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National Museum

Jl Merdeka Barat 12 Jakarta, Jakarta 10110, Indonesia
+62 21 3447778
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Ranked #10 of 79 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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  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Indonesian first
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Brisbane, Qld
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92 reviews 92 reviews
22 attraction reviews
122 helpful votes 122 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014 NEW

We had tried to get to the Museum last Monday, but ALL MUSEUMS IN JAKARTA ARE CLOSED ON MONDAYS !!! So the following Tuesday, being the day off, we went to the Museum. The only thing that Irked me was the Financial Racism, 5,000 rp for locals and 10,000 Rp for Overseas people. i complained and they gave me two... More

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Dublin, Ireland
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72 attraction reviews
99 helpful votes 99 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

This is by far the most informative museum in Indonesia. The museum is vast and contains so much information about all aspects of Indonesia. All the exhibits have English translations and they are very detailed. There are exhibits on all sorts of things, so there is something for everyone. The Heritage society run a tour of the museum every week,... More

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Jakarta
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

You are looking for the real Indonesia, but do not speak Bahasa and do not have time to visit all those different islands... still primitive some of them. Here is a mountaineer's energy bar - all that amazing tribal stuff in one buliding. Totems, masks, really cool bracelets, tattoo stamps (yes, ouch!), musical instruments that you won't guess how to... More

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43 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

It's a complete museum which is very good to visit. Inside the museum you will find a lot of prehistoric and historic collection. You can also learn Indonesia culture which is it's very complete. For you who wants to know about Indonesia, you must visit this place. Also good for your education.

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Mumbai
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154 reviews 154 reviews
127 attraction reviews
81 helpful votes 81 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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172 reviews 172 reviews
127 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 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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109 attraction reviews
148 helpful votes 148 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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55 reviews 55 reviews
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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379 reviews 379 reviews
190 attraction reviews
218 helpful votes 218 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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75 reviews 75 reviews
9 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 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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