Archaeological Museum, Polonnaruwa

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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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  • 30 mins spent here prior to touring the site is well worth it. You get lots of background info but importantly there are some models which give you a god idea what the buildings would have looked like  more »
  • Admission included in the general admission to the ruins, so you see it yes or if (do with price having entries better amortize them the most? It serves to make you a general idea of the archaeological finds and how was the site. It is not a supermuseo, but is not bad
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  • Before you visit the ruins it is very worthwhile to walk through the museum. Gives a complete overview of what to expect.
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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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