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Reviewed April 3, 2016

Very interesting museum, in which a knowledgeable guide explained the use of the different masks in the Sri Lankan traditions

Date of experience: April 2016
Thank LucienS
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Reviewed March 7, 2016

Our tour guide for the day drove us here a part of his tour package. It was interesting to see the masks being made (donation box alert), but the museum really took the cake. The museum guide acted like she was being held hostage and forced to give tours. I've rarely seen someone less enthusiastic about her job. The tour ended in the store upstairs. There are lots of nice things there, but they are overpriced.

Date of experience: February 2016
Thank twinzmom_12
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Reviewed January 24, 2016

"Ariyapala Mask Museum" and Handycrafts Store, located near the main road is a great place to see and understand about the Sri Lankan Traditional Masks as well as the culture behind those masks.
Other than displaying masks of famous "Daha Ata Sanniya" there are illustrations and Detailed texts related with the masks, how they originated, what are their details, etc.

The entrance and viewing of the Museum is free of charge but they welcome donations. There are also books sold at the counter on Sri Lankan Traditional Masks and the related culture.

There is a store also. The main items in the store are wooden handy crafts. Masks, elephants, other wooden crafts, carvings, statues, etc.
Also you can see how they are making those handy crafts / carvings at their workshop located beside the store.

Date of experience: December 2015
Thank Madhawa_h
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Reviewed November 26, 2015

I visited all shops and museums in Ambalangoda for the masks and I would recommend one should visit all if there is time. They have very unique ones in the museum indeed. A bit more expensive than in the rest of the places, but totally worth it.

Date of experience: October 2015
Thank Sarah_Kaushik
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Reviewed September 10, 2015

Ariyapala & Sons is one of the best places to buy the Sri Lankan Wooden mask, a best souvenir. Apart from shopping you can get a hands on feel of how a wooden mask is actually made in the workshop next to the shop.

Prices are fair, Quality is good.

Date of experience: April 2015
Thank Gopinath P
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