Tsunami Photo Museum
Tsunami Photo Museum
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GregFirth
Greater London, UK128 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
Step away from the perfect beaches, sunsets and cocktails of Hikkaduwa for a moment, to pay this important piece of Sri Lankan modern history a visit.

After taking a Tuk Tuk to the Turtle Sanctuary, we walked the short walk along the main road. Past the monument to the unknown dead, of the train that was his by the tsunami and past one of the actual train carriages.

The museum is run by a lovely man who took us round each room, detailing the experience of the locals and his person stories. He lost family and still bares the scared on his body today of that fateful down in 2004.

Some of the photos graphic but it’s incredibly sobering to remember this recent piece of the countries history. No entrance fee, the museum is run on donations. Which are donated to charities helping those who’s lives are still affected by the events today.

The owner even tried to give us bus fare back to Hikkaduwa!
Written January 16, 2020
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RavWoj
Rybnik, Poland729 contributions
Feb 2020
One cannot miss this if one wants to understand and feel the tragedy of tsunami. Photos, handwritten comments and descriptions make unimaginable impression. It is really hard to read and watch some of the drastic pictures. Tear come to the eyes.
Written February 18, 2020
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Ando
Shenyang, China28 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
I remember when I saw the first horrific footage in the news on tv 2004. I just saw that there are people who wants to share their scenes and life after. Sawing all this pictures and explanation, I was somehow speechless. So it is worth to visit it, even when it is very sad. The pictures are telling you more than I could write here.

I have only made some pictures from the trees around the scene, which have been damaged but not disrooted from the impact.
The Buddha is also on the way to the museum.
Written January 31, 2020
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Gabi P
Sydney, Australia128 contributions
Jan 2020
This is a small museum but it has great information. It is a sad experience visiting and there are some horrific photos, but they are covered with a curtain so looking at those is optional. There is a room that describes what tsunamis are and gives a brief history. It's incredible when you look at the comparison of how many people died altogether. Very very sad. It's nice that you can make donations to children who lost their families and other sufferers of the tsunami. Worth a visit.
Written February 8, 2020
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Peter O'Sullivan
Hampshire, UK16 contributions
Jan 2013 • Family
We visited the Tsunami museum at Parelyia, Telwatta almost by chance. It is half way (more or less) between Bentota and Galle in Sri Lanka. on the coast road (not the new Express Highway). Our guide offered us a dozen places (turtle farm, mask factories, gem 'superstores', etc.) that we should visit between Bentota and Galle.
We told him that we wanted to go (en route) only to the Tsunami photo museum and to the Maritime Archaeology Museum in Galle and the Rampart restaurant in Galle port
We recommend everybody to Google, check TripAdvisor (etc.) and make their decisions… and tell their guides where they want to go
Anyway we arrived at this rather inconspicuous bungalow on the side of the road, called ‘Tsunami Photo’
We went in, we looked, we were totally taken aback, we cried for an hour and we left… not knowing what we had just experienced
It is very difficult to describe our experience. We simply encourage anybody visiting Sri Lanka to visit this very simple ‘reality’ museum’ – photos.
Newspaper cuttings, children's drawings, please for help … capturing what happened when on Boxing Day in 2004. 40,000 people died in Sri Lanka, and a total of a quarter of million in all the countries of the Indian Ocean.
One of the most poignant anecdotes captured by the photographs is that of the train that was running on the line about 300 metres from the Ocean. After the first wave (there were two) the train stopped at Parelyia, Telwatta. Local people ran from the beach and boarded the train seeking safety. The second wave (at a height of the palm trees and telephone lines) crushed the train and killed almost 2000 people. The guard’s story (he helped people onto the train and he survived) is told in the museum.
When we left t the museum our guide offered us a tissue; he knew we were struggling to come to terms with our experience.
We are grateful to Kamani de Silva who looks after this museum and Jacky van Oostveen in the Netherlands (00310630266520 / info@kunstkoffer.nl) for their work in keeping the story of the 2004 Tsunami alive
Written January 23, 2013
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shazrnz
Christchurch, New Zealand60 contributions
Jul 2018
We arrived in a tuk tuk from the River House. A pleasant drive along the area which was hit. Arrived at the Museum which was created by the lady that lived their and a foreigners help. Amazing detail and pictures. All so very raw and incredibly sad. Heartbreaking stories from children as well as adults. The lady was so informative, and was a true delight to talk to. A donation box for the Cancer Society was a very special touch. So much loss and she is still thinking of others. Well worth a visit.
Written August 23, 2018
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EleHunter
Surrey, UK52 contributions
Mar 2011
This small museum off the main road on the main Galle to Bentota Road and not far from the Tsunami memorial is a must visit. It is only small and the pictures are ragged, but who stops to take pictures with tsunami coming at you? Mrs Di Silva hersef a victim uses her old house for the museum. She survived by running 2 kms inland. Nearby is the site where a train with 1000 people on board were swept away, the engine ended up 5kms inland. Make sure you go to the room at the back which has pictures drawn by the children as their pictorial record of a day which changed their lives.
Written March 6, 2011
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Sriyakka
Sheffield, UK10 contributions
Jun 2018 • Friends
The Tsunami Photo Museum has been built with lot of love and passion. The photos, the collection of things and the stories touch the heart deeply. I remember watching the news when I was only 18. I remember my parents trying to reach family in Sri-Lanka to see if everyone was okay. We were one of the lucky families, with no victims, however we knew many that has suffered great losses. This museum is a reminder of the power of nature and how people can come together to overcome the pain and destructive. I recommended everyone visiting Sri-Lanka to visit. The museum also helps collect monies to help people who are in desperate need of medication, so please when you go spare some Rupees to help.
Written August 9, 2018
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truvoice
Kuala Lumpur39 contributions
Jun 2012 • Family
Certainly this Photo Museum is worth visiting than all those places waiting to punch holes in our pocket. No entrance fee. But I think whoever visits certainly will DONATE. A great place to reminisce 2004 Tsunami. Thanks to the volunteers and people who have set up this Photo Museum. Great effort and hope through this review visitors would spare some time at this museum.
Written July 3, 2012
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Jessy C
Zurich, Switzerland15 contributions
Nov 2019 • Couples
A very sad but impressive experience and a must see having been to Sri Lanka.
Lal was very kind and brought us the horrific happenings of 2004 tsunami at heart. His hospitality was incredibly friendly and personal, he even accompanied us to the moonstone museum, so we could not get lost :)
Written November 5, 2019
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