Fodor's Expert Review Colombo National Museum
Also known as the Sri Lanka National Museum, this is the largest museum in the country. Established in the 1870s during the time of British rule, the palatial white building reflects the colonial architectural tastes of the day. Today it contains collections of royal regalia, including the throne and crown jewels of the kings of Kandy. Other exhibits tell the colorful history of ancient Sri Lanka. It's fascinating, if quaintly old fashioned—few new exhibits seem to have been added since it opened more than 130 years ago. Note that ticket sales stop one hour before closing.