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Tsunami Photo Museum

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Address: Templeroad | just north of Hikkaduwa, Telwatta, Sri Lanka
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+94 91 3 900884

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Well worth the trip despite the sadness of the place

We hired a driver and came through during our trip from induruwa to unwatuna. Make sure you don't miss this as it really does highlight how devastating the event was. This only... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
TKandJT
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London
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We hired a driver and came through during our trip from induruwa to unwatuna. Make sure you don't miss this as it really does highlight how devastating the event was. This only requires donations to enter but it is well worth it!

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Thank TKandJT
London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2016

we stopped here just before sunset on our way back from Galle . to say i was very moved by the visit would be an understatement , we have no idea living in the uk what those people went through and we have no notion of the horror they lived through . there was a lady in the museum ,... More 

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Thank binkynsteve
Croydon, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2016

We stopped here on our way to Galle. It´s a photography collection of this big natural dissaster, and there are other items such pictures from kids that experienced and survived the tsunami. It´s really moving and you can see people crying when reading comments, posters or watching the pictures. You can´t probably feel what it was like that day, but... More 

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Thank Carlos C
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

A very humbling and timely reminder of what's important in life...This was a stop off as part of a 1 day Galle tour, and one that duly warranted making some monetary contribution, unlike the Moonstone mine and Spice Garden stops beforehand. A photo history of before/after showing the terrible ordeal experienced and how life changed forever for generations of families.... More 

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Horsham, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2016 via mobile

Came to visit as some other people on the tour had been and said we had to go. Took a tuk tuk as not very far from hikkaduwa where we were staying. It's so moving. There are photos of the devastation that was caused, both to people and buildings. Messages and accounts from people who survived. Seeing and reading brought... More 

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Thank Olivia E
Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016 via mobile

This collection of photographs memorialising the event and 40,000 Sri Lankans who lost their lives in the Boxing Day tsunami of 2004 is privately run by a woman whose home was washed away that day. It's small size shouldn't put you off as it has a huge impact. It is kept going on donations. All these years on you see... More 

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Thank Chelenb33
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2016 via mobile

Definitely worth going. A touching experience when you talk to the owner and her stories. Conveniently located and easy to find.

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Bahrain
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 August 2016 via mobile

This is a free visit although I'd advise a donation in one of the supplied boxes. Very humbled hearing about the sheer devastation the tsunami caused including the social impact. We heard first hand accounts regarding some of the survivors, including the volunteers who helped the rehabilitation of the Sri Lankan community after this natural disaster and the devastating impact... More 

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Bangkok, Thailand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2016 via mobile

Our tuk tuk driver was taking us to the official museum but a local volunteer had told us to check this one out too. Basically this is a home of a family that was affected by the tsunami. So everything here is personal and real. Although there are facts and numbers, you can experience the reality and sadness of the... More 

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Thank Shayan N
Ho Chi Minh City
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 June 2016

Its not fancy but this humble establishment retains the memory of what was a truly awful day for so much of south east asia. It is worth the trip from Galle to Telwatta - the photos are moving and explain just what a terrifying phenomena it was. Entry free but make a donation

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