Sri Lanka revealed—our museums provide a glimpse of past and present, events big and small


Sri Lanka is replete with history—thousands of years of it—and not a little mystery. And the keys to unlocking some of that mystery can be found in our museums.

And not just the National Museum, one of our capital city’s biggest—and oldest—landmarks, and which, as roarLIFE points out, “should be visited at least once in a lifetime”.

“Right now, the halls within the museum house items like statues, coins, weapons, and other artefacts dating back to the pre-colonial days of the Sinhalese kingdoms and the eras of the Portuguese, the Dutch, and the British.”


But it’s not the only place where our heritage and the artifacts of the past are on public display. There are many smaller museums in and around Sri Lanka’s capital city Colombo.

They say that money makes the world go around, and The Central Bank Currency Museum has currencies that date back to the 3rd century BC—coins from the Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa kingdoms, notes from the British colonial era and commemorative coins.

The Colombo Maritime Museum entrance is flanked by old-fashioned canons, and displays interesting sculptures, artefacts, models, paintings, maps and photographs which relate the maritime history of our island.


But perhaps the most significant in historical terms are The Independence Memorial Museum—the name speaks for itself—and The Bandaranaike Museum, named after former Premier S.W.R.D Bandaranaike.

The Independence Museum features busts of the 27 people who dedicated their lives towards the Independence struggle, including D.S. Senanayake, the country’s revered first premier.

The Bandaranaike houses multiple photographs, newspaper clippings, films and audio cassettes that tell the story of the Bandaranaike’s rise to power in the country’s political sphere.

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