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National Museum

Jl Merdeka Barat 12 Jakarta, Jakarta 10110, Indonesia
+62 21 3447778
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Ranked #12 of 78 Attractions in Jakarta
Type: Museums
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: In 1778, the Batavia Society for Arts and Science established what would become, after many expansions and name changes, the world-famous National... more » Owner description: In 1778, the Batavia Society for Arts and Science established what would become, after many expansions and name changes, the world-famous National Museum. « less
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Mumbai
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142 reviews 142 reviews
115 attraction reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

Entrance fee for foreigners was 10,000 Rupiah,very nominal. A huge complex having different sections on different facets of Indonesian culture and history. In the courtyard are ancient statues of Hindu Gods.A student of religion could study Hinduism by just viewing each and every exhibit in this huge museum.

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

If you are interested in and already know something about Indonesia's history and ethnology, you could easily spend half a day in here - just like with The National Museum Bangkok. Its easily the best museum in Indonesia and one of the best in SE Asia BUT again, do have realistic expectations about the exhibits and their labeling. One highlight... More

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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93 attraction reviews
117 helpful votes 117 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

Had muh more than I expected, but was sparse on some explanations. The ethnography exhibits and stone carvings are worth it, as well as the amazing collection of ornamental/decorative gold and jewels on the top floor. Definitely worth a couple of hours. Cheap (10,000 Rp) and uncrowded.

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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4 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 via mobile

We were charged the 'foreigner' charge of 10,000 IDR (60p) for entry. The old area is under renovation so was closed but there is a new section which is good. Can be done in a couple of hours then can walk to the national monument.

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Kunming, China
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189 attraction reviews
205 helpful votes 205 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

This museum has some interesting artifacts but is poorly curated and laid out. Suboptimal lighting and shabby display cases. Not up to international standards by any means. Only go if you are hard-core interested in Indonesian cultural anthropology and such. Not recommended for the average casual tourist.

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Cremona, Italy
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8 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Nice place to visit in roder to get some history of Indonesia. NOT fully impress by the organization.

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Kuta, Indonesia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Dont miss the "Khasanah Emas" room but you can't take a picture there. Its part of quintessence of Indonesia. Entry Free : Rp 5,000 (locals) & Rp 10,000 (foreigner).

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

The National Museum has very interesting things to see from varying islands of Indonesia. The place is, however, not well cared for and properly displayed. Well worth the visit but do not go expecting a regular museum experience.

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Pangkal Pinang, Indonesia
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5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Nice place, at the city center, near Monumen Nasional (monas) it's the place u can find about Indonesia history, culture, ancient Indonesian way of life Quiet enough, clean, a lot of nice collections (kinds of statues , traditional weapons , Archaeological objects, etc)

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Bangkok, Thailand
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

The museum is a very well done place with all of the artifacts clearly labelled, properly displayed and well organized. There are vast collections of pottery, models of various aspects of Indonesian life and many stone carvings. Be prepared to make a half day of it to see it fully.

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