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Address: Sigiriya Thalkotta, Sigiriya, Sri Lanka
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The museum is well planned, the various exhibits explained clearly and the whole museum is well maintained. This is a must see before visiting Polunnawarra and Sigirya. It... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 18, 2015
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Siem Reap, Cambodia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW

The museum is well planned, the various exhibits explained clearly and the whole museum is well maintained. This is a must see before visiting Polunnawarra and Sigirya. It explains the history, the various aspects of each site and helps to create a context in which to place the sites.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

Well set up and interesting. the diorama was very useful. The main problem was they will not let you split the ticket, and visit the museum on one day and then the rock the next day. This would help with understanding the site, before climbing the rock.

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Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

Artefacts are arranged nicely and well maintained. Ticket is part of the rock entrance ticket. Photography is not allowed. Museum gives the history of Sri Lanka, Iron production, History of Budhism and the history of Sigiriya. It may take around 45min to 1 hour to see.

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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

I visit here in my last trip to Sigiriya. This is the greatest place that you can get all the details about the Sigiriya. Really nice to have this kind of Museum nearby the sigiriya.

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Doha, Qatar
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

It's very informative without forcing you to wade through too much detail. I highly recommend it as a precursor to the climb up the rock.

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Udupi, India
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

Nice museum. Entry ticket included with lion rock entry ticket which cost LKR 3,900 ( US$30) . Well maintained. Takes less than 30 minutes to cover this one. Museum is inside of lion rock compound.

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Hyderabad, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

This museum at the entrance of the complex gives us a birds eye view of what we are going to see in the sigiriya rock fortress. Better to visit this place to know the historical aspects, especially if you are NOT engaging a guide.

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Shiraz, Iran
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

It could be much better than this , the only intresting item is fortess small maquette . It is a2 story building near the fortess do this after your climb

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Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

Awesome place, gives a nice view into the lives of the people of ancient lanka. The houses, the tools and utensils. The museum is nicely constructed and well mainteined. Also they have enough seating arrangement for people to relax as there is a lot of climbing and walking to do in Sigiriya. Please do not miss this one. For more... More 

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London
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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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