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Community Tsunami Museum

95th Km of Galle Road, Hikkaduwa 80240, Sri Lanka
+94 77 731 6664
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Worth knowing the horrors ppl went through

As an Indian i have seen lots of TV coverage and photos of the horrors caused by Tsunami. Wanted to... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
venkat v
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Sad but a must visit

I knew what I was in for before arriving but I cried and cried and cried as I walked through the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
691georgeh
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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 Story and the director of Film Third Wave). This museum will take you a touching journey through science and history of 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami.
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  • Very good27%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“donation box” (24 reviews)
“lady who runs” (11 reviews)
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95th Km of Galle Road, Hikkaduwa 80240, Sri Lanka
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+94 77 731 6664
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

As an Indian i have seen lots of TV coverage and photos of the horrors caused by Tsunami. Wanted to see how badly it hit Srilanka. Saw some heart wrenching photos of that time. They have a collection of photos of troubled times during and...More

Thank venkat v
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I knew what I was in for before arriving but I cried and cried and cried as I walked through the museum. As a grown man I Was glad to be the only one there while in this state.. The lady who ran the museum...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a little building just outside Hikkaduwa. All it holds is information about how Tsunami's happened, photographs of the horrors that hit here on the Boxing -day 2004 (Dec 26). When you would visit the location, you will be the poorer for it and...More

Thank Titus D
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This museum is a very important stop for all tourist and locals alike, it brings back a memory of the power of natures hard cruel factor, the lady who runs this establishment is well trained and does a good job explaining about how the global...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Mrs Kamani de Silva and her family house the museum in what is left of their home. The horror and devastation of what the 2004 tsunami did to Sri Lanka can be viewed and felt in this humble place. It's a unedited view of events...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Definitely something I would recommend anyone visiting Hikkaduwa to go and see. Some of the photos could be upsetting to some people but it shows you the real effects to some families and homes

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Reviewed 7 June 2018

This museum is the work of one woman who survived the disaster and is located where her house once stood. It is not in any way a professional display but that adds to the authenticity of the stories. The very lovely lady running it is...More

Thank Annette T
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Reviewed 26 May 2018

We wanted to visit this museum because it is very much part of the story of this beautiful country. The museum leads you on a journey about the story of the Tsumani - images of the aftermath, the sadness of dead bodies and the amazing...More

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Reviewed 18 May 2018 via mobile

The lady who runs it is lovely. Nevertheless, as all reviews said it was free entry; she asked me 250rupees entrances (obviously not a big deal). However, when leaving she also expected me to make a donation. Dont expect the place to be to big,...More

Thank Paul B
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Reviewed 15 May 2018

Very real visit to the Tsunami Museum with many photos on the walls about their village and how it was affected. We found the guide exceptionally friendly and informative. Is certainly worth visiting and honoring in your travels to Sri Lanka. There is one room...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.
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Julie05092014
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.
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rosmin63
19 November 2015|
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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.
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