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National Museum

Jl Merdeka Barat 12 Jakarta, Jakarta 10110, Indonesia
+62 21 3447778
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As featured in 3 days in Jakarta
Ranked #12 of 75 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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Busan, South Korea
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96 reviews 96 reviews
36 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

When you first enter the museum, all you see is an outdoor area full of stone carvings; it looks small. However, once you pass through that area, the museum extends to several large rooms. There's one room that just contains wooden replicas of all the different styles of traditional housing throughout Indonesia! There are rooms dedicated to the ethnography of... More

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Palo Alto, California
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10 reviews 10 reviews
9 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

We happened to go just when an Tour guide from a community organization (not sure now?) give tours in English - Thursday at 1:30 when we were there. She was an ex-pat who'd lived in Indonesia for a while, and was knowledgeable. We were only there for about 1.5 hours (3 kids) and the museum seems like one that you... More

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Reading
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81 reviews 81 reviews
27 attraction reviews
117 helpful votes 117 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

Cheap to get in but the displays aren't anything special. We looked round briefly but there was nothing there which made us want to stay any longer than needed. Shame

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Jakarta, Indonesia
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41 reviews 41 reviews
19 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

Known well as Museum Gajah (The Elephant Museum) and near to Monas, the ground floor provide you statue of ancient indonesia with a lot af Hindu’s period.

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Waterford, Ireland
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29 reviews 29 reviews
12 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

I visited the National Museum on a very wet Sunday afternoon in January. My interest was the ethnography department and I wasn't disappointed by what was on view. There is a wonderful and very extensive collection of artefacts, crafts and art that reflect the diversity of Indonesian culture. The presentation of items is somewhat dated and, with some funding and... More

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Alexandria, Al Iskandariyah, Egypt
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Boriiiiiiiing :D Items was every where ,no clear information about it ! you don't know where to go !

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Leschenault, Western Australia
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

If the visitor to Jakarta is time-restricted, the National Museum provides an excellent overview of Indonesian history and arts. Very impressive given the area of the archepelago and its diverse peoples.

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London, United Kingdom
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

This is an amazing museum. Check out the gold on the 6th(?) floor and the model houses showing the way people lived on different Indonesian islands on the 5th(?) floor. Fascinating place, but do not expect a proper cafe or restaurant a la West. You can buy drinks at a small shop if it is open.

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Germany
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60 reviews 60 reviews
14 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

In this nice museum you will find a good display of arts, architecture, fabrics, ceramics, history, etc from the hole archipielago of Indonesia. Great place to learn more about this wonderful diverse nation!

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Jakarta, Indonesia
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28 reviews 28 reviews
18 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

so amazing when i visited Museum Nasional or somepeople call Museum Gajah because there is elephant statue in front of this museum, the location is easy to fing it, around Istana Merdeka (Merdeka Palace) and Monumen Nasional (National Satue).. Pay IDR 5,000 for citizen and IDR 10,000 for foreigner, there are some guides for English, Korean and Japanese. All the... More

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