Trip Planner:   Asia  /  Sri Lanka  /  Southern Province  /  Hikkaduwa  /  Museums  /  Community Tsunami Museum

Community Tsunami Museum, Hikkaduwa

(4.5/5 based on 260+ reviews on the web)
Take an emotional journey through the history of the 2004 tsunami at Community Tsunami Museum. This museum educates communities about the dangers of tsunamis, while commemorating the 2004 tragedy that claimed so many lives. The tour starts with geological explanations, describing how tsunamis occur, how they are measured, and what warning systems can do to minimize the damage when one does strike. You'll continue on to see photographs of the area after the tsunami, giving you a sense of how the disaster affected Sri Lanka, and how people banded together to repair the damage across the island. Read the stories of people who survived and get a sense of the true horrors of this tragedy. Use our Hikkaduwa tourist route planner to arrange your visit to Community Tsunami Museum and other attractions in Hikkaduwa.
Create a full Hikkaduwa itinerary
map

Plan your trip to Hikkaduwa

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Plans in Hikkaduwa by other users

3 days in Hikkaduwa BY A USER FROM MALDIVES June, popular PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 4 days in Hikkaduwa BY A USER FROM UNITED ARAB EMIRATES April, outdoors, fast-paced, popular PREFERENCES: April, outdoors ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Fast-paced 1 day in Hikkaduwa BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM May, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, popular PREFERENCES: May, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 3 days in Hikkaduwa BY A USER FROM SRI LANKA June, popular PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 20 days in Sri Lanka BY A USER FROM CYPRUS May, culture, romantic, beaches, historic sites, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: May, culture, romantic, beaches, historic sites, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 24 days in Sri Lanka BY A USER FROM CYPRUS May, culture, romantic, beaches, historic sites, popular PREFERENCES: May, culture, romantic, beaches, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 14 days in Sri Lanka BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM June, culture, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, popular PREFERENCES: June, culture, relaxing, beaches, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 1 day in Hikkaduwa BY A USER FROM INDIA May, kids, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, museums, hidden gems PREFERENCES: May, kids, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 31 days in Sri Lanka BY A USER FROM NETHERLANDS June, outdoors, beaches, fast-paced, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: June, outdoors, beaches ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Fast-paced 2 days in Hikkaduwa BY A USER FROM SRI LANKA May, relaxing, romantic, beaches, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: May, relaxing, romantic, beaches, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 31 days in Sri Lanka BY A USER FROM NETHERLANDS May, popular PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 14 days in Sri Lanka BY A USER FROM NETHERLANDS December, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: December, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium
View more plans
Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • Nothing comes close to even begin to imagine what these people went through during this tough time. This museum is a great eye opener which puts together some personal accounts of the tragedy as long ...  more »
  • This is a very good museum to visit. It is very informative about the tsunami. There is no cost to visit must donations are welcomed.  more »
  • A photo museum documenting the devastation of the tsunami. Very touching experience. The lady who works there gave us a great insight as to how the lives of the locals and the area were affected.  more »
Google
  • It gives you a very sad feeling but also a good reminder of how nature can become devastating. There was plenty of information and lots of pics about the fatal 2004 Tsunami.
  • Can't take photos inside but a nice low budget museum. They'll ask you for tips when you leave though.
  • This is a an excellent little stop. Take half an hour between towns and see amazing collection of photos, some of them very graphic and upsetting, and get better understanding of the tsunami. Simple donation only and the curator gave excellent tour and explanations of photos.
  • 50+ feet Buddha statue
  • 50+ feet Buddha statue is in front of your eyes