The Museum

One of the most illustrious collections of personal memorabilia, the museum contains about 600 items gifted to President Jayewardene by Kings, Queens and Heads of States and many other state and religious dignitaries the world around.

As one enters what strikes the eye is the large and ornate Maharishi Bell of Invincibility and the Torch of Pure Knowledge presented by His Holiness Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. To the right is a gold plated cannon and a gold plated sword with a jewel studded hilt in an ornate gilded scabbard. The cannon presented to President Jayewardene by the Commander of the Army in 1980 is said to be a replica of the cannon presented by Leuke Dissawe to King Sri Vijaya Raja Sinha (1737-1747 A.D)

Among other significant exhibits are:

  • Kammavaca Manuscript- a gilded manuscript written in Burmese brought to Sri Lanka (then Ceylon) during King Wimaladharmasooriya's reign for the Gatambe Upasampada Ceremony held on the river Mahaweli - an ordination of Buddhist monks in the seventeenth century.
  • A Gold coffee service presented by His Majesty the King of Saudi Arabia.
  • Official medals presented by His Holiness Pope Paul II
  • A gold plated Betel Tray presented by most venerable Sanga Raja of Thailand.
  • A Japanese incense Bowl presented by His Majesty Emperor Hirohito.
  • A Silver Dish and a painted Porcelain howl presented by Ms. Margaret Thatcher, Prime Munster of the United Kingdom.
  • Several Crystal Items.
  • Portraits of President Jayewardene by leading artists and several other portraits.
  • Solid gold items such as the coffee service, a Buddha Statue and large Gold Keys stored away under lock and key for security reasons.
  • A complete list of items in the museum is available for visitors at request.

Main Facilities

Auditorium

    Auditorium is a fully equipped reception hall hired out for wedding receptions and similar functions. It is also hired out at very subsidized rates for book
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Japanese museum

    Japanese museum is a separate entity housed in a separate hall which contains mainly mementos depicting exclusively Japanese art and culture.
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The Museum

    One of the most illustrious collections of personal memorabilia, the museum contains about 600 items gifted to President Jayewardene.
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Presidential Archives

    President Jayewardene was a man who believed in preserving everything he possessed for posterity. He had jealously preserved the diaries and most of the exercise books he used as a schoolboy
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The Library

    The library contains over 16000 books and publications mainly in English and Sinhala and a few in other languages such as Tamil, Hindi, Chinese and Japanese.
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The Ryugen Garden

    A replica of the gorgeous courtyards of the Japanese elite is a gift from Rev. Ryugen Tanaka as a token of gratitude to President Jayewardene
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Classes

    The J. R. Jayewardene Centre provides support services for classes conducted in various fields such as
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