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National Railway Museum

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Train museum

It is worth stopping at the National Railway Museum if driving through Kadugannawa. There are a... read more

Reviewed 7 October 2018
Reigate, United Kingdom
Old memories

It's worth to visit there if you have some free time on the way to Kandy or Colombo. Better for... read more

Reviewed 22 September 2018
Colombo, Sri Lanka
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A must visit place for every railway fan as well as anyone interested in history. Houses exhibits ranging from gas lamps, tablet machines and tools to steam and diesel locomotives and coaches. Has a friendly staff providing a guided tour with a video display inside...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank kasun1992eka
Reviewed 7 October 2018

It is worth stopping at the National Railway Museum if driving through Kadugannawa. There are a number of old engines and carriages easily visible from the road if the museum itself is closed.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank hdias
Reviewed 22 September 2018 via mobile

It's worth to visit there if you have some free time on the way to Kandy or Colombo. Better for School children

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank MikeJuliya
Reviewed 10 September 2018

The exhibits outside the Museum were interesting. Were not able to see the museum inside as it was closed. The exhibits outside were really interesting. The museum is adjacent to the railway station. The museum is on the road from Colombo to Kandy.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank StevenP3423
Reviewed 28 August 2018

kids enjoyed the history of Sri Lankan railway system, easy off road parking,toilets and other facilities near by

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Sam D
Reviewed 23 July 2018

The small museum consists of a few locomotives and compartments but the collection inside the buildings are really important for a person to learn about Sri Lankan railways and old Tablet system. The staff is friendly and are always willing to assist people who seek...More

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Don A
Reviewed 3 May 2018

Your ticket for the venue will also be a railway ticket (the card). We were asked if we would like a guided tour and of course we said yes. The guide was not too keen but he did cover all items in the main room....More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank gold-kitty
Reviewed 10 January 2018

Good collection of railway-related items and actual train engines. Poor maintenance of premises and lack of a guide for those who are unfamiliar with the exhibits is a drawback. There is a restored railway carriage at the very end where a documentary on the Sri...More

Date of experience: February 2017
Thank ShyamaliRanaraja
Reviewed 3 December 2017

The National Rail Museum had already closed by the time I had arrived into Kadugannawa which was a shame as I would have liked to have spent some time in the museum. There are locomotives, carriages and rail cars located outside but within the museum...More

Date of experience: November 2017
2  Thank paullegate
Reviewed 10 July 2017 via mobile

Unfortunately, museum itself was closed when we got there past 4 but we could take some photos from outside and actually climbed up open engines. Security was not strict because of rain perhaps. It is very impressive display and hope to go back again when...More

Date of experience: July 2017
1  Thank MommyandmeColombo
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