The museum in Sigiriya is known to be the most attractive in South Asia. Managed by the Central Cultural Fund the Sigiriya Museum represents its cultural, technological and archaeological value. Three decades of archaeological research on Sigiriya Sri Lanka, a UNESCO world heritage site, can be explored at the Sigiriya Museum.
The design of the museum was inspired by the sophisticated design of Sigiriya itself. It followed the concept of Green Building with the mastery use of water and the use of trees so that it stimulates a true experience. Furthermore, the floors are built so that visitors can feel the Sigiriya climb through the ascending terraces and the wide stairways.
Upon entering the Sigiriya Museum one has to go through a brick tunnel that was designed similarly to the archway of the Sigiriya Fortress. Inside there are exhibits of various artefacts found through archaeological excavations such as a human skeleton, tools, jewels, sculptures and much more. The galleries are also filled with drawings, photographs and information to its visitors so that the assistance of a guide is not required. Some of the most significant artefacts are the iron melting Kiln and the purple tone embedded gold earring.
The first section of the Sigiriya Museum belongs to the Prehistoric Sigiriya and this explains how humans occupied Sigiriya and the surrounding area from about 10,000 years ago. Next would be the Protohistoric transition where humans moved from itinerant food gathering and hunting to agrarian village settlement. Then the early Buddhist monastic periods are featured followed by the Pre-Kasyapa period. Finally the third gallery is solely dedicated to King Kasyapa which is the ‘Golden Age’ of Sigiriya.
Tickets for the museum are provided with the same ticket that is used to climb the Sigiriya Rock Fortress.
Sigiriya Rock Fortress - 30$
Museum only – 5$
8:30 AM – 5:30 PM (Last entry is at 5:00 PM)
A 50% discount will also be provided for those visiting from SAARC countries this is only for the Sigiriya Rock Fortress climb. SAARC visitors are requested to provide valid proof when purchasing the tickets for this discount.