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Community Tsunami Museum is aimed educating communities on Tsunami and preserve the memories of 2004 Tsunami. This museum is the continuation of the efforts of Third Wave Volunteers lead by Dr. Alison Thompson (author of The Third Wave - A volunteer...more
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95th Km of Galle Road, Hikkaduwa 80240, Sri Lanka
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Reviewed May 4, 2019 via mobile

Price is 500 rupees. Informative staff who were there on the day. Museum is designed to support preparedness and readiness for future disasters.

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank CristianF765
Reviewed April 29, 2019

There are some pictures which clearly show how bad the impact was. So stunning. They still have the foundation of the old house which was washed away.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Mohan A
Reviewed April 18, 2019 via mobile

The museum gave clearer picture of the tsunami tragedy happened in 2004. It displays gaphic photos taken during tsunami. You need to pay entrance fees! Cannot remember how much. You also need to open your shoes in the museum.

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank itskhairee
Reviewed April 18, 2019 via mobile

Loads of facts about the tsunami and many photos some graphic of the aftermath. Very sad and very humbling. Was the best experience of the day. Absolutely worth a visit if in the area.

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank Sallyhatesflying
Reviewed April 16, 2019

Solemn experience for travelers who want to know how the locals are expressing their grief and recovery.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank 674darrylt
Reviewed April 14, 2019 via mobile

We stopped here on our trip down to Galle and it was most memorable and important part of the day. Very informative and shocking. I was so appalled to see the true figures of the day, the scale of loss in countries other than Thailand...More

Date of experience: April 2019
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Reviewed April 13, 2019 via mobile

We visited this small museum thinking we knew about the Tsunami of 2014 from the British press. How wrong we were, everything in the UK mainly related to Thailand not the many more thousands of lives lost in Sri Lanka. The young man that talked...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank Cathy L
Reviewed April 11, 2019

A small moving museum filled with harrowing images of that day. The owner has rebuilt her home into a small photo gallery and she can explain the day as she recalls.

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank Samantha M
Reviewed April 10, 2019

Amazing photos showing what happened - until you see it you just don't understand the devastation that took place. so many people lost their lives and homes. Just hope it never happens again.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank 572elainec
Reviewed April 2, 2019 via mobile

This centre an museum brought us back to December 2004 where so many locals and foreigners lost their lives as there was no warning of the impending Tsunami. Thankfully in later times there are now warning buoys placed at sea which are monitored by stations...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank KLG62
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Bawan S
February 9, 2018|
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Response from I6103NRchrism | Reviewed this property |
Donation only
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Julie05092014
February 5, 2018|
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Response from Dramaqueenhelen | Reviewed this property |
We relied on our driver so I don’t know but assume 7 days a week at this popular time of year. Maybe , ask your tour operator or driver.
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rosemary m
November 19, 2015|
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Response from estheru21 | Reviewed this property |
Hi. It is still located in a shack which is part of the original structure reconstructed. No. The new memorial is not built yet. However there is another hut located in the same compound with more photographs of the disaster.
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