National Art Gallery
The grandest thing about the National Art Gallery is its name. Next to the National Museum, it has a small collection of portraits and...
Kala Pola Art Market
Colombo’s biggest park was originally called Victoria Park but was renamed in the 1950s after the mother of King Dutugemunu. It’s...
Nelum Pokuna Mahinda Rajapaksa Theatre
This glossy venue built largely with Chinese aid is located in a high-profile spot south of Viharamahadevi Park. Its stunning design is...
The menu here is a mix of Asian and Western dishes, with items such as Japanese tempura and pastas. For a local treat, try the Sri...
Albert Cres · interesting places nearby
National Museum information
A large 9th-century stone Buddha greets you with an enigmatic smile as you enter Sri Lanka’s premier cultural institution. In galleries dating back as far as 1877, you’ll encounter all manner of art, carvings and statuary from Sri Lanka’s ancient past, as well as swords, guns and other paraphernalia from the colonial period. There are fascinating 19th-century reproductions of English paintings of Sri Lanka, and an excellent collection of antique demon masks.
Look for the magnificent royal throne made for King Wimaladharma in 1693, as well as the 9th-century bronze Bodhisattva Sandals. The grounds are shaded by magnificent banyan trees.