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“Nice museum but needs to be improved”
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National Museum
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Ranked #5 of 276 things to do in Jakarta
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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.
Reviewed December 4, 2011

I visited this museum in november and I really enjoyed the old part rather than the new one. The old part shows statues and cultural items from all the Indonesia regions. The new bulding is incomplete and I didn't find anything interesting. They should move the old building stuff into the new one and get rid of thing they show in the newest part.

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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.

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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 !

2  Thank javabalilombok
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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.

1  Thank Denise095
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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!

Thank EugeC
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