Huta Bolon Simanindo Batak Museum

Huta Bolon Simanindo Batak Museum, Samosir Island: Hours, Address, Huta Bolon Simanindo Batak Museum Reviews: 3.5/5

Huta Bolon Simanindo Batak Museum

Huta Bolon Simanindo Batak Museum
3.5
8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Sunday
11:45 AM - 5:30 PM
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The_Pale_Ridah
Gladesville, Australia1,996 contributions
Couples
When a man tells you that he has 14 wives do you shake his hand, walk away because he is a liar or offer him your sympathies? The Toba-Batak king of Simanindo was one such man who for better or worse lived such a life. Let's examine the facts.

All common sense states he was some sort of pimp-warlord who not only killed his enemies, enslaved their women & looted their household, in other words just your typical male. If 14 wives were able to complain about smelly feet, screaming kids & loud snoring how would a man be able to live a normal life in peace? The pains of marriage to just 1 woman is more than enough. You also would not willingly marry ugly women, 14 ugly women is more a life punishment as well as terrible decision making, the chances of having 14 pretty women in the middle of a jungle seems like wishful thinking. Lets not get started about the problems of having 50 kids.

Huta Bolon Simanindo Batak Musem features several traditional Batak houses all featuring thatched roofs including the king's own, the royal barge, his tomb & a museum filled with many artefacts & weapons from their tribe. Being known as extremely warlike peoples, the tribe here at Simanindo are the only ones on Samosir Island to have on display weapons from their culture. The museum complex here is small but authentic for its historical value in local history. The fact that the artefacts are housed in the king's village which has been secured for future prosperity as a living museum is a great sign.

The Toba-Batak people's religion was called Parmalim & was heavily based on animistic values & farm life, people interested in tribal statues will find a fertility carving of a lizard whose symbol is found everywhere on Simosir Island, it suggests a healthy emphasis on spirituality in their everyday life. Apparently, the lizard breed like drunken teenagers & so it is a symbol for a couples hope for a large family not only for protection & to strengthen the tribe but to work the fields. Daily traditional dances can be organised for tourists by local farmers, possibly descendants of the king. The show includes 10 dances from all aspects of village life but the days of festive celebration seem to be long over & replaced by satellite TV, these dances are for tourist pocket change. Entrance to the complex is 5,000 IDR & dances 30,000 IDR. Simanindo is about halfway from Tuk Tuk to the hot springs at Pangururan.
Written March 24, 2013
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KennyPatcharaporn
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia255 contributions
Solo
We came late afternoon (their Batak Dance were only in the morning). So we are the only tourist there. An opportunity for pictures.
Entrance fee was IDR10,000 per head. A line of King's Tomb & his family on site and gated. Opposite the tombs (behind the payment booth) was a small museum displaying some artifacts & tools of Batak people. No curator to explain them while we were there. Unable to snap pictures as it was not well lite and glass display glare was too overwhelming.
We stepped into a side-property connected. Its the Batak Dance performance ground. Very spacious with 3 huge Batak houses on the left & a few agricultural huts on the right. We took our time roaming around for pictures.
One can enter the King's Batak House from the back portion by climbing a make-shift wooden stairs. The door was small but once inside, it was very spacious but totally empty inside. Walked to the end and another flight of wooden stairs up second level where the open balcony is. Batak musicians play their instruments here every morning during the Batak Dance performs.
*cigarette butts everywhere on this balcony! I bet the musicians never bother to keep the place clean & this museum care-taker will never maintain as well. Annoying sight to tourist like me!
Nothing much here except you are able to enter a Batak house to see their structure inside out. The items on display in this museum were not much (compared to the museum in Tomok).

At least we are all by ourselves enjoying our time in privacy & able to get pictures all for ourselves.
Written February 19, 2019
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Voyage104484
46 contributions
Solo
A quaint dancing display, amid nice surroundings. The artifacts in the small museum are ok to see too. Especially worth it if you are passing at the time of one of the, often, twice daily shows.
Written August 6, 2018
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Bidule05
France1,274 contributions
We visited the Simanindo museum in August 2019. The Batak traditional houses and the royal thumbs are well preserved. In the small museum, there are also interesting and well preserved weapons and music instruments.
We were lucky as we could see the traditional Batak dance, i.e.: Tor-Tor dance.
A must in Samosir Island!!!
Written February 25, 2021
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Selnasidauruk27
Medan, Indonesia4 contributions
Solo
I visited this museum on January 2018, I see many heritages of Batak Culture in this museum that are used by the ancestors of Batak Tribe in their activities. The museum is located at Simanindo Village. I only pay 10k. It's cheap price for me because I pay for this is better cheap than pay a pack of noodles fried in this village
Written March 18, 2018
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GvanVeghel
Delft, The Netherlands2 contributions
Couples
Had great exprerencies in almost the whole of Indonesia, but this dance performance is a laugh. Although the houses look great, the overall atmosphere is ice cold. The dance performance (which was 100k) was performed without any passion and it even looked like the performers wanted to put as less effort in the play as possible. And if this was not even all at the end they were pushing you to give a tip...
Written July 1, 2017
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mastAbi
Jakarta, Indonesia80 contributions
Family
Not much to see inside but then again it will add ur knowledge about Batak's history
The time i visited, i found a monkey chained to a tree in front of the museum
Try to buy bananas or peanuts to feed him, it will attract ur children 😁

It dont cost too much money either.
so...
Written October 13, 2015
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highfever88
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia2,208 contributions
Friends
There is nothing much at the museum. I guess the attraction was the Batak traditional dance, which is for 40mins every time, and there is a schedule of a few dances a day. It took place in the open, and there is a write up in different languages that describe the many scenes of the dances. At the end, audience has the chance of dancing together with the dancers and also a donation and photo taking session.
Written November 16, 2013
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worldexplorer88_11
La Jolla, CA287 contributions
Couples
Between the Batak Houses, the small museum holding a variety of every-day objects, and the cultural dance performance, visitors can expect to gain a better appreciation for Batak culture assuming that you have a guide to provide some helpful context. Lacking a guide, I think it would be easy to feel underwhelmed, and unlike other tourist spots where local guides are on hand waiting for business, we did not see any guides here.

The Batak dance performance is a necessary component to visiting as without it there is not much to see/glean. Guesstimate 30 minutes without dance @ 1 1/2 hours with dance. Be aware that the dancers invite audience participation at the end - I suppose both good for tourism and as a way to further generate donations.
Written July 27, 2019
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41 contributions
Friends
Its interesting to see how an original Batakhouse looks from the inside.
The museum had some Nice stuff, but there was only and explanation in English so we didnt understand it.
They didnt perform the dance while we were there. And there wasnt much more to see.
It was ok, but dont expect to much.
Written July 18, 2018
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