The Traditional Puppet Art Museum - located a short distance away from the Dehiwela Zoo - is a fascinating place to visit. The museum houses a large number of hand-crafted puppets that depict various folktales and ancient stories, showcasing the rich Sri Lankan tradition of story-telling using puppets. The puppet museum comprises several galleries, each dedicated to types of puppets and traditional masks. Though most puppets at the museum are labelled in Sinhala, the staff are usually able to provide translations on request. Visitors to the museum must not miss out on the special gallery for traditional masks - containing a variety of traditional masks crafted by artists from Ambalangoda. The Traditional Puppet Art Museum also houses a mini-theatre which is often host to puppet shows.
Tickets cost around 100-200/= (additional charges apply for puppet shows)
Open daily (except on Mondays) from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Around 1 hour
Adults, Families, Young Adults, Senior Guests, Children
The traditional mask gallery
Muslim travellers who require prayer facilities at the Traditional Puppet Art Museum may visit some of the mosques in Dehiwela. The Dehiwala Jumma Mosque at Nandamithra Lane, Waidya Road Mosque and the Dehiwala Town Jumma Mosque on Galle Road are the three closest mosques to the Traditional Puppet Art Museum and can be visited during prayer times.
Muslim travellers looking for Halal food near the Traditional Puppet Art Museum can visit some of the numerous Halal restaurants in Dehiwela. A few prominent Halal restaurants near the Traditional Puppet Art Museum include Cafe Asiana on Hill Street, Burger's Hut on Zoo Road and The Sandwich Factory. There are a few lesser-prominent road-side Halal eateries directly in front of the puppet museum as well, but it is recommended that you confirm about the availability of Halal food prior to dining.