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Address: Sigiriya Thalkotta, Sigiriya, Sri Lanka
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I didn't climb the rock so I found the museum very useful. The history of the rock was very clear with a number of artifacts on display.

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 19, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

I didn't climb the rock so I found the museum very useful. The history of the rock was very clear with a number of artifacts on display.

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Magog, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

Good place to visit before climbing the rock. Unfortunately, despite its size, there are very few things in the museum. It could do a lot more to prepare your visit. Free with the entrance ticket to the rock.

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

This is not the best museum, very sparsely laid out and not many antiquities to view, but of what there is to see, the objects give a good idea of the beautiful objects and artisanal work that would have been part of the Palace that once stood.

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Panadura, Sri Lanka
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

Photographing is prohibited inside the museum. It says all are replicas or models then can't understand why not allow to take photos? Museum only entrance ticket is LKR.600 and if you by entrance ticket for Sigiriya then it is FOC. Must see place before climbing the rock.

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

The museum was very well made, informative and the artifacts were well preserved. It was worth the time we spent there

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Gorey, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

I generally don't love museums but this one was very well laid out. Good background as well as images and models of how it would have looked. Also had reproduction of the cave paintings and translation of some of the ancient graffiti which was curious. There were also more recent exhibits of rural life with monkey traps and household effects.... More 

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Brussels, Belgium
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

The museum features a well documented exhibition that is organized by 5 periods Sigiriya has known. I'm not much of a museum-goer but I liked this one. If you arrive early on the site and weather is good, visit the rock first and museum after. If raining, visit the museum first and hope for sunshine when you walk out of... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

The museum is at the entrance of the Sigiriya complex. There is short video about the rock and the history and quite a few artifacts from the area, but the whole museum does not feel interesting enough considering the potential...

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

I would recommend just going up the rock. The building has nice architecture but it so much more could be done with such a great space.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

Everything is very well set out and described in English (also Tamil and Sinhalese). My husband didn't want to climb the rock; he likes museums and found this to be an excellent example of its kind. He didn't feel he had missed out on anything by not climbing up to the top!

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