Travellanka October 2017

121 Museums | Dutch Period Museum, Pettah, Colombo Situated at No. 95, Prince Street, Pettah. The building housing themuseumdates back to the 17th century and has been restored with the assistance from Netherlands. The displays depict the political,socialandeconomicconditions inthemaritimeprovinces of the Island under the Dutch rule and it gives an idea of the culture of the Kandyan Kingdom during this period. Tel: 2448466 (Closed on Sunday & Monday) Jayawardane Cultural Centre Archives and Library situated at 191, Dharmapala Mawatha, Colombo 07, houses many valuable books inherited as “family treasure” by late President J. R. Jayawardane and priceless gifts received by him from many Heads of State during his distinguished career. Kandy National Museum This museum is housed in the old palace devoted to queens. It is located behind the Temple of the Tooth Relic. Collections are all of Kandyan period (17th – 19th centuries) and include jewellery, textiles and clothes, arms and weapons, ritual objects, ivory carvings, pottery. Open from 9.00am-4.30pm Tel: 081 2223867 (Closed on Sunday, Monday & Public Holidays) National Buddhist Museum Kandy Established in the premises of Dalada Maligawa it provides the opportunity to study Buddhism Worldwide. Contributions from 17Buddhistcountriesmadethisgrand lotus journey intoBuddhist culture possible Entrance fees Rs. 500. Tel: 0812236202 Ratnapura National Museum This museum is housed in the Ehelapola Walawwa situated on the Ratnapura – Colombo road. Of special interest is its collections of pre-historic objects and fossil of Rhinoceros, Hippopotamus and Elephant collected from the gem pits of Ratnapura District. Other exhibits include jewellery, textiles, flags, gems and semi-precious stones. Tel: 045 2222451 (Closed on Sunday, Monday, Public Holidays) Colombo National Museum Sir Marcus Fernando Mawatha, Colombo 07. Tel: 2694767-8. The oldest and largest Museum in the country, established 1877. Best known for collection of antiques and objects of art. The library of the museum has more than 4,000 palm leaf manuscripts. Among the exhibits are the regalia of the King of Kandy; ancient and medieval jewellery; rare collection of traditional masks; wood and ivory carvings; an exquisite collection of Buddhist and Hindu Bronzes, temple frescoes; ceramics objects including VOC plates of the Dutch period;antiquefurniture; lacqueredobjects; ornate brass, bronze and silver objects; stone sculpture and lithic inscriptions. The recently refurbished and revamped Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa Galleries are well worth a visit. For the visitor on a short tour, unable to visit the ancient cities of Sri Lanka, a visit to the Colombo Museum will give an idea of the history of the country and its people. Open from 9.00-5.00pm (Closed on Poya Day). Natural History Museum NaturalHistoryMuseumislocatedinthesame premises as the National Museum facing the Ananda Coomaraswamy Mawatha. Its display contains birds, mammals, reptiles, sea-mammals, insects, botanical and also gems and geological specimens of Sri Lanka. Open from9.00-5.00pm (Closed on Poya Days) Museums The Department of National Museums maintain ten Museums devoted to the study and display of objects of cultural artistic and scientific interest pertaining to Sri Lanka’s pre-history, archaeology, anthropology, zoology, entomology, geology and palaeontology. Museum publications are on sale at all National Museums. There are also other Museums dealing with specific subjects.