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National Museum of Natural History


National Museum of Natural History which reflects the Natural heritage was established on 23 rd of September 1986. This museum is situated same premises of Colombo National Museum facing Ananda Coomaraswamy Mawatha, Colombo 07. Even though there is considerable number of museums in Sri Lanka, this is the only one representing solely the Natural Heritage. The special feature is that plants and Animal specimens which are endemic to Sri Lanka, rare and threatened with extinction are displayed in this museum. There is a large collection of specimens such as Mammals, Birds, Reptiles, Insects, Fish, Amphibians of various kinds of Plants and Geological   Rocks. Leopard of Punani can be introduced as a special specimens displayed in the Natural science Museum. This leopard which was caught at Punani in Batticaloa   District on 16 th August 1924 had killed about 13 people. The Skull of Megacerus giganteus (elk) which huge horns which is displayed at the Geological section of the museum is a specimens that creates curiosity among the visitors. This skull which belonged to an extinct species of stag was gifted by Lord Eniskilen in 1950.




Contact Details

Name : Ms. K.A. Nayana Darshani Perera
Designation : Museum Keeper
Address : National Museum of Natural History, Colombo 07
Tel. No. : 011- 2691399
Email : nmnh_dnm@yahoo.com






























Anuradhapura Folk Museum

Anuradhapura Folk Museum was established in 22nd August 1971 as a provincial Museum under the Department of National Museums. The aim of this museum is to collect, conserve and exhibit the cultural and religious objects used by the folk community in Nuwara-Kalaviya area.

In 12-13 A.D. the kingdom was shifted to the South-west because of the foreign invasions. Several families remained and they lived in a little hamlets surrounded by the thick forest. They were unable to communicate with the outer world and had to product all the things needed in their day- today life. The objects they used in daily life illustrate their traditional knowledge. Anuradhapura Folk Museum has a good collection of traditional objects used by the folk community in Nuwara Kalaviya.

Several live size models related to folk culture has been created in the museum premises.


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Name : Mrs. D.M.D.C. Dissanayaka
Designation : Education Promoting Officer
Address : Folk Museum, Old Town, Anuradhapura
Tel. No. : 0094 25 2234624



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Image Gallery : National Museum of Natural History