Although it is far from world class and in need of a good curator (or more money) to help tell a better story, nonetheless it is a great start for any tourist interested in learning the rich tapestry that makes up Indonesia.
There are three main sections to the museum, first being the courtyard section with all the sculptures and artifacts from various parts and past of Indonesia. The second area is the ethnography section which is the most interesting, offering you glimpses to the various make-up of indigenous Indonesia. There are numerous artifacts from weapons, musical instruments, clothes, tools, etc., from different ethnicities. As a foreigner, it’s a great way to understand the different cultures within the country. The last section of the museum is the newest part (has AC) and consists of several smaller rooms / presentations of more recent history of Indonesia.
This is definitely a great place to spend a long afternoon, as admission is very inexpensive and easy to get to – close to MONAS. Highly recommend a visit to help you appreciate Indonesia culture and history more. It’s unfortunate that there’s such embrace to moving forward but not seeming enough of its beautiful past. Much of the presentations are crude and in need of updating.
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