Ariyapala & Sons

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Felix D
Munich, Germany7 contributions
Fascinating dive into Sri Lankan culture
Dec 2019 • Friends
We really enjoyed the little tour through the museum, and spent more time reading the mask descriptions and stories to them afterwards. The young lady guiding us was knowledgeable and we asked a lot of curious questions, too, so it was more of a dialogue on the culture, which was very exciting.

The shop has a very broad selection of high quality masks; be sure also to visit the workshop!
Written 3 December 2019
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KLG62
Gold Coast, Australia3,172 contributions
Interesting Masks
Apr 2019 • Couples
We had the chance to visit the museum and factory. The guided tour was interesting, finding out about the history of the different types of masks and where they were used. Afterwards to get to go through the showroom and workshop
Written 2 April 2019
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Jeff W
635 contributions
Worth a visit if you are in Ambalangoda
Feb 2019 • Couples
As we were staying locally the Mask Museum was on our agenda to visit. It's a small museum and free to enter although they do appreciate donations (of course).
We were given a short tour by a very pleasant young lady who explained the many different masks and the reasons behind them and the dances that were performed by the wearers.
There are some really old masks (over 200 years old) on display and it was an interesting little collection. Photographs are allowed in the Museum which was nice.

There is a large shop attached to the Museum with a great variety of wood carvings and masks to choose from, Prices seem on the high side but then you are paying for a unique handmade product. Outside there's a small workshop with a handful of staff carving/painting the masks, and it's obviously a very time consuming skilled business.
We didn't buy anything but could see the attraction, it was good that we weren't pressured at all and unlike some other stores we felt very comfortable just browsing.
Written 21 March 2019
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CroxleyJD
Croxley Green, UK322 contributions
A taste of Sri Lanka
Mar 2019
A worthwhile opportunity. We arrived and had an English-spoken tour of the museum. Each mask on display had its own story and purpose. After our tour we got to visit the workshop where we could witness men carving and decorating their handmade masks. Finally, we visited their shop which was full of all types of souvenirs for a very reasonable price. Would recommend to travellers!
Written 21 March 2019
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Sudosola
3 contributions
Fast and robot
Mar 2019 • Friends
Cool To see all masks and read explanation but the girl that make us visit the little museum was bored by what she was doing Her voice looked like robot talking. Fast To do...
Written 16 March 2019
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srishkalyan
Bengaluru, India89 contributions
Shop cum Museum
Nov 2018 • Family
You get to see different type of mask, very unique to Srilankan Culture. The guide at the museum is not very knowledgeable. However, the museum is well designed and maintained. However, this museum is not for a group, if you are going there as a part of a group, I suggest break the group in smaller unit not more than 5-6 pax. The shop has good collection of mask and other artifacts. Best part is to see the making of the mask.. dont forget to notice the tree in the compound..Balsa tree, which basically used to make these masks
Written 9 December 2018
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Barbora_Vo
Slovakia2 contributions
Very interesting place
Mar 2018 • Couples
Very interesting collection of mask with some really old pieces. You can also see the workshop, how they are made.
Written 24 March 2018
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amyrosylily
Asia46 contributions
Average visit
Dec 2017 • Couples
Lady in the shop offered guided tour, but she spoke and moved on so fast that I couldn’t really capture the stories behind the masks... there were descriptions on the wall, but the content was not as rich as what she said (even though I didn’t manage to capture a lot). Then after the tour, she reminded us THREE times to give donations...

No photos inside the museum, and no demonstration of production process.

As for the shop, I think the product quality is just average and quite pricey. I went to another wood craving workshop in Kandy, more selection and slightly lower price.
Written 31 December 2017
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Aravinda P
4 contributions
Kolam Mask
Oct 2017 • Couples
Nice and lot to learn. We have do all readings in the posters and got to know. Eaven for the Locals must visit this place and see. No entry fee Only donations.
Written 15 October 2017
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LondonE3Traveller
London, UK1,273 contributions
Shop worth visiting
Sep 2017 • Couples
Stopped here on a day trip. Good range of masks and products to buy. Quite expensive but at least the prices are on the products so you can see what they are. Museum is worth looking around for a couple of minutes.
Written 30 September 2017
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