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Museum Tsunami Aceh, Banda Aceh

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Remember the tragedy caused by a major natural disaster at Museum Tsunami Aceh. Enter the building through a narrow corridor between two high walls of falling water, recreating a small fraction of the terrible power of the 2004 tsunami. Inside, find a large open space for contemplation, as well as pictures, videos, recovered objects, and names of those lost in the disaster. Some of the images are quite graphic, which may not make this attraction suitable for young children. The building also serves as an emergency shelter, in case of future tsunamis. Arrange your visit to Museum Tsunami Aceh and discover more family-friendly attractions in Banda Aceh using our Banda Aceh vacation builder.
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  • Tempat oke & nyaman dikunjungi. Banyak cerita pada saat kejadian tsunami dan menjadi bukti sejarah sebagai bencana terbesar di dunia  more »
  • Allahuakbar and kunfayakuun. This place make me cry how big tsunami impact and attack. Many tsunami documentation here.  more »
  • Musium ini merupakan gambaran bagaimana saat tsunami terjadi.. mulai dr foto2 setelah terjadiny tsunami, benda2 yg tersisa pd saat tsunami, suara air pd saat terjadinya tsunami, nama2 korban, negara y...  more »
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  • This is actually the first time that I really get into this museum. I've visited here for two times, but every time there was something that stop us from entering. Finally, in this visit together with Prof. Wang, we entered. This is really a good place especially for understanding the happening and the recovery of the 2004 Tsunami in the history. The museum was built by the former mayor here in Aceh, and this is really a symbol of rebirth. The featuring entrance hall way, which is narrow, dark, with water falling from the two sides, with the sounds of chanting, really impressed me. It is to say the imitation of the presentation when Tsunami strikes and the sounds it makes.
  • Fantastic architecture, I believe it design and build by modern society. It's do the work to educate 2004 tsunami. Also the Must see place in Arch. But you do feel that local people is incapable to maintain the quality. The soft material is not well organized and not comprehensive as I expect. Most of picture, words, video are vague and hard to read. And close 2 hours in lunch time, really not good for tourist.
  • Amazing architecture. Noble value. Important history.
  • The visitor will feel very deep all the tsunami. The building is great and is free entrance. I think they must improve the audiovisual staff, it looks done by a non professional people. Most of the interaction galleries didn't work when we visited it
  • This is an inspiration in museum design - visitors can relive the sad catastrophy and the impact to the Aceh region from the way the museum is designed. The "peace" sunroof chamber and the tranquility pond also add to the remembrance. Sadly it's not well maintained, the toilets are extremely dirty, not working and disgusting. The educational display about geology and tsunami preparedness is quite good but can be improved.

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Backpackers looking for budget-friendly accommodations will tend to struggle in Banda Aceh, as most of the affordable hotels, bed and breakfasts, and hostels don't seem to accept foreign tourists. The budget-conscious may want to check out lodgings in nearby Pulau Weh. midrange options exist in convenient locations, however, with nearby amenities such as supermarkets, museums, restaurants, and Internet cafes generally within walking distance. Do bring a phrasebook, as not all hosts or hotel staff will speak English.
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