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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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Educative place to learn Indonesia

You can learn a lot from this museum about Indonesian and its culture. You can have a free tourist guide who speaks good English. Be aware, it is closed on Monday!

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 27, 2015
Ikacika_a
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Jakarta, Indonesia
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  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Indonesian first
  • Italian first
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Jakarta, Indonesia
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67 reviews 67 reviews
15 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

You can learn a lot from this museum about Indonesian and its culture. You can have a free tourist guide who speaks good English. Be aware, it is closed on Monday!

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Brisbane, Australia
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53 reviews 53 reviews
15 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

This is an excellent museum with a wonderful range of artefacts all labelled in both Bahasa Indonesia and English. Easy to navigate spaces, welcoming inner courtyard, and weekly English tours (1.5 hrs) which give some interesting background to a selection of items. Definitely recommend bringing your visitors here. We went mid-week and it was fairly quiet but I've heard it's... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

I tend to avoid museums simply because they all seem the same. Perhaps this one is too but I enjoyed the museum thoroughly. It helps that it's so hot out that the cold air conditioning makes it a nice place to linger. The masks and puppets are the draw for me. It definitely gave me a sense of the diversity... More 

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Jakarta, Indonesia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

more more developed, rectified, and modernized with more collection absolutely become our most valuable assets

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Jakarta, Indonesia
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

The museum is much better than a quick look indicates. Be sure to get one of the official English guides--many of them are long time expats who have retired in Indonesia. Each room has objects with an interesting story (be sure to check out the Dutch gravestones in the back) but without a guide, it is a bit overwhelming.

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Hong Kong
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

It is a great museum to know more about Indonesia's heritage, culture and people. It contains artifacts from 4 AD to the modern time. Take a look at a special room dedicated to precious jewelry from the time of Hindu-Budha kingdom in Indonesia.

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New York
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31 reviews 31 reviews
18 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

Some museums are boring. Some museums leave you wondering why you ever paid the entry fee. This is the place to reverse all negative museums' " I won't go to another one on this vacation" motto. Enter and find the amazing history of Indonesia from earliest times - presented overall for the Island Nation and also by State. Opportunities abound... More 

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Tanah Rata, Malaysia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

Well maintained, good and divers collection. When were at the museum there were not a lot of people.

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Bangkok, Thailand
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83 attraction reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

The new building, which is where the bulk of the exhibits are, is very good, clean, cheap and easy to understand and follow. The old building also has some most interesting exhibits.

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4 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

Keep and eye out for exhibitions here usually very good but only on show for a short time. Indonesian Heritage Society give tours in English of the main collection in the Museum.

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