Tsunami Museum

Tsunami Museum information

Banda Aceh , Indonesia
Jl Iskandar Muda
Opening hours
9am-4.15pm Sat-Thu, noon-2pm Fri
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A visit to this hard-hitting museum commences with a walk through a dark, dripping tunnel that symbolises the tsunami waves, with plaintive, terrified voices and the sound of rushing water all around you. This is followed by a powerful set of images of the devastation projected from tombstone-like receptacles, and a circular chamber engraved with the names of the lost. Upstairs a very graphic short film is aired, along with photographs of rebuilding, loss, hopefulness, displacement and reunited families.

Other displays explain how earthquakes and tsunamis are created and how Aceh’s landscapes were altered by this one (look out for ‘before’ and ‘after’ scale models of the city).