National Museum

Attraction Jl. Medan Merdeka Barat No.12 Jakarta Pusat Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta 10110 Indonesia Published on: 13-11-2015

1 hours 30 mins
08:30 AM - 04:00 PM
09:00 AM
10:30 AM
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Historic
Museum
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The National Museum of Indonesia is an archeological, historical, ethnological, and geographical museum located in Jalan Medan Merdeka Barat, Central Jakarta

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Why National Museum is special ?

National Museum of Indonesia is also recognized as Elephant Museum. It’s called as Elephant Museum because there’s an elephant sculpture made of bronze medal at the front park of the museum. The sculpture was a grant from King Chulalongkorn (Rama V) of Thailand who visited the museum in 1871.


Around the sculpture there are cannons which position are facing the


The museum has an enormous collection. Around the open courtyard is some magnificent statuary including a colossal 4.5m stone image of a Bhairawa king from Rambahan in Sumatra, who is shown trampling on human skulls. The ethnology section is superb, with Dayak puppets and wooden statues from Nias bearing beards (a sign of wisdom) plus some fascinating textiles.


Over in the spacious new wing there are four floors with sections devoted to the origin of mankind in Indonesia, including a model of the Flores ‘hobbit’. There’s also a superb display of gold treasures from Candi Brahu in Central Java, including some glittering necklaces, armbands and a bowl depicting scenes from the Ramayana.


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What to explore at National Museum?

National Museum has more than 140,000 collections consist of prehistoric collection, archeological collection, foreign ceramic collection, numismatic/heraldic collection, colonial collection, ethnographical and geographic collection. Archeological collections of National Museum of Indonesia are in the forms of cultural objects from the era of Hinduism and Budhaism, which better known as Indonesian classic era. Some of the objects are statue of Hindu’s Gods and Bhuda. Most of the collections collected at the Holland colonial era, which was obtained through military and science expedition, somebody’s grant, consignment and purchasing

The exhibition hall in National Museum of Indonesia consists of two parts, exhibition hall in the Gajah (Elephant) Building and the one in Arca (Statue) Building. Exhibition Hall in the Gajah Building still maintains the arrangement system as in the colonial era, while the one in Arca Building is a new building with a thematic arrangement to present the whole aspects Indonesian people life. Exhibition hall in Arca Building has four levels; level one presents the human and environment theme; level two of scientific, economical and technological theme; level three of social organization and thinking pattern theme; and level four presents the collections of gold and foreign ceramic.

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How to get to National Museum?

To visit National Museum of Indonesia you can ride either taxi or bus. If you choose to ride a bus, it’s recommended to ride Trans Jakarta Busway for your comfort. Busway with Blok M to Kota Tuaroute will pass through the Museum. You can get off at the National Monument (Monas) station. National Museum of Indonesia is located at the cross side of Monas bus stop.

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Selling points

  • A Miniature Smithsonian
  • Introduction to Indonesian culture
  • Anthropologist Heaven!
  • Blast from the past
  • Freaky tribal stuff
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Total travel distance
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Tips for you

  • There is a cafe down stairs in the new building, but the food shops are just down the side streets so go
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  • No photographs are allowed.
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  • The Indonesian Heritage Society organises free English tours of the National Museum, at 10:30am on Tuesdays, and on Thursdays at 10:30am and 1:30pm. Tours are also available at other times, and in French, Japanese and Korean; consult the website for the latest schedule.
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  • Get in with a local, it’s cheaper!
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  • Some other places near to National Museum of Indonesia are National Monument (Monas), President Palace, Golden Chariot Statue, Gambir train terminal, Bank of Indonesia, Indosat Building, Supreme Court, Immanuel Church, and Jalan Thamrin.
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Dibangun Pemerintah Belanda (1862) di bawah Gubernur-Jendral JCM Radermacher sebagai respons perhimpunan Bataviaasch Genootschap van Kunsten en Wetenschappen yang bertujuan menelaah riset ilmiah.

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With collection of no less than 109,342 objects, The National Museum providing visitors an insight into Indonesia’s long history in cultural heritage from prehistoric days up to today.

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An archeological, historical, ethnological, and geographical museum. Popular as 'Museum Gajah', after the elephant statue in its forecourt, that was given as a gift from The King of Thailand in 1871.

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The wonderful National Museum has 140,000 objects. Where to start? Well, check for free English tours or just go straight to the stunning Han Dynasty ceramics display that dates back to 300BC.

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Learn more about indonesia's history.. Love the place

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but it is a nice interesting museum but was very disappointed that a few rooms were closed and I was not informed about it before I purchased the ticket

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Indonesia has the enviable position of having some of the most ancient human remains in the world. Who wouldn't want to see a 700,000 year old pre-human skull? I don't think the National Museum wants anyone to see it as they have it displayed in a knee level cabinet with poor lighting. I'm glad that I was specifically looking for it, otherwise it would have gone unnoticed.

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The National Museum is worth a visit and provides an interesting view into Indonesian history and especially the way Indonesia sees itself.There are English language panels throughout the museum.

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The National Museum is worth a visit and provides an interesting view into Indonesian history and especially the way Indonesia sees itself. There are English language panels throughout the museum.

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An archeological, historical, ethnological, and geographical museum. Popular as 'Museum Gajah', after the elephant statue in its forecourt, that was given as a gift from The King of Thailand in 1871.

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