The museum is located near the main sluice gate of the Parakrama Samudra in Polonnaruva. It was designed for two purposes; in situ exhibition of artifacts that were recovered through explorations, excavations and research carried out since 1981 by the Ālāhana Project of the Central Cultural Fund, and providing a sound knowledge and understanding to the visitors about the Polonnaruva World Heritage Site. The museum was opened for exhibition to the public on 31st September 1998. The Government of Netherlands provided aid for the establishment of the Polonnaruva Museum, while Dr. Ruloph Monake, Curator of the Leiden Museum in Amsterdam, Netherlands also made contributions.

The fundamental concept of the Polonnaruva Museum is to help the visitor easily understand the ancient urban plan of Polonnaruva and monuments within it. The gallery plan starts from the urban center and proceeds towards the hinterland.

Opening Hours

7 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. daily (Last entrance at 5 p.m.)

Visitor activities

  • Educational programmes (providing knowledge for A/L students’ educational assignments, and providing training and information for university students’ and researchers’ dissertations.
  • Conducting monthly lectures and workshops.

Visitor Facilities

  • Tourist Information Center
  • Lavatory facilities
  • Assistance from Information Officers for guiding inside the museum
  • Book Shop and Souvenir shop

Museum Entrance Fee


  Full Half
US $ 25.00 12.50
Value Rs. 5075.00 2537.50


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