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Colombo National Museum Tours and Activities

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Founded in 1877, the Colombo National Museum in central Colombo chronicles the history and cultural heritage of Sri Lanka. Also called the Sri Lankan National Museum, the institution occupies a 19th-century Italianate-style building and attracts visitors eager to view its wide collection of treasures.

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Sir Marcus Fernando Mawatha, Colombo, Sri Lanka, 00700
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Colombo City Tour by War Jeep

Colombo City Tour by War Jeep

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Cruise through Colombo in an open-top vintage Jeep or Land Rover that lets you sunbathe and see your surroundings as you tour the city with a maximum of four passengers. Travel above the traffic and learn about Colombo’s key attractions like the National Museum, Colombo Town Hall, and more from your private guide.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$93.87
Price varies by group size
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$93.87
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Rediscover Colombo

Rediscover Colombo

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Rediscover-Colombo is a personalized city experience through the old city of Colombo, an unforgettable experience with your host as you drive & walk through the picturesque streets of Colombo and the mayhem of Pettah. It has been over 9 years now, since Chan, the boy behind Rediscover-Colombo, started to share his experience and knowledge enabling guests to spend a day or an evening in beautiful colonial Colombo. Continuous research goes into the areas you will visit and we truly believe that we learn something new every day. When contacting us via phone or email, you will either speak with Chan or his partner Nish as we are a company that feel personalization is key, hence we have just three others Lakshan, Ishan & Ruvini who work with us.
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  • 1 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$64.00
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$64.00

Private Half-Day Colombo City Tour

Private Half-Day Colombo City Tour

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This is the ideal choice for first-time visitors looking to cover Colombo’s main attractions in under a day. Save time planning an itinerary and bartering with cabs; and relax as a driver-guide and private air-conditioned vehicle take you around the signature sights. Admire the Independence Memorial Hall and Beira Lake Seema Malakaya Temple; see worshippers at the Gangaramaya Temple, and learn about Colombo’s history and culture from your guide’s commentary.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$80.00
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$80.00
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Shore Excursion from Port Terminal : Colombo City Famous Landmarks

Shore Excursion from Port Terminal : Colombo City Famous Landmarks

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Go on a comfortable and in-depth exploration of Colombo from your cruise ship on this shore excursion tour. Depart from the port in an air-conditioned vehicle with a driver and learn about the history of the city. Spot many of the city’s highlights, including the National Museum, Old Parliament, Independence Memorial Arcade, Beire Lake, and more.
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  • 4 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$30.67
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$30.67
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Colombo Shore Excursion: City Sightseeing Tour

Colombo Shore Excursion: City Sightseeing Tour

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When your cruise calls at Colombo, avoid the hassles of exploring Sri Lanka’s capital independently by booking this private tour. See all Colombo’s highlights, including the Seema Malaka Buddhist temple and Old Parliament; take photos of the Old Lighthouse Clock Tower and Independence Square; dive into Pettah’s street markets, and more—all with a guide to handle logistics and shed light on the city’s history and culture. Includes port pickup and drop-off and air-conditioned transport.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$56.00
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$56.00
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Culture and Heritage (9 Days)

Culture and Heritage (9 Days)

(SKU: LK109A0011) Visit the Rock Fortress of Sigiriya and discover its marvels. Explore the Golden Temple of Dambulla long with its five main caves dedicated to Buddha and Buddhism. See the many pagodas, monasteries and palatial buildings of Polonnaruwa. Visit the highlands of Kandy, the place of the last majestic Kingdom of Sri Lanka. Walk through the streets of Nuwara Eliya with its picturesque colonial architecture and plenty of holiday activities to do. Long relaxing beach stay in Hikkaduwa where the golden sand, bright blue sea and swaying palms bask in the sunlight.
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  • 9 days
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$312.00
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$312.00
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Shore Excursion Colombo City Tour Highlights

Shore Excursion Colombo City Tour Highlights

Exploring Colombo independently and the risk of getting lost or delayed. Make things easy with a private shore excursion that whisks you around the sights smoothly and comfortably. Travel by private vehicle, visit top sights such as the Seema Malakaya Temple, shop for souvenirs at handicrafts emporiums and hear tales of local life from your driver that you'd miss if alone. • Explore Colombo with ease on a private shore excursion from the cruise port or your hotel in Colombo • Forget cabs or buses,sightseeing stress-free by private air-conditioned car • See the sights, shop at markets, and hear about local life and history
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$45.00
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$45.00
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Colombo City Tour with Holiday Walkers Sri Lanka

