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Address: Jl Merdeka Barat 12 Jakarta, Jakarta 10110, Indonesia
Phone Number: +62 21 3447778
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: Yes
Description: In 1778, the Batavia Society for Arts and Science established what would...
In 1778, the Batavia Society for Arts and Science established what would become, after many expansions and name changes, the world-famous National Museum.
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Very informative, interesting artifacts

This museum is a nice place to spend a few hours. Most displays have English in addition to Bahasa. It takes you through the history of the archipelago from prehistoric times up... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 25, 2015
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Went here on a Thursday afternoon at 13:30 for a free English speaking your guide. Amazing knowledge by Anne-Marie, Belgian lady. Thank you. From when you first set foot on the grounds and see the elephant at the front which was given to jakarta by 5th king Thailand to the treasure gold rooms on the 4th floor, you will Be... More 

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Portland, Maine
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

This museum is a nice place to spend a few hours. Most displays have English in addition to Bahasa. It takes you through the history of the archipelago from prehistoric times up through the present. It really gives you an idea of the incredible cultural diversity of the main islands. One nice feature is the sculpture garden the middle of... More 

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Rome
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

On the one hand you get a good overview of indonesia with all the different cultures, races, languages and religions. But on the other hand it felt unfinished, under construction. And the worst thing: a amateurish documentary you can watch in which they used Rihanna's Diamonds as backround music...Really?

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East Java, Indonesia
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13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

after visiting national monument , old city, TMII (Indonesia miniature), bundaran HI / welcome national statue, we already know more history of Indonesia to get in dependent, but it is little bit difficult to make estimation time to visit one and other places because traffic jam in everywhere. Jogja , take walk to marioboro street and enjoy pub in sastrowijoyo... More 

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Jakarta, Indonesia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

A beautiful building in an interesting area of Jakarta (MONAS) with a very large collection of Chinese ceramics covering a wide range of periods. But wait, this is not China. Exhibits covering Indonesian history seem to focus mainly on regional handicraft and weaponry. It would be good to see more about life in the provinces including agricultural, and cultural contrasts.... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

The national museum is a must for any visitor to Jakarta who maybe interested in seeking a glimpse into what constitutes the modern Indonesian republic and how it arrived at this point in its very young history.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

great museum, lots to see. an old part and a newer part. expensive cafe but drinks machine downstairs next to the car park and toilet. really interesting displays, accessible as they are in english and indonesian not expensive to get in, and worth it

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Hong Kong
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

There ain't much to do in Jakarta, so this is one of the best places you can kill time with. It had a wide range of exhibitions, from Indonesia's history to art sculptures. However, the sculptures were not impressive and you can easily find stuff better in private galleries in London, Hong Kong or New York. You also pay a... More 

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Indonesia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

The new wing of the museum really shows what's lacking in the old one - good lighting, informational displays. If this could be done across the museum it would really be one of the exceptional museums for all of Southeast Asia, but as it stands it's still pretty impressive and the best museum I know of in Indonesia. There's so... More 

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Jakarta, Indonesia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

A perfect visit for everyone who craves for seeing statues, clothes, and musical instruments in one place. You can't resist its massiveness and atmosphere. The tucket price is also so cheap! (1 USD for adult). Grab ur chance now! :) I award this museum as the all-time best Indonesian museum.

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