Remembering the Natural Disaster
The tsunami that occurred on Boxing Day in 2004 is considered to be one of the largest natural disasters the island has ever faced, as many coastal towns were directly affected. The Tsunami Museum is the perfect representation of that natural disaster, as it possesses a great collection of artefacts, and relics that provide reminders of the harrowing event. Located in close proximity to the Hikkaduwa Beach, the Tsunami Museum also acts showcases a bit of the town’s heritage, as it narrates how things were before the natural disaster struck the coastal town.
Artefacts and Photographic Accounts
Presently, the Tsunami Museum possesses geological models of how the natural disaster occurred in the first place and how they are measured, along with many photographs of the devastating effects that were brought to the town by the superwave in addition to the traditional artefacts. Many personal accounts of the people who were deeply affected from the tsunami are plastered on the wall as a stark reminder. However, the museum also showcases how the town of Hikkaduwa bounced back from the natural disaster after several collective efforts along with international aid. The museum certainly gives a comprehensive report about the terrible impact of tsunamis by taking the incident that occurred in 2004 as the prime example.