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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
+94 77 731 6664
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Reviewed December 24, 2018 via mobile

Perhaps it was because of the western media, or perhaps I was so young, that I missed the devastation on Sri Lanka when the waves hit. I didn't understand the magnitude of the disaster. The museum shows a no holes barred snapshot of that day,...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed December 19, 2018

Saw as part of a tour from New Berlin tours. Left one member of our party in tears. Understated with heartbreaking photographs as well as plenty of information

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Peter C
Reviewed December 15, 2018

Would definitely recommend a visit to this sobering & extremely informative museum, The staff are very lovely & helpful & very good at explaining everything.

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed December 12, 2018

Visiting the tsunami museum was a very eye opening experience, you got a real feel of the impact of the 2004 tsunami. It was very graphic and intense. With the first room you enter showing the scienitifc side of the tsunami, the second and third...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed December 8, 2018 via mobile

Worth visiting museum with real photos from tsunami affected areas. Very touching and sad but also interesting. Lady which showed us around was able to answer all of our questions in very good English. Excellent. Tickets are around £2 each and also you can make...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed December 6, 2018

I have visited SriLanka 13 times, first time 2 years after the Tsunami, and it was only last year I decided to visit the museum because I was afraid of what I would see. The photos are very graphic, as I expected, but it certainly...More

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank Armin C
Novil W, Guest Relations Manager at Community Tsunami Museum, responded to this reviewResponded December 8, 2018

Thank you very much for visiting. The country is very grateful to all those who built and donated houses from various countries. There was a plan to have a no-build zone of 200m, but it did not succeed. The Indian Ocean Tsunami Early-warning System is...More

Reviewed December 5, 2018 via mobile

It’s a small museum and packs a punch. The staff are very friendly and on hand to answer any questions (with very impressive English). It’s incredibly sad, but educational at the same time. It lays it all out for you in a way that you...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed November 21, 2018

I bring all of my friends here as I believe it is important for holidaying visitors to understand a little of the area’s recent history. There is no entrance fee but donations help to keep this museum running & help to preserve the information inside....More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Sleepylynne
Reviewed November 18, 2018 via mobile

It was quite emotional seeing the photos and we learnt so much about tsunamis. It’s something we should all be taught about in life, if people knew all the signs that come before a tsunami before, so many more people would have survived. All of...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank DonyaBow
Reviewed November 18, 2018

A very interesting and moving hour spent at this tiny museum in a location near the eye of the tsunami. Well worth a visit if in the area.

Date of experience: November 2018
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Bawan S
February 9, 2018|
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Response from I6103NRchrism | Reviewed this property |
Donation only
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.
rosemary m
November 19, 2015|
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.