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National Museum Kandy, Kandy

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The National Museum of Kandy in Kandy, Sri Lanka is located next to the Temple of the Tooth in part of the former Royal Palace of Kandy. The primary exhibits are housed in the Palle Vahala building, which was the former home of the King's harem. A secondary exhibition is located in the main palace building. The museum is maintained by the Department of National Museums.The Palle Vahala (lower palace) or Meda Vahala (middle palace) was constructed during the Sri Vickrama Rajasingha era and was used as the quarters of the queens of King of Kandy. This building has been built according to the architectural features of Kandy period. It was used as a depository for historical artifacts made by the Kandy Art Association which was established in 1832 and artisans of Matale. The museum was opened to the public in 1942.The museum has over 5,000 artifacts on display consist of weapons, jewelry, tools and other artifacts from the Kandian era (17-19th Century) and post British Colonial era, including a copy of the 1815 agreement that handed over the Kandyan provinces to the British. In the grounds of the museum is a statue of Sir Henry Ward a former Governor of Ceylon (1855–1860), which was originally located in front of the Queen's Hotel.
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  • As of January 2017, this museum is still closed. (Someone noted this back in March, but I thought it would be good to provide a more recent update.) On the plus side, the location is right near the Ga...  more »
  • The Museum is located next door to the Temple of the tooth, in the building of the summer palace. On display for tourists represented Royal relics, weapons, and other historical artifacts.
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  • Do Visit this museum if you have some extra time. where you be able to see how the town was formed and also a small history of tea 
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  • If you want to know Kandy + Sri Lankan History.. Must visit place, behind the great Dalada Maligawa...
  • One of the best museums I have visited, very impressive. A wealth of information about South East Asia here. I am not usually a fan of museums, but ended up staying here for over two hours.
  • Great experience after visiting this museum, but time was not enough to see in detail, but I am satisfied.
  • So much history to see but too much stairs, not accessible for some people
  • Famous and well maintained museum in kandy . Don't missed very interesting