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“Items are not taken care”
1 of 5 bubbles Review of National Museum

National Museum
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Ranked #5 of 263 things to do in Jakarta
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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 Museum.
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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31 reviews
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“Items are not taken care”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 30, 2011

Cannot understand why the furnitures, cabinets and tables are not keep in proper manner and any one can touch the furnitures... most of things there are broken.

Visited November 2011
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“Perfect three hours visit for children to know Indonesia history comprehensively”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 29, 2011

National Museum or we usually call it Museum Gajah (Elephant Museum, refer to the elephant statue in its front yard) provides more than the complete documentation of Indonesia's vast histories in areas of culture, ethnographics and arts, more than that the site offer the excitement for the schoolkids to fill their holiday or weekend time.

I estimated that my last visit with my family lasted for about three hours. The artefacts from earlier Nusantara time (circa 400-700 AD) up to modern days' folklore singers memorabilias, are worth to see and even heard the stories told by the museum guide.

To add plus points for the family vacation agenda, the rest rooms and toilets are clean and easily accessed from almost every part of the museum. The airconditioned chambers are also offering another comfort points to the visitor.

Do not miss the view from second floor's windows to National Monument (Monas) and its park across the street, or scenic view of Jakarta's highrise buildings. Just another plus points !

Visited September 2011
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Canberra, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 127 helpful votes
“Well presented and interesting”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 25, 2011

First, one of the buildings is the original beautiful old building built by the Dutch to house the museum, and is worth a look in itself. But check, because this one was due for renovation and may be closed.
Second, the collection is very interesting, especially the old part with its glass and wood exhibition cases. The ceramics were fantastic. Upstairs in the new part is a treasure trove that was found in an old shipwreck.
Third, there are free tours in different languages, by volunteer guides from the local Heritage Society. These guides are very well informed and each tour is different so you can go back for another. Check the times with the museum.
Fourth it is easy to get to the Museum, the local busway stop is right opposite. Also you can cross the road and walk in the shady park as well.

Visited November 2011
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San Diego, California
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“Worthwhile but incomplete introduction to Indonesian culture”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 24, 2011

The National Museum is worth several hours. The upstairs treasure room should not be missed!

Though generally accessible to English speakers with ample signage in English, there are a few exhibits that remained puzzling. Also, there seem to be very few exhibits/items/etc. reflecting the Dutch or Islamic presence in Indonesia.

The museum seems to be modernizing, but does not yet have a full-fledged dining facility, so do have lunch before or after your visit!

Visited September 2011
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Jakarta, Indonesia
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“Outsanding, but...”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 22, 2011

just last week we visited the museum, the museum itself have had improved into something very good, trying to make itself to meet international standard, but unfortunately some or fortunately most of the people who represent Indonesia and the museum have failed to keep with the phase where the museum is heading to. the security is/are to arrogant and overtly doing security details that in my humble opinion was/were not necessary. Nevertheless my biggest concern was, when many students were encourage to visit the museum, as part of government program, can do more damage than learning when they busy touching and running around many fragile exhibits there. well it just me. oh ya one more thing, the parking space is good and sufficient, but the access and/or the walk from and to the lot to the museum can be very dangerous and adventurous since we have to use the same access with the entrance and exit of the car

Visited November 2011
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