Tuesday, 8 February 2022

Archaeological Museum of Anuradhapura

Anuradhapura Archaeological Museum
The Archaeological Museum of Anuradhapura (Sinhala: අනුරාධපුර පුරාවිද්‍යා කෞතුකාගාරය), Sri Lanka is one of the Regional Museums Administered by the Department of Archaeology

History
The Archaeological Report of 1896 reveals that there was an idea to conserve one of the ex-casual wards of the Anuradhapura old hospital into a temporary local museum (Rambukwella, 2014). However, this museum was first established in 1947 and it was shifted to the present old Kachcheri building in 1960 (Rambukwella, 2014).

Museum
The museum has a large two-storied building and several single-storied exhibition cells (Wikramagamage, 2004). It is used to exhibit antiquities found from various regions of the country. Artefacts such as statues, inscriptions, caskets, coins, and objects relating to Buddhist architecture are preserved in nine galleries in the museum building. Open spaces are also used to display the objects.

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). p.407.
2) Wikramagamage, C., 2004. Heritage of Rajarata: Major natural, cultural and historic sites. Colombo. Central Bank of Sri Lanka. p.80.

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This page was last updated on 21 August 2022

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