Archaeological Museum, Polonnaruwa

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#10 of 44 in Museums in Sri Lanka
Offering insight into the art and history of the medieval city of Polonnaruwa, Archaeological Museum is worth visiting before (as an introduction) or after (as a recapitulation) touring the actual ruins. The museum features an outstanding collection of bronze statues, many of which represent Shiva, some ancient medical instruments, and a topographical model of this World Heritage-listed site, depicting buildings as they presumably looked like in the past. As you move through the exhibit rooms, you'll see that each one is dedicated to a particular area of the former capital--the outer city, the citadel, the monastery, and so on. With our online itinerary creator, Polonnaruwa attractions like Archaeological Museum can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • August 18, 2017
    It is a small museum, but it has good panels and some interesting pieces that focus the visit to the ruins.
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  • August 16, 2017
    The museum is probably one of the better ones linked to the main sites, but probably missing some information that would make it a 5. Again I wonder how much of the entrance fee is reinvested into the...  more »
  • August 16, 2017
    You start the visit of the Polonnaruwa site with the museum as the office desk and the entrance tickets are sold here. Nice small museum with a large overview of the different findings like statues, c...  more »

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Famous for its UNESCO-protected and often-visited complex of ruins, Polonnaruwa caters to its visitors with dozens of guesthouses, the majority situated along Batticaloa Road. A number of mid-range and four-star hotels sit on Parakrama Samundra and the shores of Bendiwewa reservoir. Nearby Giritale village, some 7 km (4.3 mi) away, also offers nice alternatives as a rural base. A number of budget-friendly bed & breakfasts can be found near the lake.
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