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Aceh Tsunami Museum

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Aceh Tsunami Museum

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Idah H wrote a review Mar 2020
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia135 contributions42 helpful votes
It was a noble idea to set up the Tsunami Museum but many areas need upgrading or cleaning or just some TLC Still it was a worthwhile visit
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Jay Idris wrote a review Feb 2020
Bangi, Malaysia181 contributions23 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Paul B wrote a review Feb 2020
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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.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Esmady E wrote a review Feb 2020
Birmingham, United Kingdom3 contributions5 helpful votes
Good in term of information. Experience wise, lot can be improved. Some rooms were empty. It will be more interesting if there are staffs in every room for a live commentator. I found the commentator at masjids that involved in the disaster in 2004 done a lot more for a meaningful visit with their live experienced
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Aeisha wrote a review Dec 2019
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia380 contributions46 helpful votes
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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.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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