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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
Suggested duration: < 1 hour
95th Km of Galle Road, Hikkaduwa 80240, Sri Lanka
+94 77 731 6664
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Reviewed yesterday 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

Thank DonyaBow
Reviewed yesterday

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.

Thank Ian C
Reviewed 5 days ago

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

Thank 485suzanneo
Reviewed 1 week ago

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.

Thank Alan W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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

Thank ClaireS3386
Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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.

Thank Voyager813349
Reviewed 10 October 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

2  Thank Pioneer749954
Reviewed 3 October 2018

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

Thank Jason L
Reviewed 1 October 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

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Bawan S
10 February 2018|
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Response from SteveandJude | Reviewed this property |
You are asked to contribute 250Rs (£1.00), go, look, pay a lot more. It's not an appropriate time to haggle. The money is not for the guides.
6 February 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
19 November 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.