Colombo City Tour with Holiday Walkers Sri Lanka

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Colombo like many capital cities in developing countries is fast changing its face. The journey of your tour will be Highlights of Colombo. Explore Colombo City.
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  • 3 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$70.20
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$70.20
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4-Hours Colombo City Tour

4-Hours Colombo City Tour

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Colombo—once called the "garden city of the East"—has a lot to offer: resort-like beaches, colonial architecture, national history museums, and Buddhist temples. It can be a challenge to pack it in eve on one trip, but this private tour gives a great introduction to the city in about half a day, taking you to see the city’s top sights and unconventional attractions to discover how locals live.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$30.00
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$30.00
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Private Colombo City Tour with Traditional Srilankan Lunch

Private Colombo City Tour with Traditional Srilankan Lunch

Explore the city of Colombo in the comfort of an air-conditioned car or van on this private tour. Depart from your hotel and visit many of the city’s highlights, including the National Museum, Old Parliament, Independence Square, the Dutch Hospital Shopping Precinct, and more. Enjoy a traditional Sri Lankan lunch.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$44.00
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$44.00
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Colombo City Tour from Colombo Port

Colombo City Tour from Colombo Port

Discover the most beautiful places of Colombo and the countless sights of the largest trading center of Sri Lanka. Within the city limits of Colombo and the administrative capital you will get to know the city better and learn more about the history, the culture and the different places and sights. Visit the Colombo Lighthouse, the prison cell of the last Sri Lankan king, and the Lighthouse with the Clock Tower designed by Lady Ward. See also the Galle Face Promenade, with cannons from the Second World War, the southern extension of the port of Colombo, York Street, with remains of British colonial architecture and the Slave Island.
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  • 6 to 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$108.00
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$108.00
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Shore Excursion Colombo Port Terminal To Colombo City Tour Highlights

Shore Excursion Colombo Port Terminal To Colombo City Tour Highlights

When your ship docks in Colombo's port, explore the city on a full-day comprehensive tour. After convenient pickup right at the cruise port, set out for the city to see all the highlights and landmarks in just a single day. This tour is perfect for those cruise passengers short on time, and the carefully crafted itinerary makes sure you don't miss a thing. Between sightseeing and listening to guided commentary, you'll stop for an included lunch to keep you energized.
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  • 4 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$44.00
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$44.00
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Explore, Relax & Rejuvenate (12 Days)

Explore, Relax & Rejuvenate (12 Days)

(SKU: LK10110300) 12 Days of Discovery with just the right amount of adventure and relaxation. This tour of Paradise Island will take you from Sri Lanka’s ancient kingdoms and architectural wonders to cold, scenic evergreen mountain ranges.
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  • 12 days
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$384.00
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$384.00
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7 Days Private Tour with English Speaking Guide - Explore Sri Lanka

7 Days Private Tour with English Speaking Guide - Explore Sri Lanka

Get a completely customized tour of Sri Lanka on this 7-day private excursion with a dedicated guide. Step aboard a private, air-conditioned vehicle to explore the country at your own pace, stopping at sites that interest you. Enjoy personalized attention and plenty of time to ask questions.
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  • 7 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$299.00
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$299.00
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4Night 5Days Sri Lanka

4Night 5Days Sri Lanka

Witness the amazing tourist spots of Sri Lanka. It is advantageously situated between West Asia and South East Asia has been a significant stop on the silk route. To express the richness, beauty and the intensity of affection. Today, visitors are welcomed to Sri Lanka to experience the nation’s glittering tapestry of culture, and the rich abundance of nature, so handsomely bestowed, and to give credence to the old adage that good things come in small packages. Its landscape orientation especially the Warm Sun kissed Beaches creates mix of opportunities which lead to the final holiday destination. It is a most demanding country for lovers of nature and wild life because tourism offers safaris, Treks, Nature walks and Camping that could be a marvelous experience for them. The entire island is swarming with birds and animals. And the animals like elephants and leopards are not scarce. This colorful collection act as an indicator of its richness.
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  • 5 days
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$191.00
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$191.00
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Private Colombo City Tour

Private Colombo City Tour

Sightseeing in Colombo can be stressful if you’re using cabs or the often-crowded buses. Check out the city’s attractions in one smooth, easy trip on this private tour, with a guide to fill you in on the sights. Traveling by private air-conditioned vehicle, visit Seema Malaka, the Dutch Hospital Shopping Precinct, and more; and tailor the duration and itinerary to suit your personal wishes. Central hotel pickup and drop-off are included for convenience.
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  • 4 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$21.34
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$21.34
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Colombo City Tour

