.gov.lk – 0094 912 245 254

Colombo Port Maritime Museum

Specialty – A former dutch prison converted in to a museum to hold artefacts and sculptures represent historical port in the country

Location – Chaithya Rd, Colombo 1

Opening Dates – Open all days except Government Public Holidays

Opening Hours –  From 8.00am to 5.00pm

Contact Detail – 0094 112 421 201

Maritime and Naval History Museum, Trincomalee

Specialty – Maritime History and local naval history of Sri Lanka

Location – Lavender Ln, Trincomalee

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Contact Detail – Face Book Page – 0094 262 222 763


Archeological Museums

Concat –

Department of Archaeology
Sir Marcus Fernando Mawatha,
Colombo – 07,
Sri Lanka.
    
Phone : +94 11 2692840, +94 11 2692841
Fax : +94 11 2696250
Email : info@archaeology.gov.lk

Anuradhapura Museum 

Buduruwagala Museum

Dambadeniya Museum

Dedigama Museum

Dighavapi Museum

Isurumuniya Museum 

Jaffna Museum

Kandy Museum 

Kasagala Museum

Kasagala Museum

Kotte Museum

Maligawila Museum

Matara Star Fort Museum

Mihintale Museum 

Mulkirigala Museum

Nalanda Museum

Panduwasnuwara Museum

Pidurangala Museum

Puttalam Museum 

Rajanganaya Museum 

Seruwila Museum

Tantirimale Museum

Vavuniya Museum

Vheragala Museum 

Welgam Vehera Musem

Yapahuwa Museum

Yatala Museum


Defence Forces Museums

Sri Lanka Air Force Museum

Specialty – Artefacts related to the Air Force of Sri Lanka

Location –  Colombo International Airport Ratmalana (CIAR)

Opening Dates – Closed on Mondays and , Public and government holidays

Opening Hours – From 8.30am to 4.30pm

Contact Detail – www.airforcemuseum.lk – 0094 772 444 445

Hoods Tower Museum

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Puthukkudiyiruppu War Museum

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Orr’s Hill Army Museum

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Maritime and Naval History Museum, Trincomalee

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Underwater Museum, Galle

Specialty – A museum run by Navy, can explore underwater sculptures, corals and rich marine life.

Location – Galle

Opening Dates – Open on all 365 days

Opening Hours – N/A

Contact Detail – 0912 267 134


Art Museums

Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art

Specialty – Exhibits the history of arts which is relevant and unique to Sri Lanka

Location – Lauries Rd, Colombo 4

Opening Dates – Closed on Monday and Tuesday

Opening Hours – Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday from 11.00am to 5.00pm
Friday from 11.00am to 8.00pm

Contact Detail – mmca-srilanka.orginfo@mmca-srilanka.org

Wax Museum, Polonnaruwa

Specialty – Wax sculptures of famous leaders after post independent in Sri Lanka

Location – Ancient Technological Museum, Polonnaruwa

Opening Dates – Open all days except Government Public Holidays

Opening Hours – From 9.00am to 5.00pm

Contact Detail – www.ceylonteamuseum.com –  0094 272 057 336,

Pottery Museum, Kaduwela

Specialty – Pottery in Sri Lanla

Location – New Kandy Road, Biyagama

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Transport Museums

National Railway Museum, Kadugannawa

Specialty – Many old locomotives, carriages, Machineries, and Equipments related to Railway History in Sri Lanka

Location – Kadugannawa

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Contact Detail – www.railway.gov.lk

National Highway Museum

Specialty – Former construction equipment such as stone road rollers, steam road rollers, oil road rollers, tar boilers, coal scales, road signs

Location – Kiribathkumbura

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Contact Detail – Face Book page

National Railway Museum, Colombo

Specialty – Former construction equipment such as stone road rollers, steam road rollers, oil road rollers, tar boilers, coal scales, road signs

Location – Olcott Mawatha, Colombo 1

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Contact Detail –  – 0094 112 421 281


Currency and Economic Museums

Money and Banking Museum

Specialty – Currency and coins in Sri Lanka (Current and Historic) Open air balcony with 360 degrees view in Colombo

Location – BOC Square, Colombo

Opening Dates – Special prior approval has to be taken before visits (Maximum 50 pax a tour)

