The Pushmi Pullyu
The Colombo National Museum is OK, but the natural history museum is depressingly bad. It, however, does house a two-headed goat, which is the highlight of the experience. This goat was donated by someone from Moratuwa in the nineties and it remains pickled in formaldehyde at the entrance to the natural history museum. You can even see it without paying entrance if you want to push. The rest of the natural history museum is, essentially, a third grade science project pinned to the wall.
The hanging whale
The National Museum, however, has undergone an extensive refurbishment and is actually pretty good in parts. The highlight there is a giant whale skeleton hanging from the ceiling, it’s tail poking into the section that houses DS Senanayake’s desk and marital bed. Besides that, the Anuradhapura era stuff is impressive, though not as impressive as Anuradhapura, as is the Kandyan, though not as much as Kandy.
It’s a bit hot, the parking is far away, the bathrooms are far away and it’s a lot of walking, but the National Museum is not a bad weekend do. Certainly check out the goat.