1. National Museum , Colombo (Closed on Fridays)
Situated in Sir Marcus Fernando Mawatha, Colombo 7. It is the first public museum to be established in Sri Lanka (1877). Best known for its collection of antiques and objects displaying the cultural heritage of Sri Lanka , including national treasures and artefacts from all parts of the island. A section of the first floor houses the Puppetry and Children's Museum. It also houses a library with a collection of about 500,000 books, and more than 4,000 ancient palm leaf manuscripts.
(Tel : +94 112 697467-8) http://www.museum.gov.lk
2. National Museum Of Natural History (Closed on Fridays)
Situated in the same premise as the national museum, it is also accessible from Ananda Coomaraswamy Mawatha, Colombo 7. Displays the Natural Heritage of Sri Lanka . Fauna are displayed in dioramas, and there are sections on applied botany, geology and fossils and the natural environment. In the Discovery Room one finds the mounted skeleton of an elephant and a scale model in relief showing the topography of a part of Sri Lanka .
(Tel: +94 112 694767-8)