Opening Hours – Special prior approval has to be taken before visits (Maximum 50 pax a tour)

Contact Detail – web.boc.lk – 0094 112 205 350

Economic History Museum

Specialty – Sri Lanka’s rich and diverse economic journey, Coins from kingdom eras

Location – Chatham Street, Colombo

Opening Dates – Open from Monday to Friday except Public and Bank holidays)

Opening Hours – 9.00am to 4.15pm

Contact Detail – cbsl.gov.lk – 0094 114 387 405


Special/ Uncategorised Museums

National Park Museums

Specialty –  These small museums exhibits the flora and fauna related to the National Park and the region.

Location – Most of the National Parks have their own museums

Opening Dates – Open on all 365 days

Opening Hours – 6.00am to 6.00pm

Contact Detail – www.dwc.gov.lk – 0094 112 888 585

Guruge Nature Park Museum

Specialty – Consists a Sri Lankan Traditional village model, Sculptures represent the history of Sri Lanka and many more religious and historical sculptures apart from the amusement rides

Location – Kandana – Ganemulla Road, Ja-Ela

Opening Dates – Open everyday

Opening Hours – 9.00am to 6.00pm

Contact Detail – gurugepark.com – 0094 112 247 697

Vintage Car Museum

Specialty – Amazing unique car collection of vintage automobiles

Location – Kithulgala

Opening Dates – Prior arrangements has to be done

Opening Hours – Prior arrangements has to be done

Contact Detail – www.trioresorts.com – 0094 778 084 820

Ceylon Tea Museum

Specialty – Very old tools and Machines which used to make Tea in the colonial era.

Location – Hantana, Kandy

Opening Dates – Closed on Mondays & Poya day falling weekdays

Opening Hours – Tuesday to Saturday from 8.30am to 13.45pm and Sunday from 8.30am to 13.00pm

Contact Detail – www.ceylonteamuseum.com – 0094 814 946 737

Community Tsunami Education Center & Museum

Specialty – Memories of the 2004 Tsunami which was effected Asia and the an effort to educate the community

Location – Galle Road, Hikkaduwa

Opening Dates – All 365 days

Opening Hours – From 8.00am to 8.00pm

Contact Detail – Face Book Page – 0094 777 316 664

National Telecommunication Museum

Specialty – Collection of communications items and about the Sri Lanka’s telecommunications industry

Location – Meepe, Padukka

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Contact Details – www.slt.lk – 0094 112 859 666

Cricket Museum

Specialty – Trophies and all the items reflects proud Sri Lankan cricket history

Location – 35 Maitland Pl, Colombo 7

Opening Dates – Open only Monday to Saturday except public and government holidays

Opening Hours – From 10.00am to 4.00pm

Contact Details – Face Book Page – 0094 112 681 601 – 4

Computer Museum, University of Colombo

Specialty – Commemoration of 100 years of the establishment of the faculties of science and arts of the UoC

Location – UCSC Building Complex, 35 ,Reid Avenue, Colombo 7

Opening Dates – Special Vitual Tour

Opening Hours – From 10.00am to 4.00pm

Contact Details – emuseum.ucsc.cmb.ac.lk – 0094 112 581 245 – 7


Let’s Explore Sri Lanka!!!

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Do You Boast About Tourism Development? | Care to Support?

From natural disasters, terrorist attacks, economic wars to pandemic biological disasters; the tourism industry has suffered enough of the negative impacts over the centuries. Still what we are struggling to describe is the movement of people for a reason, which was practiced well over even during the Egyptians who had tour guide services or hosting a river cruise dinner couple of thousands of years ago. 

The 21st century was not limited to none other than the economic aspects when travelling.

1.5 billion tourist has travelled the surface of the earth in 2019, where they have contributed 2.893billon USD just because they are travelling which was boosted after the Wright Brothers invention. 

Traveling is Everything

In the modern day with the wealth that the world community willing to spend and contribute, can support in many ways from changing the poverty and to uplift the sustainability of the world. To balance off the current world requirement , there is always a price tag. However, being the conscious traveler why not support the local tourism which will enhance the global tourism with its local ambassadors in this much needed time? 

