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“Perhaps the best start to a richer understanding of Indonesia history and culture”
Review of National Museum

National Museum
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$75.00*
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Private Antique Tour in Jakarta
Ranked #5 of 269 things to do in Jakarta
Certificate of Excellence
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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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“Perhaps the best start to a richer understanding of Indonesia history and culture”
Reviewed December 31, 2012

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.

Visited November 2012
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“A best place to learn about the history of Indonesia”
Reviewed December 30, 2012

No dislikes.
Amazed that Indonesian appreciate their history and depict the Hindu influence as part of their past.

Visited December 2012
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Bandung, Indonesia
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“A great collection in desperate need of tourguides”
Reviewed December 30, 2012

The collection of sculptures, artifacts, etc. from around Indonesia is staggering, but it appears like things are just grouped together and then guests are allowed to see what they will. I'd love to see some professional tour guides hired so that Indonesians could utilize and appreciate this museum more.

Visited October 2012
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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“Major renovation going on!”
Reviewed December 29, 2012

The old wing is worth the time but not the new wing.Lack of exhibits was such a turn off.Location wise its close enough to the national monument is easy enough to get to.

Visited December 2012
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“better than National Museum!”
Reviewed December 27, 2012

The entrance fee is cheap! more exhibition from other countries! the building is cool. The archeological section needs to be seriously taken care of.

Visited January 2012
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