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Sigiriya Museum

Address: Sigiriya Thalkotta, Sigiriya, Sri Lanka
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Ranked #6 of 8 Attractions in Sigiriya
Type: Museums
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London, United Kingdom
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147 reviews 147 reviews
72 attraction reviews
104 helpful votes 104 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

If you can't get to the top of the rock, you don't need to as a life size replica of the cave paintings is here, as well as a model of the site on the top. I met people who didn't go to the top and missed the museum as well as they weren't informed. If you did get to... More 

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Doha, Qatar
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4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

The museum provides useful information and models of the site. This is necessary as there is no signage at the site itself.

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Derby, United Kingdom
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25 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

Skip this part of the attraction and pay a local 1000 LKR to guide you around the site because the museum is just full of poor quality replicas. You will learn much more about Sigiriya Rock Fortress and the young kings by using a guide as you ascend.

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Stavanger, Norway
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30 attraction reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

The museum shows interesting historical findings and gives good information of the area around the Sigiriya rock. It doesn't guide you in depth of the subject but gives a breef understanding of the area. Does not take more than 30 minutes to go through. Worth visiting though.

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L'Etang-Sale, Reunion Island
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10 attraction reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

The muséum is old and the walls black and mouldy. There is a strong smell of humidity as there is no air con. You pay too much to see... Too few artifacts almost ..nothing ! Really disappointing. Some men are there doing nothing the place is really small it takes 15 minutes to visit. I don t know why at... More 

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India
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38 reviews 38 reviews
14 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

If one cant climb the Rocky Heritage site, walk towards the museum & see the heritage site thru a hawk eye view. finely mentioned details on the site, the utensils used, the cutlery used, the fighters choice of weapon then & go thru the video show on the site ....very useful. Can be managed better for the Fee they are... More 

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Kilkenny, Ireland
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25 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

The approach and entrance are pathetic not much of an attraction. The building and architecture is nice. only limited number and variety of artifacts are displayed. needs some serious attention and maybe cash injection.

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Colombo
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014

Nice architecture (set in the middle of trees and water stream) and lovely atmosphere to enjoy the artifacts. However, there are signs of decay at places. A coat of paint on the walls and and better use of wall poster spaces (some pictures have been removed and the patches show) can improve it further.

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New York City, New York
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014

The curators at the Sigiriya Museum have done a great job. Including preshistoric details as well as exhibits that tell the interesting story of how Matale and Sigiriya came to be made for a wonderful visit. It's also great that the price of admission to the museum is included in the ticket to go to the Sigiriya rock.

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Bangkok, Thailand
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10 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

The museum itself was nothing special. I went after I had finished walking around the site, as it is positioned in the opposite direction of the rock from the ticket counter. The exhibits tracing Sigiriya's use over time had a few interesting nuggets of information and were decently designed. I spent about 30 minutes walking through and reading most of... More 

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