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Tsunami Photo Museum

Templeroad | just north of Hikkaduwa, Telwatta, Sri Lanka
+94 91 3 900884
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Emotional, and a credit to the owners

Out of all the beautiful sights we saw, it was time to see not the beauty of nature, but the... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Martin O
Thought Provoking

This is not a fancy air conditioned museum. This is the real thing, a photo display within a home... read more

Reviewed 17 April 2018
DameJackie
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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Templeroad | just north of Hikkaduwa, Telwatta, Sri Lanka
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Out of all the beautiful sights we saw, it was time to see not the beauty of nature, but the effects of the destructive power of it. We were taken to a museum that a local woman had made in the ruins of her house...More

Thank Martin O
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Reviewed 17 April 2018

This is not a fancy air conditioned museum. This is the real thing, a photo display within a home destroyed and then rebuilt after the tsunami. This lady has opened up part of her home to share some very raw images and stories of that...More

1  Thank DameJackie
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Reviewed 16 April 2018

I was very interested in going here and read on TA that it would be emotional and it was! It's so sad to see all the photos of the destruction and of people suffering but also heart warming to see the first volunteers and people...More

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Reviewed 30 March 2018

We only visited one of the museums and this was located next to the Buddhist Memorial Statute and the 18 metre height of this represents the 2nd Killer Wave which was that height. The first wave after the sea had receded was 5 metres high...More

1  Thank Michael G
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Reviewed 14 March 2018 via mobile

This is one of two tsunami museums in Telwatta. Visit them both as their focus and displays are a little different. This one is very personal to the host, in whose house this display resides. Mrs Da Silva has gathered lots of interested before and...More

Thank Jo B
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Reviewed 9 March 2018

It was our first visit to a coast that was hit by the 2004 Tsunami and it was indeed a strange feeling. We spoke to many people to find out about their experience and it was very moving. In that context, the photo museum was...More

Thank EuropeanDiversity
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Reviewed 8 March 2018

26th December 2004 9.20am was a day that we will all never forget. This small home of a survivor has been turned into a small museum containing many pictures some very graphic from that devastating day and is not for the faint hearted in any...More

Thank Kep70
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Reviewed 20 February 2018 via mobile

A collection of large photos charting the course of the 26/12/2004 tsunami located in the remains of a tsunami damaged home and managed by its owner. The museum is free to visit. It is located opposite the turtle rescue centre and hatchery just outside Hikkaduwa.

Thank Gisdy
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Reviewed 20 February 2018

My wife and I visited the Tsunami Photo Museum at Telwatta and a very sobering experience it was too. This is a collection of photographs housed in the ruins of the house of one of the victims of the Tsunami. We were shown the battered...More

Thank Julian P
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Reviewed 30 January 2018

Don’t go to the community museum - come to the Photo Museum but do so with an open mind. If you are expecting the displays of a western museum, with an audio guide - you will not find it here. The museum is in what...More

Thank barrowboy60
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