Archaeological Museum, Polonnaruwa

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History Museum Museum
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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  • We popped into the museum for 20 minutes after purchasing our tickets. It is a good introduction to the site, but not necessary to spend too much time there. Definitely use your time enjoying the actu...  more »
  • The ruins themselves are a fantastic experience. However, this museum is feted as being "probably the best museum in Sri Lanka". If this is the country's museum, Sri Lanka needs to up its museum game.  more »
  • Well worth an hour of ones time if visiting the ancient city of Polonnaruwa. Beds visit before seeing the monuments as the museum gives an excellent chronological history of the site and Sri Lanka in ...  more »