Controlled by the Central Cultural Fund the museum is contained within a forest setting with large ponds and flower blooms at every turn. The audio/visual presentation on the history of the ancient fortress is watched by visitors upon entering the venue before walking through a brick arch much like the passageways of Sigiriya to enter the exhibition galleries of the museum. Exhibition Gallery One is divided into 12 sections that cover the area’s geological past through a dozen chronological and thematic sections. Highlights include exhibits that showcase the history of Sigiriya’s archaeology, terracotta sculptures, Buddhist monasteries, graffiti poems and the various stages of the region’s geological evolution. Complete with ancient artifacts, audio aids, models, maps, photographs, plans and films the museum contains six galleries in total that document the illustrious history behind the monumental stone structure.
Must-see points of interest include the 4000 BC stone tomb from the Ibbankatuwa cemetery, a gilded bronze earring with intricate embellishments, Buddha statues from various eras and the makeshift ‘Alakamanda” area of the museum which is a glass floored section lined with railings. The spiral staircase that leads up to the replicas of the treasured frescoes within the Fresco Gallery is another highlight as it is also an accurate replication of the staircase at Sigiriya which leads to the authentic frescoes.
A souvenirs/ gift shop is also on-site at the museum which is open to the public from 8am to 5pm daily with the exception of Wednesdays.
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