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. Using our international travel planner, Polonnaruwa attractions like Archaeological Museum can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • It is hard to miss this museum where is located right after the ticketing counter of Polonnaruwa Ancient Site. Worth to check it out which provides a good overviews and narrations of the architecture....  more »
  • Shame you are not aloud to make any pictures there are some interesting objects in display well worth it to see and explore  more »
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