Located at Jalan Iskandar Muda, Banda Aceh, the museum is open every day (except Friday) at 10:00 to 12:00 and 15:00 to 17:00. The style of this building is quite unique, it has stage house style or Rumah Panggung, and it resembles a ship with a chimney, when we see from far.
Inside the museum, you can find a narrow hallway with rumble noises waterwall on both sides as if to remind the enormity of the tsunami. Aceh Tsunami Museum displays an electronic simulation of the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake, the photographs of the victims and the stories of the survivors.
The model of the building is the result of contest winners, who is M.Ridwan Kamil (the Lecturer in Architecture from Bandung Institute of Technology) with the idea of building, is Rumoh Aceh as Escape Hill. The museum building plans are analogous to ocean wave’s tsunami epicenter. The traditional elements such as Tari Saman have been translated in the outer skin of the building exterior.
This Museum that was built with Rp 70 billion funds has 2 stairs, where the first floor is an open area that can be seen from the outside and its function as a place to commemorate the tsunami. On this floor there are several rooms that contain tsunami track record in 2004. There is tsunami showroom, pre-Tsunami, the day of the tsunami and post-tsunami space. Also, there are some pictures of tsunami, tsunami trace artifacts and dioramas displayed in this floor.
On the 2nd floor containing instructional media in the form of a library, props, space 4D, and a 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 space disaster painting, diorama, libraries, 4-dimensional space, as well as cafe.
The exterior of the museum is to express cultural diversity of Aceh with decorative ornament element of transparency such as bamboo weaving. The interior view will lead you to the contemplation of the devastating disaster suffered by the people of Aceh as well surrender and recognition of the strength and power of God.
Aceh Tsunami Museum was built on the initiative of several institutions like the Reconstruction Agency for Aceh and Nias, the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, Government of Aceh, the Government of Banda Aceh and the Indonesian Architects Association.
The museum was inaugurated in February 2008. The purpose of development in addition to the memory of the earthquake that led to the 2004 tsunami as well as well as being an educational center and as a center for evacuation if the tsunami comes again. At that time the tsunami in 2004 killed more than 120 thousand people, and becames the national tragedy of all time.