Let’s see what you can really do to uplift the local tourism.

Plan local

There can be astonishing destinations within the country that you are craving to travel by simply triggered by some Instagram pics. You might have a real urgency to tick off international destinations, but are you sure that you can do it right now? 

Well, explore the local destinations which will amaze you and will keep your satisfaction alive. This will definitely tick off your bucket list of local destinations which will help to circulate money within the local community too. 

Travel Local

Who does not like a comfy ride? From a limousine to average car would fulfil the need of a traveller to get to a destination. Support the local providers: tuk tuks, rickshaws to canoes and boats will give you life time experience while contributing to the individual local operators. Do not miss the Sri Lanka unique train experience by any cost.

Choose your travelling mode carefully while your travelling locally. It could be the cheapest way too.

Buy local

Despite you’re a Business, Solo, Family, bag backer or a corporate traveler you will be asked or directed to certain entities to purchase your requirements. True enough, what they are trying to show you the best option. 

But, thinking in a global scale, sustainability has its own definitions. One would be supporting the local community. 

By buying local goods such as local vegetables, local fruits and herbs might bring you the best taste of local delicacies ever. Local vendors prices can be tricky but most of the time it can be less than the super markets that you visit. Try to purchase local if you are a responsible traveler who look forward to support the local tourism.

Here is list for you, if your thinking what to buy local.

  • Vegetables and fruits
  • Spices and Herbs
  • Meat and Fish
  • Locally produced Clothes (Handmade most of the time)
  • Locally produced Accessories (Avoid exotic or animal products)
  • Hand Crafts (Represents and unique to its native culture)
  • Paintings
  • Jewellery and Gems

Taste local

You might not find the best steak house with your favorite wine when you travel overseas. Unless your that high spender seeking the specific and expensive experience, try out the local cuisines. Every continent has its unique flavor in the food, the question is how ready are you to try the best (literary) authentic flavors of the world?

Do not hesitate to select a local restaurant, food outlet to try the local delicacies. You know what?, you are supporting the local vendors and the tourism during your stay. Spending your money in a local eat house while having the great local experience will support the local operators to breath in this crucial time.

The True Local Cuisines

Stay Local 

Have you saved a lot money for your next trip? Do you want to post your dollary moment in your Instagram? Yes you can. But, the world now a days has converted to the means of sustainability. Staying local can be another way that you can support the global cause. From Airbnb to any given platform, there will be local accommodation to suite your satisfaction. 

The global economic has disturbed the economy from the rich to poor. So when your travelling why not you support the local tourism while grabbing the best for what you spend? Well, your Instagram won’t be idle with the breath taking and secret sights that you experience around your private local accommodation.

Local Hideouts Can Be So Homely and Comfortable

Live Local and Talk About It

Adopting to the local culture can bring you lot of benefits while travelling. Specially in Sri Lanka, the local community is willing to share their culture with the visitors which has been there form the beginning of the race. Try living one of the different cultures which is not familiar to you to understand the world in a different way. You are supporting the local tourism and the culture by experiencing and sharing your experience when you travel back to your region and boast about it. By the awareness that you create of the local community’s will bring back more wealth and treasure to the locals that you cannot hardly imagine.

Voluntourism

It has many dimensions and justifications. Some might do it to uplift their community engagement to retain the reputation or to reflect the worthiness of the crown from the recent pageant. But as a responsible traveller their are ways that you can support the local tourism and the community. When the passion of a volunteer mixed while travelling can initiate great causes which will help the local tourism.

Contribute

Contributing cash might sounds like absurd while travelling as you have allocated your budget to the last dollar. Some part of the worlds or locally, contribution is a common thing. It might come in as like tipping or just donating. Any way be careful about the scammers and rippers.

How ever the community who deserves your support will be there always. Not to forget, they also have gone through the rough times that you had gone through, a little support to the deserved wouldn’t cost much. Most of the times they stand with you to make your trip a valuable one.


Even if you don’t realise, you are in the great cycle of the travel and tourism industry. Your small amount of disposable cash can make difference to an immersing or an effected tourism community.

Plan, Travel, Buy, Taste, Stay and Live Local when you travel.

by SLtourismpolls – Your Daily Dose of Tourism!!!

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