Sigiriya Museum
Sigiriya Museum
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Morgan
4 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
If you climb Lion Rock (30USD per person) the museum is included - making the museum worthwhile. However, if you wish to just view the museum, it’s 1,800LKR (10USD) per person which is ridiculous for what it is. Yes it is interesting, but I would not recommend as it is a small museum and very overpriced.
Written February 9, 2020
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Ravana Traveller
Colombo, Sri Lanka28 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019 • Solo
sigiriya museum is a very important place to visit every visitor before climb the rock. one of the best archaeological Museum shows the in situ conservation about the historical remains and very informative. Sigiriya visit is not just a climb a rock. there are so many information to understand about the development of the ancient civilization and engineering techniques. this museum is an ideal place to gain this all information. also this is a great place for the people with disabilities to climb the whole rock. you can see so many replicas and models of the real site and easy accessibility even wheelchairs users. if anyone just want to visit museum there is a separate ticket for the less price.
Written May 8, 2020
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SOH KIEN PENG
Singapore, Singapore9,240 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Solo
At first, I thought the museum is free. But no. It is not free. You can enter if you bought the main ticket to the Sigiriya Citadel. For foreigners, the counter to purchase the entrance ticket is also located inside the museum.

I could have go in for a preview before the actual landing but I came after visiting the actual site. There were photographs taken of the Lion Rock during the colonial days and before the actual restoration works commenced. There is also a video showing a helicopter view of the citadel at the summit of the rock and the other attractions way up the steel ladder. The sound effect of the video was not very good. The volume should be turned on louder.

The museum also showcased how the restoration and preservation works on the cave frescoes were carried out. It is great laborious preservation work. I was sorry to take a photo of the frescoes earlier at the actual site which could have caused damage to the preserved frescoes. I was lucky to be let off with a reprimand from the staff of the archaeology department.

The last time I saw such cave frescoes was at the Mogao Caves in Dunhuang, China. The monks who traveled along the old Silk Road and resided in the Mogao Caves left behind such beautiful masterpieces. At that time, I was also advised not to take photos at the frescoes. But when I came here I really forgot about the advice. I should have seen the painstaking effort of the archaeology experts shown in the museum and reminded myself before proceeding to the actual site.

The frescoes shown at the museum were impressive, colorful and sharper than those actual images at the site. The female figures look voluptuously gorgeous and beautiful.

Other than those I mentioned, there is nothing much in the museum. I left the museum in less than an hour. It is more a preview before visiting the actual site.
Written April 21, 2019
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ychampathit
Colombo, Sri Lanka73 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 • Friends
Sigiriya is always on the must visit list on any traveler who plans a trip to Sri Lanka. It’s very good informative museum though the basic amenities can be improved to serve foreign travelers who are charged high to visit Sigiriya.
Written May 27, 2019
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pinoytraveller2
Luzon, Philippines15,111 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2014 • Solo
The Sigiriya Museum should be the first thing to do after paying the entrance ticket to the site. It will give you a good insight on what to see and expect at the Sigiriya Lion Rock. I was surprised to see coins and currencies on display here which in my opinion has nothing to do with the theme of the attractions on site. The cave paintings are close representations of what I saw up in the mountain.
Written September 2, 2015
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Stephen B
Dublin, Ireland70 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
worth a visit if you are planing on visiting or climbing the rock it is very educational which gives great background info
Written July 26, 2022
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JPNoosa
Noosa, Australia127 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
If you visit Sigiriya, we strongly recommend that you also visit the Museum which is very good. The first room contains old photos of the early days when it was found by Colonial researcher Bell.

However, the real highlight is in the second part of the museum which is extensive and very explanatory.

If you find yourself at Sirigiya in bad weather than don’t miss this opportunity.
Written December 21, 2019
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Asteroidea
Sydney, Australia84 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Couples
Currently upgrading the museum, but still worth visiting. Makes the climb up to the rock better as you have an understanding of the significance and history of the region.
Written April 27, 2019
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edgar_wilson
Hamilton, New Zealand32 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Couples
Fascinating history. Well presented and follows a logical presentation. No shortage of amazing examples of the period. Much bigger than initially seemed. Well worth the visit.
Written April 27, 2019
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nae21
Gold Coast, Australia196 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Friends
Our guide brought us here before our rock climb. Quite interesting items and pictures on display. Certainly worth a look.
Written April 9, 2019
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