The museum in Sigiriya is well known to be the most attractive in South Asia, managed by the Central Cultural Fund. Sigiriya Museum represents its cultural, technological and archaeological value. Three decades of archaeological research on Sigiriya, the famous 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 artifacts 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.
Gallery of Museum
The display in the lower (first) gallery has several exhibition spaces. And is based on twelve thematic and chronological divisions :
Prehistoric and Protohistoric Transformation: This gallery indicates Prehistory, Proto Historic transition, Geology & archeological & periodisation Technology of iron production of Sigiriya & surrounding area.
|Gallery 02||:||The Early and Later Buddhist Monastery: This gallery indicates early Buddhist monasteries & later Buddhist monasteries of Sigiriya complex & surrounding area. Early Buddhist monastery settlement was established at sigiriya between the 3rd & 1st century B.C.|
|Gallery 03||:||The Royal City and the ‘Golden Age’ of Sigiriya: This gallery indicates the Kasyapa story & urbanism, architecture, art & garden design in the 5th century. period of Kasyapa(477-495 AC),the golden age of Sigiriya reveal earliest urban planing & architecture system of Sri Lanka. The royal city of Sigiriya includes the city's ramparts,moats & gateways, water systems & garden, mirror wall & paintings,lion stair case,palace on the rock & other architectural remains.|
|Gallery 04||:||Painting, Poetry and Sculpture: This gallery indicates Sigiri paintings, Sigiri graffiti & terracotta sculpture. there exhibits several copy of Sigiri paintings founded in western rock wall & boulder garden. Several of Sigiri graffiti poems composed by the visitors who came to Sigiriya in 6th-9th century & terracotta sculpture founded in boulder garden dated between 7th,8th,10th century.|
|Gallery 05||:||Courtly and Monastic life and foreign trade: This gallery indicates courtly ,monastic life & foreign trade of Sigiriya. There exhibits pottery, coins, courtly items founded at Sigiriya & suburbs dated between 5th -10th centuary & ceramics, coins & sculpture imported in same period from east & western - india, china, Gulf & Roman empire as a foreign trade.|
|Gallery 06||:||The ‘hidden centuries’ the history of Archaeology at Sigiriya: This gallery indicates the history of archeology in Sigiriya, hidden centuries & future research. This gallery exhibits modern history of Sigiriya year between 1890-2000.it indicates how begun the wide- ranging & multi- disciplinary investigation of Sigiriya|
|The Fresco Gallery||:||Duplicate fresco pocket and that can be seen same paintings of original paintings in fresco pocket at Sigiriya.|
Every day 8.00 am to 5.00 pm
- Cultural shows
The Sigirya Museum has prepared a series of monthly events that would showcase the cultural diversity in Sri Lanka. Traditional dance and drama events are scheduled in the program. These events will be held at the Open Air Theater of the museum. The cultural events organized by the Sigiriya Museum are popular among the villagers and the tourists to Sigiriya.
- Activities for Children
- Temporary Exhibitions
- Tourist Information Center
- Lavatory facilities
- Assistance from Information Officers for guiding inside the museum
- Book Shop and Souvenir shop
Museum Entrance Fee
Tickets for the museum are provided with the same ticket that is used to climb the Sigiriya Rock Fortress.
To visit only the Museum