Heritage Museum of Kattankudy

Situated in Sri Lanka’s most densely populated city of Kattankudy, the Heritage Museum of Kattankudy is a treasure trove to understand Sri Lanka’s unique and diverse culture that embodies the peaceful coexistence of all the major religions dwelling in the country. Filled with numerous artefacts and other exhibits that provide a comprehensive history of Muslims and Arab traders who visited and settled in the island throughout the centuries, it certainly is a treat in the eyes of the history buff.

Best Known For

  • The Heritage Museum of Kattankudy is famed for being an establishment that embodies the heritage of the Muslim community in Sri Lanka, spanning from the 17th century, as it provides a comprehensive understanding of the early Muslim settlers and their culture and lifestyle through the many exhibits and texts seen in the museum.
  • Another feature of interest that has become a great attraction to many a traveller are the typical Arabian and Persianesque vibes it gives, due to the architecture of the building and its surroundings that instantly transports you from your typical Sri Lankan city, to one in the Middle East, making it all the more enticing to visit.

Interesting Facts

  • The Kattankudy Heritage Museum was officially opened in 2015, in commemoration to the early Muslims that settled along the east coast of the country in the 17th century.
  • What makes it very intriguing is the street it is located in and the very building itself, as it is very much reminiscent of structures you are sure to encounter in the many medinas of the Arab world.
  • At present the museum is sprawled across 3 storeys and possesses a comprehensive collection of artefacts reflecting centuries of Muslim culture.
  • Be it through models, displays, recreations and many more exhibits, the Heritage Museum of Kattankudy is a unique museum that tells just a part of the peaceful coexistence of Sri Lanka’s diverse communities.

Times, Seasons and Tips

  • The heritage museum is open from Saturday to Thursday, from 9:00am to 6:00pm.
  • There is no season in particular to visit, however, the months from April to September proves to be a period where there is an increase in visitors, due to the favourable weather conditions in the area.
  • If you want to have an in depth understanding of the exhibits, do inquire about it from the staff, as they will be more than willing to enlighten you.
  • Please be mindful of the exhibits, as many of them are unique and highly valuable.

In conclusion, the Heritage Museum of Kattankudy is a museum that talks of a very different culture to that of the Sri Lankan culture you would expect. However, a closer look into the exhibits and other artefacts within the museum will make the wide eyed traveller understand; Sri Lanka’s unique culture does not lie in homogeneity, but in diversity.

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