Modernised Mihintale museum opened
Minister Jagath Balasuriya and Deputy Minister Duminda
Dissanayake viewing some of the exhibits after the opening
ceremony. (Bottom) The modernised Mihintale museum. Pictures
by Amila Prabath Wanasinghe
The Mihintale museum rehabilitated and modernised as part of the
Mihintale Sacred Area Development Project launched on the direction of
President Mahinda Rajapaksa was opened by National Heritage Minister Dr
Jagath Balasuriya and Youth Affairs and Skills Development Deputy
Minister Duminda Dissanayake on December 12.
The operating ceremony was held under the patronage of Mihintale Raja
Maha Viharadhipati Ven Walawahengunawewe Dhammaratana Nayake Thera. This
museum built in 1984 was in a dilapidated and neglected state.
The National Heritage Ministry has spent Rs three million on the
rehabilitation and modernization project.
Valuable Artefacts discussed from the Mihintale sacred city area are
deported at this facility exhibits for the pilgrims and tourists
visiting the Sacred Area.
Archaeology Director General Dr Senarath Dissanayake and several
other Department and Ministry officials were also present on the