National Museum
National Museum
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8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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Temporarily Closed 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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  • mel7155
    Singapore, Singapore947 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Decent museum for artefacts and pricing
    A relatively decent museum for US$2 entry fee . So for the price, can’t complain in terms of presentation of the artifacts . Museum does a decent attempt in highlighting the historical, ethnicity, cultural and pre-history aspect of the country in a cheap and affordable price as possible for the mainly local tourists . It does serve its purpose and would be a typical average museum flu d anywhere around the world . Items are not world standard , but it is decent nevertheless .
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 2, 2023
  • Mirza Rizky J
    Indonesia17 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Museum Nasional.
    Pengalaman yang menyenangkan saat mengunjungi musium Nasional. didalamnya terdapat arsip lengkap tidak hanya sejarah budaya Indonesia, namun beragam sejarah lainnya. bukan sekedar area edukasi namun juga sebagai saksi sejarah Indonesia yang mengantarkan kita untuk memahami Indonesia lebih dalam.
    Visited December 2022
    Traveled with family
    Written July 14, 2023
  • oscar u
    Kigali Province, Rwanda226 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Similarity of Civilization Asia, Africa and Europe.
    Museums function as educational establishments preserving our cultural heritage. It was a perfect occasion to immerse myself in hands-on experiences that brought to life the theoretical history lessons I acquired in high school, encompassing everything from Darwin's theory of life's origins to the evolution of civilizations. The central message conveyed is that, upon examining the development of civilizations, from hunting and ironworking to pottery, agriculture, and modern society. We come to recognize the fundamental similarities shared by all human beings. The National Museum of Indonesia serves as a showcase of such commonalities between Asian and African civilizations
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written July 20, 2023
  • o_kameswara
    Jakarta, Indonesia107 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must Visit for History Enthusiasts.
    Providing a vast collection of artefacts to explore and study the richness of culture and history of Indonesia since its ancient times. Showing us how great and beautiful this country is, with its huge diversity of culture, ethnicity, and language. All inside a beautiful well-preserved colonial era building.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written August 10, 2023
  • AZCasualTraveler
    Mesa, Arizona1,911 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Museum with many Artifacts of Indonesia's Culture and History
    The National Museum of Indonesia provides visitors with an insight into Indonesia’s long history in cultural heritage from prehistoric days up to today. The museum houses an impressive collection of many artifacts covering Indonesia’s Prehistory, Archaeology, Ethnography, Geography and Historical Relics. The Museum provides a good starting place to get a feeling of Indonesian culture prior to traveling through the countryside.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 16, 2023
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Seasondtraveller
Paris4,396 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Maybe it's because several sections were closed, and the advertised guided tour was cancelled, but this museum doesn't do justice at all to Indonesia's rich culture and arts. It is a caricature of a poorly designed old-fashioned museum, with very few beautiful artefacts. Moreover, none of the pieces are properly displayed. Entrance fee for foreigners: 10000 Rp.
Written February 15, 2020
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Jade N
Sydney, Australia78 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Solo
This is one of the best museums I’ve been to! It shows an incredibly comprehensive view of the history of Indonesia. This includes:
Sculptures
Instruments
Weapons
Ceramics
Clothing/jewellery
Independence/Politics
Natural geographic
Science and technology
Shadow Puppet Gallery
And probably more I have forgotten! Not only does it show these things, but has a lot of written info(English and Indonesian).
As well, it is nicely air conditioned, and so so cheap(10000 rupiah for tourists). I spent over two hours there and 11/10 recommend
Written June 30, 2022
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mel7155
Singapore, Singapore947 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
A relatively decent museum for US$2 entry fee . So for the price, can’t complain in terms of presentation of the artifacts .

Museum does a decent attempt in highlighting the historical, ethnicity, cultural and pre-history aspect of the country in a cheap and affordable price as possible for the mainly local tourists .

