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NATIONAL MUSEUM

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The main National Museum of Sri Lanka, which has now branch museums in other towns, was established as Colombo Museum in 1877, opened by Sir William Henry Gregory, then British Governor of Ceylon, after a collection of the island's most important antiquities had been promoted by the famous Royal Asiatic Society. The design of the white colonial building is inspired by Italian classicism. For lovers of ancient Buddhist art, the Colombo Museum is a must-see, as one of Asia's greatest collections of statues stone carvings and findings of relic chambers. Furniture and woodwork from the Kandyan period, including the throne and garments of the last king, are collected in the final hall of the ground level exhibition rooms. The upper storey is dedicated to folk art.