The Colombo Dutch Museum is a historical center that covers the historical backdrop of the Dutch pilgrim administer in Sri Lanka. The two story colonnaded expanding on Prince Street, Pettah which houses this exhibition hall was built amid the Dutch control of Colombo and was the formal habitation of the Governor of Dutch Ceylon Thomas van Rhee amid his term of office in 1692 to 1697. The building has been utilized for a wide range of purposes throughout the years. It was an instructor preparing school and an establishment for the guideline of ministers in the vicinity of 1696 and 1796. At one time it was the home of Colonel Count August Carl Fredrick Von Ranzow.
It worked as a shelter under the supervision of the elders and financed by the Dutch East Indies Company. This building typifies the one of a kind compositional highlights of a provincial Dutch town house. In 1999 the gallery building was formally perceived by the Government as an archeological secured landmark in Sri Lanka. The assignment was pronounced on 18 June under the administration Gazette number 1085. The exhibition hall while showing the Dutch inheritance with the ancient rarities including furniture, pottery, coins and weaponry, depicting the different features of contemporary life and culture.