It does serve its purpose and would be a typical average museum flu d anywhere around the world . Items are not world standard , but it is decent nevertheless .
Written July 2, 2023
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oscar u
Kigali Province, Rwanda226 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Friends
Museums function as educational establishments preserving our cultural heritage. It was a perfect occasion to immerse myself in hands-on experiences that brought to life the theoretical history lessons I acquired in high school, encompassing everything from Darwin's theory of life's origins to the evolution of civilizations. The central message conveyed is that, upon examining the development of civilizations, from hunting and ironworking to pottery, agriculture, and modern society. We come to recognize the fundamental similarities shared by all human beings. The National Museum of Indonesia serves as a showcase of such commonalities between Asian and African civilizations
Written July 20, 2023
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AZCasualTraveler
Mesa, AZ1,911 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
The National Museum of Indonesia provides visitors with an insight into Indonesia’s long history in cultural heritage from prehistoric days up to today. The museum houses an impressive collection of many artifacts covering Indonesia’s Prehistory, Archaeology, Ethnography, Geography and Historical Relics. The Museum provides a good starting place to get a feeling of Indonesian culture prior to traveling through the countryside.
Written October 16, 2023
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o_kameswara
Jakarta, Indonesia107 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Solo
Providing a vast collection of artefacts to explore and study the richness of culture and history of Indonesia since its ancient times. Showing us how great and beautiful this country is, with its huge diversity of culture, ethnicity, and language. All inside a beautiful well-preserved colonial era building.
Written August 11, 2023
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Radja Sitanggang
Jakarta, Indonesia646 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019 • Friends
It is great experience during my visit this museum. The people's who lived in Jakarta, they call the museum as Gedung Gajah or elephant building. This museum containing prehistoric ,archaelogy,ceramic,ethnography,history and geography. Situated in Merdeka Barat Street 12 Central Jakarta, Admission fee Adult IDR 5.000, Child IDR 2.000, Foreigner IDR 10.000, For group minimum 20 person. The admission fee are Adult IDR 3.000, Child IDR 1.000, Foreigner IDR 10.000.
Opening hours Tuesday - Friday 08.30 Am - 04.00 Pm, Saturday - Sunday start 08.30 Am - 05.00 Pm. Museum Nasional is close on Mondays and Public Holidays. Easy to access ,a step from Monas Transjakarta Busway and National Monument.
Written February 17, 2019
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Raymond W
Townsville, Australia4,565 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Indonesia's National Museum is known amongst Indonesians as 'Museum Gajah', or 'Elephant Museum', because of a small, sculpture of an Asian elephant which is mounted in front of the museum. The elephant, like the bulk of the museum's collection, dates back to colonial times. But the fact that the museum's main collection has changed little since the days of the Dutch East Indies is, surprisingly, no reason to stay away. This colonial building with its Doric columns houses one of the most astounding collections of artefacts in all Southeast-Asia. And yet entry still costs just a few cents.
The building is designed around a central courtyard that is the museum's sculpture garden. The presentation of the exhibits is very simple but don't be misled by that. Here you can find exhibits from all of the major kingdoms of Indonesia's rich Hindu-Buddhist past. Highlights include Sanskrit inscriptions from Sumatra's Sriwijaya kingdom and beautiful Hindu statues from East Javanese dynasties. Best of all is a massive fourteenth century statue of King Adityavarman standing on human skulls. This statue holds pride of place at the end of the courtyard and is one of the most important statues ever made in Indonesia.
The museum also has a huge and impressive collection of Chinese porcelain. Large, impressive porcelain finds frome every dynasty of Chinese history. A whole porcelain stool collected in Aceh is said to be absolutely unique. You will struggle to find a better collection of antique ceramics anywhere in Southeast-Asia. Ceramic lovers will also enjoy displays from ancient Thailand and Vietnam.
As well as these exhibits, there are also extensive displays of ethnographic material from all around the archipelago. You will find artefacts from most of Indonesia's varied and colorful ethnic groups. These displays will appeal to both art lovers and people wanting to get an insight into Indonesia's cultural diversity.
Whilst this collection may be very dated and its presentation is indeed a throwback to colonial times, if you have an interest in Indonesian history or culture, you really should not miss this place.
Written September 25, 2008
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The_Pale_Ridah
Gladesville, Australia1,996 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2013 • Couples
Before Islam came to Java & made religion a snooze-fest, the Indonesians were hiding in the deep jungles doing all sorts of crazy things like worshipping large phalluses, eating their enemies & robbing Chinese ships of their gold & women. Other more focused Indos built some of the greatest temples of our time, while some fought epic wars that ended in utter destruction. During these interesting times of Hindu & Buddhist influence, Javanese culture was rich & diverse, ideas were explored & artwork flourished. This 1862 museum showcases some of this wonderful heritage in statues, jewellery & idols which have been spared the fate of being lost to the international black market.

While the Dutch were greedy & cruel they did at least recognise the value in this rich heritage. Rather than sell off everything valuable they did keep some of the heavier stuff & damaged statues nobody wanted & put them on display for people to look at. With the number of thieves, crooks & riots in Jakarta it’s surprising that this place is still bursting full of good stuff. The main letdown is the limited information on these interesting artefacts some of which only require a quick Google search.

Hearing about one object in particular, the statue of Prajñāpāramitā is surely the most beautiful statue in the entire collection. In near perfect condition, it is of the goddess of transcendental wisdom sitting in the lotus position, her body adorned by an assortment of jewellery. Discovered near Singosari temple in Malang, it is reputedly of a woman named Ken Dedes whose beauty & charisma caused the assassinations of 2 kings. It was believed that her incredible beauty could bring great power to any man who possessed her. Today, Ken Dedes’s beauty has transcended both time & space. Her statue was stolen by a Dutch official in 1820 & transported to the other side of the world & displayed at the Dutch National Museum of Ethnology in Leiden for almost 160 years until it was returned to Indonesia in 1978, such a prized possession would have taken an enormous act of good-will to be freely given away, or in this case, returned to her home.

Another impressive statue is a full stone carving of Adityavarman, a minor ruler & cousin of the Majapahit king. He eventually became a senior minister & launched destructive military campaigns just for the fun of violence & plunder. The 4 meter statue depicts Adityavarman as Bhairava, the Hindu god of annihilation with a grin on his face holding a knife standing on top of a bed of skulls. This is either Conan the Barbarian or a Japanese cartoon.
Written April 17, 2013
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AsianTraveller
Buriram, Thailand121 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2015 • Solo
probably awesome for museum lovers.
I am not , so it it took me about 7 minutes to see everything..
the map was interesting..
Written April 9, 2015
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