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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 November 14, 2018

A tiny bungalow of 3 rooms rebuilt after this terrible natural event. Informative, harrowing and uplifting. A must visit, it puts life into perspective. In future if I am having a bad day, I will remember 1 picture in particular and realise that nothing is...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed November 11, 2018

Knowledgeable guide showed the family around this small museum, takes about 30 minutes to view, explaining what happened geographically and geology wise. One wall, covered by a curtain, has many harrowing pictures of human suffering and the devastation caused. Very moving.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Alan W
Reviewed November 3, 2018 via mobile

A tiny little house that was rebuilt after the tsunami...sad but very emotional and well worth taking a little time our to understand exactly what happened to this beautiful place x

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank ClaireS3386
Reviewed October 25, 2018 via mobile

It consists of one room that is info posters which seem a copy and paste from the internet. The second room is a bit heavy with many of the pics consisting of dead bodies. The final room is many happy pictures of aid and children....More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank niallquinn1989
Reviewed October 21, 2018 via mobile

In the midst of relaxing on beautiful beaches, eating seafood etc a visit to the community tsunami museum is a reminder of recent tragedy and the rebuilding of hikkaduwa. Very moving.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 9, 2018

This very small but moving Tsunami Museum displays photos of the devastation caused by the Boxing Day Tsunami. I was met at the museum by a young Buddhist monk who explained the photos, some of which were very graphic. There is no cost to visit...More

Date of experience: October 2018
2  Thank Pioneer749954
Reviewed October 3, 2018

An educational and deeply moving experience detailing the Tsunami and it's effects, an emotional account of photography displayed.

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed October 1, 2018

We went here not because we asked to, but because a tuk tuk driver insisted that we stop by. The ticket was 200 rs, and I was later told that the tuk tuk driver will get a commission from it. It's a small place. The...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed September 30, 2018 via mobile

A small museum close to hikkaduwa beach where you can see the impact of the 2004 tsunami in pictures. Would definitely recommend to visit this place. No entrance fee but you can give a donation at the end. Hard to see what happened here in...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank dschamph
Reviewed September 25, 2018 via mobile

This is a very informative little set up that will take about half an hour to browse. It’s essentially a three roomed bungalow with lots of laminated info sheets and photos on the wall. A member of staff will sell you a ticket of entry...More

Date of experience: September 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.