ArchaeologicalMuseum of Jaffna

From ancient tribal civilisations to the colonial period, the Archaeological Museum of Jaffna is a treasure trove of relics and exhibits that narrate the eventful tales of the city.

The museum dates back to 1975, when it was constructed on land gifted to the Department of Archaeology by a wealthy resident. Ever since, it has become the primary source of information to learn and understand the early history of the city.

What to Expect

At present, the museum is home to several relics obtained from archaeological sites around the peninsula. Some of the more prominent relics in the museum are items obtained from the Kadurugoda Raja Maha Viharaya that was a significant place of worship during the 14th and 15th centuries of the Jaffna Kingdom.

Other exhibits from the royal palace, along with weapons from the colonial period adorn its halls, telling stories of how the kingdom eventually fell into the hands of the European powerhouses.

❂ Useful Tips:

  • The museum is open from 8.00am to 4.45pm.
  • Entrance is free, however, a small donation will be happily accepted.