Attraction Jl. Jenderal Gatot Subroto Indonesia Published on: 13-11-2015
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Why Museum Satria Mandala (Armed Forces Museum) is special ?
On October 5, 1972 the building was inaugurated into a museum that displays visually the stages of the struggle of the people of Indonesia before independence, the moments of the Proclamation of Independence, and how the struggle to defend the independence of Indonesia and the various threats and challenges that come both from within and from abroad. The museum holds historic objects related to the military struggle from 1945 until now.
In this museum we can see various collections of armaments in Indonesia, from ancient to modern, such as a collection of booby traps, missiles, torpedoes, tanks, cannons and even helicopters and airplanes.
The museum is closed on Tuesdays.
What to explore at Museum Satria Mandala (Armed Forces Museum)?
After buying tickets, you will enter the first room through the door with a shiny black wood carving. The first collection that we have encountered is the concept of hand-written text of the proclamation by Sukarno (First President of Indonesia). Then you will enter the hallway that contains dioramas showing events and military struggle, the total of dioramas is 74.
After that you will go to a great general room and see its collection. For example in General Sudirman room, there is a hand barrows that he used when he was as a leader of the Guerrilla War, and he was ill, when he against the re-occupation of the Dutch in the era of the 1940s. The next collection in the great general room is about HM Soeharto as the great general and the second former president of Indonesia.
After that you must enter another room to see the collection of heavy or light weapons. There is also a collection of army uniforms, banners and symbols of Indonesian military. After that you go out to see the collection on display outside, such as various types of aircraft relics of the past. One of them is Cureng aircraft flown by Adisucipto. There is also other equipment of war such as armored vehicles and tanks, ambulances, a sedan which became the shot target by the rebel and the jeep owned by General Sudirman, which is the latest collection of museums.
There is a Dodge Dart sedan manufactured in 1962 which was used by the Regional Military Commander XIV/Hasanuddin Col. Muhammad Jusuf when he made negotiations on the restoration of security in South Sulawesi with Andi Selle Mattola in Pinrang. After negotiations, on the way home, his car was shot by the rebel, the ex-bullet holes can be seen on the right and left door, fortunately Col M. Yusuf was not shot.
Visitor will see a Kunang (firefly) plane which was manufactured in 1958. The plane type is a single seat sport plane and was named the Kunang plane. The plane was developed in a workshop of research, and trial manufacture of aircraft by technicians of Indonesian Air Force (AURI) in Bandung Husein Sastranegara under the leadership of Lt. Col. Nurtanio Pringgoadisurjo, which was the first person flown this plane and the last flight was performed in 1968.
The visitor can also see the replica of Wiweko Experimental Lightplane RI-X (WEL-I RIX). This light aircraft has a single seat and above fixed wing type by using the Harley Davidson engine, design and construction was made in Indonesia in 1948 by the Air Officer III Wiweko Supono the chief of Plan and Construction Bureau of AURI in Maospati Madiun. Aircraft construction was completed within 5 months, and flight test was conducted in mid of 1948 and be followed in an flight exhibition in Yogyakarta on December 17 to 23 August 1948.
Still in the museum complex Satriamandala, there is also a Purbawisesa Museum which is featuring dioramas when the Indonesia military together with the people crush the separatist DI/TII in West Java, Central Java, Aceh, South Kalimantan and South Sulawesi in the era of the 1960s.
How to get to Museum Satria Mandala (Armed Forces Museum)?
To visit the Museum of Satria Mandala from your hotel in Jakarta, you can either take a taxi or ride Trans Jakarta Bus. You must get off at Lipi-Gatot Subroto bus terminal or Jamsostek-Gatot Subroto the next terminal and the museum is just across the terminals, in which the distance to museum is approximately 200 m. You may ask to a security on the Trans Jakarta Bus, where the Lipi or Jamsostek-Gatot Subroto terminal is or where the Satria Mandala Museum location is
- “Many interesting artifacts and models”
- “Post war aircrafts”
- “Kids must love it”
- “Indonesian military museum”
Jl. Jenderal Gatot Subroto Indonesia
Tips for you
The interesting places nearby the Satria Mandala Museum are among others Fatahillah Museum, Fine Arts and Ceramics Museum (Seni Rupa dan Keramik), Puppet Museum, and Beautiful Indonesia Miniature Park (TMII) which is located about 15 km from Satria Mandala. There are also National Museum (Museum Gajah) and Nasional Monument (Monas) which are located approximately 6 km from Satria Mandala. Sunda Kelapa harbor is also an old harbor which is located about 17 km from the Satria Mandala Museum.Things nearby
Went there as just about my only tourist destination during a short visit to Jakarta. I have a great interest in military hardware so this place surprised me with the amount of aircraft, unusual armoured vehicles, and a good collection of small arms. However, it does look like the curating of the collection and updating stopped just after the Museum opened in the early 1970s! Could do with a few more recent objects. The dioramas were reasonable.Very cheap entry fee.The main downside was that there was no English signage around the displays and also for guidance around this fairly large esablishment. While I'm all for keeping with national languages, the fact remains that most foreign tourists would benefit greatly from English.Something to consider if there's not a big cost involved for the management
I did my pre-wed picture here with "Pearl Harbor" theme...only add another 2,000.- rupiah for the camera...portray pretty complete Indonesia's militarry history, love it, been there for more than 5 times I suppose
I enjoy my visit here . The museum is centrally located and has a good collection of armaments, including aircrafts / choppers used by the Indonesian armed forces. The diorama provides excellent information as to how Indonesia had to earn its independence
Went there as just about my only tourist destination during a short visit to Jakarta. I have a great interest in military hardware so this place surprised me with the amount of aircraft, unusual armoured vehicles, and a good collection of small arms. However, it does look like the curating of the collection and updating stopped just after the Museum opened in the early 1970s! Could do with a few more recent objects. The dioramas were reasonable. Very cheap entry fee. The main downside was that there was no English signage around the displays and also for guidance around this fairly large esablishment. While I'm all for keeping with national languages, the fact remains that most foreign tourists would benefit greatly from English.Something to consider if there's not a big cost involved for the management