Aceh Tsunami Museum

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Jay Idris
Bangi, Malaysia181 contributions
This is a museum designed as a symbolic reminder of the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami disaster, as well as an educational center and an emergency disaster shelter in case the area is ever hit by a tsunami again. The building was awesome in design but went you walk in it was rundown and not well maintain.

The building has a very unique architecture. It provides all history about Tsunami Aceh 2004. Sadly the museum does not do justice to the weight and the severity of the tragic event. I feel it could have done more to show the devastating effect of the tsunami. The displays aren't too exciting. It is an experience easily forgotten. But of course the significance of the ordeal should not be undermined.
Inside we can watch audiovisual that plays the footage of the tsunami in Aceh. There is a part of the room in that building which is contain of name of people who died in that tragedy.
Some of the exhibits were not ready (not even put up), and of those that were there, many of them were not in working condition. There were however a couple of exhibits which captured quite well the stark emotion of the aftermath.
Entrance fee is also really cheap. Its open daily from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.
Overall, it was a nice and informative experience.
Written February 26, 2020
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Star707
Star707, Sydney610 contributions
Couples
This museum located in Jalan Sultan Iskandar in Banda Aceh is of the new genre of museology. It offers not only the traditional displays of artifacts, but creates an emotional space within which to experience the impact of the 2004 Boxing Day Indian Ocean tsunami. The entry to this place, the Lorong Tsunami, is an invitation to experience for a moment the naked horror, magnitude and terror of being inside the wave. You walk downwards into a darkened place which recreates the dimensions of the wave closing above you, you hear the roar of the water, the despairing cries of the people caught within it, you experience the dampness of the soaring walls of water and wetness of the wave upon your face and arms. Now you are ready to process whatever else this place has to offer you. There is a section for interactive educational activities, there are displays of photographs of the moments and days immediately after the disaster as people tried to process what had happened and the outside world rushed in to bring assistance to survivors. It is hard to fully grasp the devastation of those fateful 15 minutes the massive carnage that it wreaked. With an excellent display of dioramas, audio visual suites, a library, and visual explanation of the geological phenomenon which creates a tsunami you begin to grasp how this came to pass. It offers this very religious Province a scientific explanation of what happened to them. The museum is designed to also be a memorial and a place for the Acehnese to mourn. The Lobby section is a beautifully calm space with bollards engraved with the names of the nations who provided assistance. People can amble about a central water feature. This depicts water in its calm, nurturing and soothing mood. You can look to the outside and see the calmness of the city environs and the old Dutch cemetery. There is a memorial hall and a section of walls with the names of the victims which gives a visual confrontation of the numbers of people who died. On any day you will see numbers of local young people hanging out here. It offers them a way to process the almost unspeakable events which befell their elders. This excellent place should be on everyone's itinerary who travels to Aceh for whatever purpose. We travelled to Banda Aceh for a reunion of a team of people who worked on the reconstruction of Aceh post the tsunami. For us, this place offered a focus for all of the effort that nations poured into Aceh to help people pick up the threads of their lives and move on into their future. Entrance is free.
Written January 24, 2013
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Jeff J
Barrie, Canada695 contributions
Business
Great attraction for Banda Aceh. Not only is it completely Free (free parking, free admission, free movie inside) but it is informative, educational, emotional considering the tales of destruction inside and also Safe. It is Safe because it is a giant three story building made of concrete (Three high ceiling floors, so equivellant of six stories) and thus it is also a tsunami shelter for the people should another disaster happen in this Earthquake zone of the world. Very impressed.
Written April 1, 2015
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Paul B
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Family
In Banda Aceh you definitely need to take a few minutes to visit the Tsunami Museum. It was a major, devastating event that killed 1 in 5 people here, ended a long-simmering war, and shaped the life of this town. Sadly, the museum was poorly designed to begin with and has been left to fall apart in a mere 15 years. There's no timeline of the day of the earthquake and no model of the area affected showing the epicenter, and how the waves hit land around the Indian Ocean basin. Perhaps originally this kind of critical information was conveyed by one of the broken computer monitors that supposedly hosted an interactive display at one time. But, sadly, all of these are broken now. Other than a short movie with original footage from people's phones and a few photos, there's very little here to bring the event to life and explain it. Most rooms are empty or have these broken interactive displays.
Written February 16, 2020
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Alex J
Athens, Greece1,161 contributions
The museum is not really worth visiting - a visit to the ship PLTD Apung 1 is much more informative.
Few displays, many rooms are closed off. The supposed tsunami experience (feeling water, hearing sounds) is ridiculous.
Displays are not explained in English.
We spent most of the time on moving from one floor to another than actually seeing anything.
Written September 12, 2019
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Hany Lai
Surabaya, Indonesia27 contributions
Friends
The building is very beautiful , tall and artistic. It seems good from outside. But inside, I think there are still many space or room for display something there. A big building with a little display there. So wasting space
Written January 27, 2015
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Kim B
Hong Kong14 contributions
Disappointed as just tried to go to the museum but it's closed on a Monday....only in Aceh for the day so will miss it this trip unfortunately. I did get a driver to take me to the tanker ship that the tsunami dumped 5km from the sea though..... This ship is huge and gives you an insite into just how powerful the tsunami was and the devistation it caused. Some of the pictures in the gallery there ate a little disturbing and bought a fre tears. I also managed to see the boat on a house roof. Banda Aceh have recovered well from such an awful ordeal but good to see they are remembering in some ways too. As a final point the people in Banda Aceh are so happy, warm
and helpful, very different to other Indonesian cities that I've experienced.
Written July 8, 2013
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Aeisha
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia384 contributions
Friends
The entrance is free because it is the month of remembering Tsunami. The building design is impressive and the entrance ambience is a highlight. Next, you can see the list of Tsunami victims and also visual during the tsunami.

The exhibit area is well coordinated but I observed quite a number of exhibits or facilities are no longer in place. Plus, we didn't come across to any staff of volunteers that we can ask further. Basically, you need to explore this place on your own but don't be afraid becsuse you will not get lost.

This is a must visit place if you visit Acheh, together with other Tsunami attractions.
Written December 29, 2019
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Jorien H
Apeldoorn, The Netherlands25 contributions
Couples
When you enter the museum, you walk through a dark hall with water coming down the walls. Aceh has lost so many people to the tsunami, and this is displayed through a wall full of names. This was impressive to see. The rest of the museum is disappointing: often no text or only text in Bahasa was provided; very big rooms are filled only with limited images. We only needed 30 minutes to walk through it, and that was already long compared to the exhibition available.
Written December 10, 2019
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Tia Claudia
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Couples
I went there with my office colleagues. they charge ticket 3.000 for local people and 10.000 for foreigner. the current condition of the museum is devastating. Rooms are empty, exhibition walls are placed untidy. walls are losing colours. And mostly annoying is they don’t show the only interesting material like the 30minutes video in the time between 12-2PM. it was waste of time.
Written November 5, 2019
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