Colombo City Tour

Colombo is the largest city and commercial capital of Sri Lanka. This is the financial center of the Sri Lanka and a popular tourist destination. Colombo is located on the country’s west coast and with a population of between 800,000 and one million (estimates vary) is by far the country’s biggest city, as well as the most developed city. Colombo is a busy and vibrant place with a mixture of modern life and colonial buildings, ruins and sprawling street markets which overflow with high-piled fruit and vegetables, colourful silks and cottons, and deliciously fragrant spices. There is a lively nightlife at a number of International standard hotels, clubs, pubs and dining venues while it is limited mainly to the high end customer. During the day, Colombo’s colourful street markets, colonial-era buildings, museums and galleries, churches, mosques and temples, and the lovely Viharamahadevi Park with it beautiful trees, makes it a great place to explore.
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  • 4 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$40.00
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$40.00

Sri Lanka Tour package with Driver and Accommodation 9 Days

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Sri Lanka Tour package with Driver and Accommodation 9 Days

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During this Round Tour, we will be sight-seeing areas in the following destinations: to The guests, we will be provided with good quality, air-conditioned, comfortable vehicles with a driver-guide to help with your tour and free wi-fi. All vehicles will have baby seats available if needed. We provide hotel accommodations for 8 nights in good quality hotels varying from Economy / Budget hotels to Standard Hotels to Luxury Hotels. The charges will change depending on your selection
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  • 9 days
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$459.00
$510.00
$51.00 savings
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$510.00
$51.00 savings
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3Night 4Days Sri Lanka Experience

3Night 4Days Sri Lanka Experience

Witness the amazing tourist spots of Sri Lanka, in this tour you can experience 2 beautiful cities in two days, while traveling you can explore such things as below - Visiting the temple of the tooth produce the leaf is a magnet for tea lovers and anyone who is interested in the colonial history of Sri Lanka or enjoys stunning landscape views. - Traveling via the coolest place in Sri Lanka – Nuwara Eliya, Viewing the
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  • 4 days
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$160.00
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$160.00
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Heritage and Beach (14 Days)

Heritage and Beach (14 Days)

(SKU: LK10EB4011) Witness the marvels of the Pearl of the Indian Ocean in all their splendour. Wander the plains and hills of central Sri Lanka. Learn about the tales and stories behind the rich history of Sri Lanka’s cultural triangle.
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  • 14 days
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$845.00
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Colombo City Tour By Motor Bike

Colombo City Tour By Motor Bike

To embrace the local life and explore the dynamic city filled with local restaurants, colonial architectures, busy bazaars, shopping venues, street food and surprising history of some of the land marks and temples. Discover a city with a great mixture of modern life and architecture. Experience the must-sees that many visitors miss!
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$19.49
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$19.49

Southern Coast Highlights from Galle

Southern Coast Highlights from Galle

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Get to know Colombo, Sri Lanka’s vibrant capital, on a private 6-hour tour. Traveling between the sights by air-conditioned vehicle with your own chauffeur-guide, make the most of a customizable itinerary, tailoring your sightseeing around your personal preferences. Visit top Colombo attractions such as the National Museum (own expense), soak up the Indian Ocean views along Galle Face, dive into bustling Pettah Market, admire the Gangarama Temple (own expense) and more. As you explore, ask your guide for insider tips on tucked-away attractions, including great shops and restaurants often missed by visitors.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$44.81
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Fabulous 6 Days in Sri Lanka by Mahaweli from Colombo

Fabulous 6 Days in Sri Lanka by Mahaweli from Colombo

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Even if you are traveling alone, as a couple, family or with a set of friends, there are certain important things you should cover in Sri Lanka. We have included all the key sites / places and pack them to cover within a period of 06 days time. We have made it carefully by adding nature and wild life, history, religious places, culture and traditions, local industries, life style of Sri Lankan, amazing beaches and some unique experiences. Also not forgetting the shopping, foods and some nigh life too. Will be an ideal option for travelers who want to experience everything within a short period of time.
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  • 6 days
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$430.00
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$430.00
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Photography Tour of Sri Lanka (5 Days)

Photography Tour of Sri Lanka (5 Days)

(SKU: LK105DB011) Explore the Island of paradise and walk among the plains of the Central Highlands. Visit the Last Kingdom of Sri Lanka, Kandy and witness the local culture which prevailed throughout the centuries. Have the privilege to walk in the Golden Beaches of Bentota and explore the Old Colonial City of Sri Lanka.
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  • 5 days
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$60.00
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$60.00
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Colombo National Museum can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund. See all 162 Colombo National Museum tickets and tours on Viator.
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How much does it cost to visit Colombo National Museum 2021?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Colombo National Museum costs USD 19.49. Guided Colombo National Museum tours start around USD 19.49 per person. See all 162 Colombo National Museum tickets and tours on Viator.
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