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Weera Puran Appu Museum

The museum is housed in the “Weera Puran Appu Vidyalaya”, located on the New Galle Road in the Moratuwa region. The museum exhibits different items related to the life of “Weera Puran Appu”. “Weera Puran Appu” is considered as a hero, who fought against the British rule in order to protest against injustice and unfair levy of taxes. In this process, he sacrificed his life for his country. He was born in the year of 1812, on 7th of November, and was originally called Weera Hennedige Francisco Fernando. He was executed by the British on Kandy, on 8th of August, 1848. British rulers started levying unfair taxes, which were not justifiable For example license fees were imposed on those, who kept guns, carts, or dogs on the plantation roads. These kinds of offensive taxation built the momentum for the mass movement, and the same was led by Weera Puran Appu. The then Governor, Governor Torrington was forced to declare Martial Law on 29th July 1848 as a result of this mass movement.S soon after this “Weera Puran Appu” was arrested, and then executed on 8th of August.

Bandaranaike Museum

The museum is housed in “Bandaranaike Memorial Intentional Conference Hall”, located in the region of Mawatha in Colombo. The museum exhibits multiple objects based on the life of the late Prime Minister, “S.W.R.D Bandaranaike”. This includes photographs and documents. Moreover, visitors also have the option to listen to some of his recorded speeches. The museum is open from 9 in the morning to 4 in the evening, except on Mondays, and other full moon days. Visitors need to keep this mind so that they can visit and experience the museum. In case one requires a special type of arrangements, they can contact the curator of Bandaranaike museum on the following number.

011 2691139

Archaeological Museums

There are a number of Archaeological Site museums in the ancient cities of Sri Lanka. This includes Isurumuiya, Anuradhapura, Mihintale, Jaffna, Vehergala, Kandy, Sigiriya, Yapahuwa, Dedigama, Panduwasnuwara, Deegavapiya, Kotte, and Kataragama. These museums have been constructed by the archaeological department. The entry to the museums is absolutely free, however, one has to pay a nominal fee for photography as per the instruction of the Department of Archeology. Also, certain monuments which are under the archeological department can be photographed only after obtaining necessary permits. These museums remained open from 8 in the morning to 5 in the evening, except Tuesday. However, some of them are closed on public holidays.

Art Galleries

If one wants to view some conservative as well as traditional artwork, then a visit to the art gallery located at “Dr. Ananda Coomaraswamy Mawatha” in Colombo 7 is definitely recommended. In order to view some contemporary painting works, a visit to “The Lionel Wendt Art Gallery” will be definitely required. This gallery is located at Guildford crescent, at Colombo 7. Another place, where the representation of contemporary art could be seen is “Alliance Francaise de Colombo”, which is also located at Colombo 7. Similarly “Sapumal Foundation Gallery “located at 32/4 Barnes palace in Colombo 7, is another place to experience contemporary artworks.

National Museum Colombo

This was the first public museum of Sri Lanka located in “Sir Marcus Fernando Mawatha”, at Colombo 7. The museum could be described as a storehouse which exhibits some exclusive artifacts, along with the antiques that reflect the culture of Sri Lanka. On the first floor of this museum, a puppetry center along with a children museum could be found. The museum also has a library, where more than 500,000 books are kept. The museum also has ancient manuscripts, which are written on palm leaves. This is the largest museum of Sri Lanka, which secures the national treasures and exhibit them to the visitors. The museum has been built in the Italian style, which consists of two magnificent buildings. This museum has been one of the popular venues for screening films, and holding seminars that showcases history & the culture of Sri Lanka. The museum is opened on all the days from 9 in the morning to 5 in the evening.

National Museum of Natural History

This museum is located in the premises of cultural museum, which can be easily accessed from Anand Coomaraswamy Mawatha, located in Colombo 7. If one has to learn about the “natural heritage” of Sri Lanka, then this is the ideal place to be. With the help of the dioramas, one visualizes the fauna that consists of the birds and mammals. Some of the areas, which is dealt by this museum is a natural environment, applied botany, fossils, and geology. However, the best is the discovery room, which displays the mounted elephant skeleton, and the scale model depicting the topography of Sri Lanka. People who have some interest in Entomology can visit the entomology division maintained by “Department of national museums”. It has around 95000 dry specimens and 5000 wet specimens. The dry specimens are mounted in the storage cabinets, while the wet ones are kept in alcohol.

The Dutch period museum

This is the Old Dutch house located on the prince street, in the Pettah region of Colombo 11. This museum was built late 17th century, and was the residence of “Count August Carl Van Ranzow”. Today the street side of this museum is congested with boutiques, stores and another form of outlets. The building was restored in 1981, and after that, it was open to the public in 1982. The influence of Dutch architecture could be seen in this building, with the presence of the Dutch legacy. Some of the important artifacts are displayed in the museum, which demonstrates the life and culture of the Dutch people. These artifacts include coins, ceramics, furniture, and arms.

The National Maritime Museum, Galle

The museum is located in the “Fort of Galle”, housed inside the Dutch warehouse. The pillars are the distinct feature of these museum. The museum showcases both, flora and fauna, from the sea and its associated environment. The museum was established in the year of 1992. The museum displays the scale model of many fishes, specifically whales. Most of the sea life is covered in this museum. In order bring in more details, fishing methods are mentioned in diorama format. One can also learn about the underwater archaeology, in this museum. Also the mesmerizing view of, seagrass beds, coral beds, and deep sea fish, with the help of “walk into the sea”. Another section educates the visitors on sea pollution and coast erosions. The museum is open on all the day, from 9 in the morning to 5 in the evening. The fishing vessels used by the fishermen of Sri Lanka, could also be seen inside the museum. This includes Hambantota, Chillaw, and Oruva. A Duch Staaten yacht was recently added to this museum.