The tsunami museum was built to commemorate the enormity of the disaster that hit Aceh in 2004. The Tsunami Museum was designed by an architect, who is now the Governor of West Java Province, Ridwan Kamil.
When designing this building, the mayor of Bandung was still a lecturer. He won the museum building design competition held in 2007.
The Tsunami Museum has become the second icon of Banda Aceh City after the Baiturrahman Grand Mosque. The distance between the two places is not too far away, just a five minute walk.
The Aceh Tsunami Museum consists of four floors. Its roof is the location of rescue and protection from the tsunami waves. This museum has area about 2,500 square meters. The building has architecture of a curve which is covered with geometric reliefs. When viewed from above, this building resembles the shape of a ship.
The museum also presents a tense atmosphere when the seconds of the sea waves roar hit Aceh. On each floor, there are also photos of Banda Aceh post-tsunami, artifacts and tsunami debris.
Aside from being a symbolic monument, the Tsunami Museum also has function as a center for education and information about disasters. In addition, this place also becomes the evacuation centre if at any time the similar disaster returns.
Every day, the Tsunami Museum is crowded with tourists, from inside and outside the country. Ahead of the tsunami memorial that is commemorated every December 26, the museum is increasingly crowded.
The Most Popular Museum 2018
The Aceh Tsunami Museum has won an award as the Popular Museum from Indonesia Museum Award event in 2018. The award was given by the Indonesian Museum Award submitted by Prof. Edi Sedyawati (archaeologist) and received by Rasyidah on October 14.
In the event, the Tsunami Museum competed with 400 other museums throughout Indonesia. In this event, there are six categories of awards, namely Smart Museum, Sustainable Museum, Friendly Museum, Unique Museum, Popular Museum, and Creative Museum. The jury then chose to determine a winner for each category.
The Aceh Tsunami Museum was chosen as the most popular museum among other 400 museum in Indonesia.
Reporter : Munawar Hafizhi
Photographer : Mustawazir
Editor : Ayu ‘Ulya