Abhayagiri Museum
Abhayagiri Museum
3.5

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shark939
Luton, United Kingdom522 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2017 • Couples
Small but quite informative museum giving an overview of Sri Lanka history and worth a visit to put a clearer picture of this huge area in ones mind. Visit about 30 minutes or so. Can be very expensive for tourists on a budget.
Written February 3, 2017
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macedonboy
Glasgow, UK185,732 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2015 • Solo
As museums go, this is good by Sri Lankan standards. The museum collection is neither extensive nor impressive, but there's enough information at the museum to give some context when visiting the Stupa
Written November 30, 2015
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Lilie100
Frankfurt, Germany112 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2015 • Solo
The museum is on the premises of the big Abhayagiri compound and can be visited along the way. It is included in your site pass and offers insights into some of the history of the places around Anuradhapura - including a description of the different Buddha poses.
Written October 30, 2015
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worldnomad_01
Los Angeles, CA1,597 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2018
The white building hosting the minuscule museum is badly in need of some serious maintenance work and so is the museum itself. A few ceramics, a few stone carvings, plenty of dust, not much in terms of written description of the items and not much of anything else. Hardy worth your time...
Written December 10, 2018
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RanjanF
Wennappuwa, Sri Lanka31 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2014 • Family
Meaning of Anuradhapura is Anuradha+pura Anuradha is name of [ aryan] minister every name ending pura mean city
Anuradhapura is the most important place to entire sri lankans because of our first capital from 4 century b/c to 10 century A/D
for buddhist people are most venerate object sri maha bodhi tree [ficus religiosa] buddha attained to enlightenment under the bodhi tree in india. this sapling of original one . bodhi tree is consider the oldest tree in world .its sinhalese name asathu
meaning of bodhi is tree of wisdom
entrance 200 rupees if you need more information i would like to write you to visit this site ticket 25 $ u
Written March 1, 2015
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Alex W
Singapore, Singapore1,426 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2018 • Solo
Sri Lankans have no clue how to run museums – this is my firm belief after visiting several of them. The Abhayagiri Museum is no exception. It’s a small place, with items scattered about and the briefest of explanations. It does not bother to tell any story or explain any of the items’ significance in the larger cultural, political context.

The museum is not in the white colonial building as shown in the pictures at the top of this webpage. It is now in a smaller pavilion-like building about 300 – 400 metres south of Abhayagiri Dagoba/stupa.

The airconditioning is extremely weak. The place is warm and humid and one wonders how the artefacts are going to survive. Even stone artefacts will soon have moss growing on them. The whole place is sleepy; the staff seem to have nothing really to do except wait for closing time.

The Lonely Planet guidebook says the museum “commemorates the 5th century visit of Chinese Buddhist monk Faxian to Anuradhapura”, but from what I saw, there’s almost nothing about this event. Presumably there is a story to be told about how Abhayagiri was once a centre attracting monks from abroad, and how Faxian’s records provide much information about the Abhayagiri monastic complex of his day, but none of that is there in this museum. You’ll learn more by surfing the web from home than coming here.

The Abhayagiri Dagoba (stupa) is about 300 – 400m north of the museum. See my review under that name. Both the museum and the dagoba are within the paid area of the “Sacred City/Ancient Ruins” archaeological park. However, tickets to the archaeological park can only be purchased from the Archaeological Museum (not to be confused with the Abhayagiri Museum) located about 2 km south (ridiculous!) of the Abhayagiri Museum. Cost = US$25, or 3,780 Sri Lankan rupees and valid only for the same day. Once you’ve got the ticket for the archaeological park, you don’t have to pay extra to visit the museum.

General info about places in the “Sacred City/Ancient Ruins” park: The sights are quite spread out such that while walking from one sight to the second may be possible, covering many more on foot is impractical. You’ll need a map and a bicycle or a tuktuk hired for the day. Also, there few toilets, and few places to buy drinking water.
Written May 27, 2018
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hirankarunaratna
Colombo, Sri Lanka6 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2018 • Family
very little information displayed unattractively
very few exhibits the museum needs to invest the money being generated
Written March 8, 2018
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Richard C
London, UK250 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2017 • Couples
Although worth seeing as the collection is varied and interesting, this museum totally lacks basic explanations such as dates and frequent even the origin of the artefacts!
Photos not allowed (for not obvious reasons...) so sorry for not attaching any!
Written February 3, 2017
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M H
Darlington1,184 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2015 • Couples
We did not enjoy our visit to this small museum and would not recommend going out of your way to visit (unless your passing through it to the Abhayagiri Dagoba). We were stalked by an attendant for the short time that we were there - and made to feel like would-be thieves!
Written December 14, 2015
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mahesh9910
Colombo, Sri Lanka273 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2015 • Family
If you want to have a quick glance of the history of Anuradhapura this is a must visit. You can cover this within 30-45 mins and I recommend this place worth visiting.
Written September 28, 2015
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