Timings : 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM; except full moon' poya nights'
Time Required : 1.5 - 2 hours
Entry Fee : 3000 LKR
Polonnaruwa is an ancient city, which constitutes, apart from the natural ruined sites ,one of UNESCO's World Heritage Site. The city has rooms full of excavated artefacts, which form the archaeological museum of Polonnaruwa. The museum was established in the Public Services Sports Club Hall at Polonnaruwa in 1962 and depicted scenes from 1012 A.D. During this period, the region was ruled by the Chola dynasty, which had some of the mightiest rulers. One of the most diligent rulers was King Parakramabahu I, who selflessly supervised the construction of Polonnaruwa. The museum looks like a small, simple hut from outside, but consists of a variety of informative visuals and artefacts on the inside.
The museum aims to develop and provide knowledge to the community by following methods of conservations and reservations, showcases several statues of Indian Gods, especially bronze statues of Lord Shiva and Gautam Buddha. The archaeological museum, with all its history, heritage and honour, is the first destination in most Polonnaruwa tours. It is the entry point to the city and well deserves so. The replica of ancient monuments and buildings stimulates the imagination of informs the tourists of the royal past of the site. Usually, travellers begin their Polonnaruwa tour from this site. Doing so briefs them about where they have landed - the history and heritage of the city, which lies at 200 km from the capital city, Colombo.