The Colombo National Museum was established in 1877 and is the largest museum in all of Sri Lanka. The displays in the museum show visitors the natural and cultural heritage of the country. The Museum is housed in two stories of a beautifully photogenic building. The exhibitions are organized chronologically on the ground floor and thematically on the second floor. The National Museum is open seven days a week but closed on public holidays like Full Moon Poya, Sinhala & Tamil New Year, Thai Pongal, Ramazan and Christmas.
The Independence Museum is in the basement underneath the Independence Memorial Hall. This small museum commemorates the soldiers and officers involved in the independence from British Rule. Situated inside the Independence Park the exhibition is not the only good thing about this museum. The gardens and sculptures around the memorial are quite nice to look at and photograph. The Independence Museum is open Monday to Saturday from 9 am to 5 pm, and closed on all public holidays.
Independence Museum 7 Independence Ave, Colombo, Sri Lanka +94 11 2 691825
This isn’t exactly a museum but it’s a house that can be visited. Number 11 on 33rd Lane was home to famous architect Geoffrey Bawa between 1960 and 1970. The house is now preserved as part of the Geoffrey Bawa Trust. Tours of the house can be taken with prior appointment Monday to Saturday at 10 am, 2 pm and 3:30 pm and on Sundays at 10 am. There are specific rules about visiting the house and it’s best to read up on them before going. You can get information on the Geoffrey Bawa Trust website.