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Cultural Venues (Self Guided), Colombo

The cultural life of Colombo is developed and maintained by a large number of venues such as museums, theatres, galleries, temples and exhibition centres. According to your tastes and wishes you can choose between watching a movie or a play, going to a live concert or to a contemporary exhibition, or learning about the history and culture of the city. This tour will guide you through the spots that worth seeing.
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Cultural Venues Map

Guide Name: Cultural Venues
Guide Location: Sri Lanka » Colombo (See other walking tours in Colombo)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.0 Km or 2.5 Miles
Author: Linda
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Barefoot Art Gallery
  • Paradise Road Gallery Café
  • British Council
  • Navarangahala Hall
  • The Lionel Wendt Memorial Art Center
  • The National Museum of Colombo
  • National Art Gallery
  • The Sapumal Foundation
Barefoot Art Gallery

1) Barefoot Art Gallery

Barefoot Art Gallery is one of the most interesting places in the country; its purpose is to cultivate the aesthetic sense and to present the best artworks, performances and shows. From 1967 to 1971 it was known as The Colombo Gallery; it then reopened in 1991 as Gallery 706 Colombo, and only in 1999, received the name it has today. Regular exhibitions of local and foreign artists and photographs take place here, as well as concerts and movies. It has also a cafe where one can enjoy a private dinner or a joyful party.
Paradise Road Gallery Café

2) Paradise Road Gallery Café

Paradise Road Gallery Café is one of those places that gives you the feeling of beauty, peace and amazes you every step of the way. The yard and the building are decorated with many interesting objects and flowers. When you enter this café you'll find the art gallery, which presents wonderful works of local and foreign artists, as well as a nice little art shop, where you have the possibility of buying surprisingly beautiful souvenirs or gifts.
British Council

3) British Council

British Council provides the people of Sri Lanka with a lot of opportunities to learn interesting facts about the British nation and about the culture of the United Kingdom. It organizes different cultural and art events such as exhibitions of paintings and sculptures, plays, dance and film watching, presented by contemporary artists.
Navarangahala Hall

4) Navarangahala Hall

The Navarangahala (New Theater) in Colombo is one of the main national theatres of Sri Lanka. Built between 1966 and 1969 as the Royal Primary School Hall it was specially designed for local drama and music which required open air type auditorium in accordance to Natya Shastra. Until its was built there were no purpose-built indoor theatres for the local arts, apart from the few open air amphitheatres. With the amalgamation of Royal Preparatory School with Royal College in December 1977 Navarangahala became part of Royal College.
Sight description based on wikipedia
The Lionel Wendt Memorial Art Center

5) The Lionel Wendt Memorial Art Center

The Lionel Wendt Memorial Art Center was established in 1953, dedicated to the most popular photographer of Sri Lanka, Lionel Wendt. The center spreads the sense of culture, art and beauty, offering a unique, multilateral experience. It houses an art gallery, presenting exhibitions of paintings and sculptures of contemporary artists, and also has a varied program with performances and shows.
The National Museum of Colombo

6) The National Museum of Colombo (must see)

The National Museum of Colombo opened its doors on January 1, 1877, when it was founded by the British Governor of Ceylon at that time, Sir William Henry Gregory. Its purpose is to present the historic and cultural development of the country, that was achieved thanks to the large amount of antiquities and specimens. The collection on the ground floors are arranged according to the historic changes and those on the upper floors are based on different themes; this fact helps the visitors to better understand and follow the sequence of events.
National Art Gallery

7) National Art Gallery (must see)

National Art Gallery is situated very close to National Museum of Colombo and offers a permanent collection, consisting mostly of portraits of important people and pioneers of the country. Very often the gallery hosts some temporary exhibitions of paintings and sculptures, presented by Sri Lankan's artists.
The Sapumal Foundation

8) The Sapumal Foundation

The Sapumal Foundation, established in 1974, is one of the few art galleries that preserved the best representation of Sri Lanka's culture and art traditions. Its collections reflect all the aspects and beauty of art heritage. The gallery is situated in the former house of a famous local artist, Harry Pieris, whose contribution to the development of arts in the region was considerable.

Walking Tours in Colombo, Sri Lanka

Create Your Own Walk in Colombo

Create Your Own Walk in Colombo

Creating your own self-guided walk in Colombo is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Religious Sights in Colombo, Part 1

Religious Sights in Colombo, Part 1

Religious life in Colombo was influenced by historic events and different nations such as Portuguese, Dutch and Indian. Here one can see places of worship belonging to Islam, Catholicism and Methodism, each of them revealing the beauty and importance of their religion. This tour will guide you through the most interesting religious spots in the central part of the city.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.2 Km or 2.6 Miles
Religious Sights in Colombo, Part 2

Religious Sights in Colombo, Part 2

During its history, the city of Colombo was dominated successively by the Portuguese, Dutch and British, each of them having left significant marks in all aspects of life, including the religious one. Churches, Hindu Kovils, Buddhist Temples and Mosques can be found in the city and its suburbs. This tour will help you discover them.

Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.5 Km or 3.4 Miles
Colombo Introduction Walk II

Colombo Introduction Walk II

The capital and the largest city of Sri Lanka, Colombo is a busy and vibrant metropolis with a mixture of modern life, colonial architecture and ancient ruins. Galle Face Green, Old Parliament House, Khan Clock Tower and many other notable attractions make up this orientation walk.

Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.4 Km or 3.4 Miles
Tour of Fort and Pettah

Tour of Fort and Pettah

Colombo's main districts are Fort and Pettah, which represent the financial and business centres of the city. The most impressive hotels and corporations are situated here, yet there are many spiritually valued spots that have been preserved. Take this tour and discover this lively region.

Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 7.2 Km or 4.5 Miles
Colombo Introduction Walk I

Colombo Introduction Walk I

Colombo, the capital of Sri Lanka, the country ruled successively by the Portuguese, Dutch and the British, has a long history reflected in the city's architecture – a mixture of colonial buildings, modern skyscrapers and shopping malls. The majestic Colombo National Museum borders the sprawling Viharamahadevi Park and its giant Buddha. These and other attractions of Colombo make up this...  view more

Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.9 Km or 4.3 Miles