Explore Colombo – National Museum of Colombo

February 28, 2015

Hello there, I hope all has been going well, this week I’m going to show you around the National Museum of Colombo, after living here for all these years I thought it was about time I went, the building is being renovated at the moment and I’m looking forward to seeing when it is completed as I’m sure it will be beautiful.

Before we get there though, the morning started off with coffee and some graffiti…


A self portrait by Vajira Gunawardena, I love all the bright colours and it looks like he has lots of ideas springing out of his head!

Walking along, I was on the look out for triangles for my geometry research, but I kept coming across circles instead..


A brightly coloured post, from one of the new bus stops.


And this I saw outside on someone’s wall.


Hiding from the rain, I looked up and saw this lampshade!


I rather like this blue drain too…

On the way to the National Museum, I passed Nelum Pokuna, Colombo’s performance Theatre.

I love the crisscrossing of all the lines.


I didn’t realise it was surrounded by a pond! (well, it is a lotus flower after all…)


More circles for the day.


It’s so peaceful staring at rippling water…


The building hangs over the water,


So there’s a lovely ripply reflection of the building.


There must have been a fire practice going on as there was lots of fire hose’s laid out on the steps.


I love the tonal range of all the hose’s and the rippled lines reflect the building in the water.


Even though the sky was so grey, there was still lots of colour to be found on the ground!


Outside the museum I was treated to a lovely reflection of the colourful flags in the puddles too.


I like the repeat pattern on these Royal Coffers!


And the carving and almost Celtic cross appearance of the handle.


Now, I know this doesn’t look like much, but this really was the main attraction for me! A unique piece of history, in the early 1400’s when China set sail. They may or may not have gone as far as the Americas but for sure they came to Sri Lanka, a fascinating piece of history. Since reading the book 1421: The Year China Discovered America, I have wanted to look at this stone tablet. On Zheng He’s third voyage in 1409, he traveled to Sri Lanka and brought with him this trilingual stone, written in Chinese, Tamil and Persian.


You can just about make out the characters still.


Now I must say, there is not masses to see at the National Museum, and I will only go again when the renovation work is complete to look at the building, but it is worth going once, and I found all the carvings on the gravestones interesting.


I would love to know whose language this is, it’s very pretty.


I liked the style of the letters on this one, and I used the shape of the R for some design repeat pattern development.


Onto the wall paintings, I think this is a lovely lion.


The painted pillars had lovely repeat designs on them.


I wonder what animal this is?


and this two headed creature!?


Wandering back out, down this serene corridor, it will be really beautiful once the renovation is complete.

I hope you have enjoyed this day out with me.

Take care and see you next time,






  • Aksam Zarook

    April 3, 2017 at 04:47

    “I would love to know whose language this is, it’s very pretty.” That language is Arabic. The stone inscription your photo shows is a ancient Arabic inscription gravestone that was found near Mannar. Its about 1000 years old. I recently went and took some photos of these ancient Arab inscriptions. Will shortly be uploading them to srilankamuslims.org. Sad the Colombo museum doesn’t properly label the Arab inscriptions while all others are properly labeled.

    1. Rebecca

      April 4, 2017 at 22:21

      Hi Aksam, Thanks for sharing your knowledge with me, it’s so wonderful when you see history like this. I will keep an eye out for your photos when they are posted on srilankamuslims.org
      Take care, Rebecca

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