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“great intro to Indonesian ethnic groups”
Review of National Museum

National Museum
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Private Tour: Half-Day National Museum and Old Harbour Tour from Jakarta
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Private Tour: Full-Day Highlights of Jakarta Tour with Lunch
Ranked #5 of 274 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.
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“great intro to Indonesian ethnic groups”
Reviewed August 21, 2012

the country is such a diverse group of ethnic groups and the museum served as a good introduction to Indonesia which we could refer to as we traveled to other places.

Visited August 2012
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“Great Collection - poorly exhibited”
Reviewed August 16, 2012

The portions of the museum that we visited were interesting but the entire place is in need of a SERIOUS renovation. Incredible artifacts and displays but the information was mostly on faded - typed (as in a type writer) cards or coated pages in small font. many things were not bilingual - not in English. We really liked the richness and diversity of the things we saw, truly a testament to Indonesia's many cultures, diverse religions and extensive size and geography.

Visited July 2012
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Wakefield, United Kingdom
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“A beautiful building”
Reviewed August 11, 2012

It felt like a collection of anything old from Jakarta assembled together in one building. There is little organisation but all the exhibits are in their original condition and at 2000rp it is not expensive. It is nice to just go upstairs and over look the square in Kota Tua

Visited July 2012
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Mumbai, India
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“The National Museum, Jakarta”
Reviewed August 7, 2012

The National Museum, Jakarta
The National Museum dwarfs all other museums in Jakarta. So does the entry fee of Rp. 10,000 – five times the standard fee elsewhere. With the red ticket marked “Foreign”, the museum clearly practices differential pricing. It is one of Asia’s finest museums, and covers several aspects of Indonesia’s history, culture and way of life.
The section on archaeology has numerous large stone carvings of Hindu Gods and Goddesses, particularly those of Ganesh, the elephant-headed God of Wisdom. There are also numerous Buddhist deities and a number of Indonesia’s past kings and queens.
The section on traditional architecture has models in wood and palm leaves, with complex, exquisitely beautiful roof designs.
Porcelain exhibits from a number of countries include complex and elaborately painted vases, plates, teapots, vessels, bird and animal figurines, and the like.
Much space is taken up by the ethnology section., covering the lives of tribal people, particularly those of Papua. The exhibits feature their decorative clothes, statues, handicrafts, wood carvings, traditional masks, bead and shell jewellery, huge statues of Mbis, ancestrial spirits standing atop each other, as well as a range of musical instruments. There is even a huge original dug-out canoe.
There are several sets of antique, exquisitely carved Gamelan percussion musical instruments in the main hall.
The section on Bali has very intricate traditional wood carvings of Gods and Goddesses, weapons,, musical instruments, Wayang Kulit buffalo leather puppets, wooden carved masks for dancers, and even a full-scale model of a Barong dance performance. It is a battle between that mythical creature and the wicked witch Rangda.
Do not miss the Gold Room, full of religious statuettes, head bands, embossed plates, intricately carved jewellery, and the like. The technology that must have been available to the jewelers of that time must have been very advanced
This is one of the finest museums in Asia. While the presentation is not always good, the artifacts on display are among the very best anywhere.

Visited July 2012
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Ciudad Juarez, Mexico
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“Indonesia SHOULD have a better national museum.”
Reviewed July 19, 2012

Great place, great artifacts, but the place needs lot's of upkeep, better explanations, in fact a bigger museum that displays all the history and greatness of this country.
It's like the government of Indonesia doesn't really care about it's past, and as a people Indonesians deserve a better venue for their history.
No aircon, no photos allowed, come on.
I mean you have to go there, but it should be a bigger much better museum.
I been there 2 or 3 times and it is as if nothing has passed in 10 years.

Visited October 2011
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