Sunday, 8 September 2019

Archaeological Museum of Kotte

Archaeological Museum of Kotte
The Archaeological Museum of Kotte, Sri Lanka is one of the Regional Museums Administered by the Department of Archaeology. It is located at Bungalow Junction at a distance of 5 km from the Borella bus stop. The museum contains artefacts mainly discovered in Kotte and the surrounding area.

History
The museum has been established in the old mansion called Ihala Walawwa, the residence of Edward Walter Perera (1875-1953), a Ceylonese Barrister, politician and freedom fighter (Welandawe & Weerasinghe, 2016). In 1992, the residence was converted to E. W. Perera Memorial Museum and declared open to the public in 1995 (Rambukwella, 2014; Welandawe & Weerasinghe, 2016).

Museum
Artefacts that are being exhibited include ancient monuments, photographs, various flags, swords, knives, guns, statues, coins, ceramic ware, clay vessels, as well as a number of antiquities discovered in excavations and during the construction of buildings in the Kotte and vicinity area. In addition to them, a collection of items used by E. W. Perera and items donated and purchased by Douglas Ranasinghe are also available in the museum.

A protected monument
The residence of E. W. Perera which presently houses the Kotte Archaeological Museum has been declared an archaeological protected monument.

Attribution
1) Kotte Museum by L Manju is licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0.

References
1) Rambukwella, M.W.C.N.K., 2014. Heritage representation in culturally diverse societies: a case study of the Colombo National Museum in Sri Lanka (Doctoral dissertation, School of Museum Studies). pp.413-414.
2) Welandawe, H., Weerasinghe, J., 2016. Urban Heritage in the Western Region Megapolis Planning Project. p.122.

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This page was last updated on 16 January 2022

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