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Archaeological Museum of Jaffna

Housing a collection of antiquities, ranging from religious artifacts of ancient Sri Lanka to exhibits dating back to the colonial period, the Archaeological Museum of Jaffna preserves timeless pieces of history, of a civilisation long lost due to the ravages of time, making it a major complex that allows you to reimagine the unique society and culture that existed in the distant past.

Best Known For

  • The Archaeological Museum of Jaffna is best known for being one of the major institutions in the Jaffna Peninsula that displays a number of artifacts that take you all the way back to the ancient civilisations of the area, right up to the colonial period, making it possible to reimagine the society and culture of old; perfect for the history buff.

Interesting Facts

  • The museum in Jaffna has its beginnings in 1975, when Sir Arumugam Navalar gifted a part of his land to the Department of Archaeology, in order to establish an institution that would preserve the illustrious heritage of Jaffna.
  • However, it was in 1978 that the museum took shape and became one of the prime museums in the Jaffna Peninsula that displays a collection of antiquities from ancient civilisations that dwelled long before.
  • Presently, the Archaeological Museum of Jaffna boasts of a number of exhibits from ancient Sri Lanka to the colonial period.
  • Some of the highlighting antiquities within the museum’s confines are the metal exhibits, wooden exhibits and stone exhibits belonging to both, Buddhist and Hindu culture that thrived during the 14th and 15th Centuries AC; some of them found at the Kadurugoda Raja Maha Viharaya in Kantharodai.
  • Highlighting exhibits from the colonial era are the cannons of the Dutch era that look like its guarding the entrance of the museum. Thus making it possible to learn and understand the life and times of the ancient Sri Lankan, along with the transition thereafter due to colonial influence.

Times, Seasons and Tips

  • The Museum in Jaffna is open from Wednesday to Monday and operates from 8.00am to 4.45pm, however, the best time to visit the museum is in the morning and afternoon, as there are lesser crowds.
  • Entrance is free, however, a donation of some amount is expected, as the museum is just one of the few museums in the Jaffna Peninsula that showcases the early settlements that dwelled in the area.
  • Please adhere to the rules and regulations set forth by the relevant authorities.
  • Please do not deface or do anything that would result in the damaging of the artifacts.
  • Photography is allowed, however, it is still best to inquire from the staff beforehand.

Visiting the Archaeological Museum of Jaffna, with all its historical artifacts and information about Sri Lanka of old is a must, if you are looking to delve into the little island’s deep history.

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