The Jaffna Archaeological Museum is located in Nallur, Jaffna. This building was surprisingly not affected by the war. The construction started in 1976 after the land was given by Arumuga Navalar Foundation and was completed about 10 years later. The front section is named as Navalar Cultural Hall and the museum houses many ancient artifacts and collections from the Buddhist and Hindu religions which are in various forms of metal, wood and stone. The collections range from the ancient era to the colonial era. You can also see some of the archaeological excavation findings of Kandarodai led by P.E. Pieris in 1917-1919, of which are 15th century statues of Buddha and 14th century ‘seven-mouthed’ pot and a pair of cannons of the Dutch Fort. There are many ancient coins from different historical periods.
The Museum is open for visitors from 8:00 am to 4:45 pm, except on public holidays and Tuesdays.
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