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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 a visit - however view with caution with children

A very informative small museum that only take 30mins to visit. It is completely shocking to see what the poor people of Sri Lanka were subjected to 13 years ago. It must not be... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Bristol, United Kingdom
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A very informative small museum that only take 30mins to visit. It is completely shocking to see what the poor people of Sri Lanka were subjected to 13 years ago. It must not be forgotten. However - WORD OF CAUTION - I took my 8 and 10 year old children and while the first room was very interesting and informative,... More 

Thank Babyshouts
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4 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This small, rough building has an incredible display of photos. The signs are hand lettered with lots of English misspellings which, to me, gave it authenticity and credibility. It definitely is not slick and professional. It is raw and heartfelt. We are very grateful our tuk tuk driver recommended it or we would not have been aware of its existence.

Thank Prudy N
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2016 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!

Thank TKandJT
London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 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 

Thank binkynsteve
Croydon, United Kingdom
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39 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
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 

Thank Carlos C
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
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 

Thank GWC1964
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 

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 

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.

Thank reddottraveller
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
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 

Thank Jayne G

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