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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
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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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Rich national history of Indonesia

This will be the museum I always refer to visitor to Jakarta. It is in no way comparable to other museums abroad, where you can really feel the history is preserved and taken care... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
astrida W
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Jakarta, Indonesia

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Sydney, Australia
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64 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

It took us a while to find the museum, as most people in Jakarta seem unfamiliar with the museum. When we got there, we first went to see that statues in the garden and then the ethnography collections. The collections were very interesting, but they looked a bit outdated and the museum could do with improved lighting. Next we moved... More 

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Jakarta, Indonesia
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10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This will be the museum I always refer to visitor to Jakarta. It is in no way comparable to other museums abroad, where you can really feel the history is preserved and taken care of for the next generation. Here in this museum we see massive artifacts proving Indonesia's spectacular past, but almost always followed by a regret that it... More 

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Thank astrida W
Beavercreek, Ohio
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3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Excellent presentation of Indonesian history and culture. Some exhibits needed English translation, and some displays were unlit so difficult to see details. Overall, worth a day trip.

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New York City, New York
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17 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Museum, preservation, and art appreciation are relatively foreign concepts in Indonesia. Tell an average Indonesian that you are going to the museum, and you'll likely get a blank stare and polite smile. It is not surprising, therefore, that most of the visitors to this museum are foreigners and school children from Jakarta whose schools have the foresight to include museum-going... More 

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Thank AugustoMonteverdi
Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India
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17 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The National Museum has a good collection about the ancient history of Indonesia as well as the different tribal civilization before 100s of years.

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Thank Sam2014nov
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81 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I had visited National Museum years ago, so everytime I visit another museum in (or outside) Jakarta, I will unconsciously say, "Ah, I've seen this in the National Museum!" because its collections are sooo~ complete.

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Geneva, Switzerland
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25 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

So this city is not known for being the world's art capital, but this museum is decent enough. Can see some various art pieces from Indonesia many regions, and the building is nice.

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Ankara, Turkey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You must spend more than 2 hours to know further about Indonesia and the culture. Museum is very clean.

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Thank mrayber
Jakarta
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75 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

5 thousand/person (local). Collections of not too unkempt and not well organized. Some building renovated already.

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Klang, Malaysia
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54 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

For the entrance price of 10,000Rp (for foreigners) the visit is certainly worth the entrance fee. You have to leave backpacks at the desk, but you can take your camera in. Excellent displays of statuary and stone carvings of early Buddhist and Hindu settlement in the archipelago and we were impressed by the excellent displays of ceramics dating from as... More 

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