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Community Tsunami Museum

95th Km of Galle Road, Hikkaduwa 80240, Sri Lanka
+94 77 731 6664
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A touching essential place to visit

Mrs Kamani de Silva and her family house the museum in what is left of their home. The horror and... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Jennifer-Ann M
via mobile
Very sobering visit

Definitely something I would recommend anyone visiting Hikkaduwa to go and see. Some of the photos... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
jacob g
via mobile
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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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  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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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 3 days 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 1 week 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

Thank jacob g
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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

Thank hall3195
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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 14 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

Thank QldKell
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Reviewed 2 May 2018 via mobile

We stopped by the museum to get a better insight into the Tsunami. Our kids were also keen to learn, however we sent them out of the building when we realised that a lot of the photos were taken at the time and therefore showed...More

Thank Megan W
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Reviewed 27 April 2018

Obviously one visits in a sombre and respectful way. The museum is very small and feels somewhat haphazard, but there are some interesting insights to be gained.there. Some of the photos may be considered gruesome to some, but they do reflect the harsh / ugly...More

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Reviewed 24 April 2018

It make you feel for the people living in Sri Lanka. This was huge tragedy for all and you can see a small piece of it. Be greatfull for what you have because it can be gone in a flash. Thank you

Thank Roksana_L
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Reviewed 22 April 2018

The museum in Hikkaduwa is a just a glimpse of a devastating disaster happened to this island. Picture will tell the story…but once visited you will start to feel too. Visit the Tsunami Monument at the walking distant closer to the Buddha statue.

Thank Sisira S
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Bawan S
9 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
5 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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