Aceh Tsunami Museum : A Museum to commemorate the tsunami victim 2004


Aceh Tsunami Museum  is a museum to commemorate the 230,000 peoples who died in the 2004 Asian tsunami disaster, especially at Nanggroe Aceh Darussalam on 26 December 2008.

The museum is located at Jalan Iskandar Muda, Banda Aceh, the museum is open daily (except Friday) at 10:00 to 12:00 and 15:00 to 17:00. The building houses on stilts style is quite unique in that when viewed from a distance resembles a ship with a chimney.

The Aceh Tsunami Museum was designed by Indonesian architect Ridwan Kamil. The museum is a 2,500 m2 four-story structure; its long curving walls covered in geometric reliefs. Inside, visitors enter through a dark, narrow corridor between two high walls of water — meant to recreate the noise and panic of the tsunami itself. The museum walls are adorned with images of people performing the Saman dance, a symbolic gesture dedicated to the strength, discipline and religious beliefs of the Acehnese people. From above, the roof resembles a tidal wave. The ground floor is modelled on the kind of traditional raised Acehnese houses that were best equipped to survive the tsunami. 

Entering Tsunami Museum, we can sense of atmosphere at the time of the disaster occurred.  All are recorded in photographs Banda Aceh tsunami presented in the monitor screen in down hall. Before going into down hall called “wells prayer “ we will go through very interestering and architecturally building with its spiral walk way. In there, we will see the film, photos and info the earthquake and tsunami that we were unaware of before.

On the second floor contains a form of learning media library, props, room 4D (four dimensions), and souvenir shop. Some props are displayed among other things, the design of earthquake resistant buildings, as well as a model diagram of the earth fault. There are some facilities continue to be refined as the space disaster paintings, dioramas, libraries, 4-dimensional space, and cafe.


According to a museum designed by local architect Ridwan Kamil, the Museum was built with the function for commemorating the victims of tsunami disaster;  for tsunami research center and learning tsunami disaster; as a symbol of the strength of the people of Aceh in the tsunami disaster; as a legacy to future generations in Aceh in the form of messages that have occurred in the tsunami region; and also to remind earthquake hazards and tsunami that threaten the region of Indonesia. This is because Indonesia is located in the "fire ring" Pacific volcanic belt, and the path that encircle the Pacific Basin. Region is a local ring of fire that often by the earthquake could trigger a tsunami.


Finally, Just come to visit Aceh. Your visit to Aceh Tsunami Museum will not be in vain because the museum building is loaded with the value of local knowledge and are designed with the concept memimesis ship and from the outside looks like a chimney so far unique to be recorded in your camera.