Archaeological Museum, Polonnaruwa

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#11 of 64 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. Using our international travel planner, Polonnaruwa attractions like Archaeological Museum can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • This is the place where you will most likely start your tour of Polonnaruwa. I would suggest rather than trying to read and look at everything is to hire a guide for the visit. We did this and most....  more »
  • Near the place where you purchase tickets for the whole City. There are many tout guides at the doorway and once you leave. You are also not allowed to take any photo even if for the writeups to...  more »
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