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National Museum
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Ranked #5 of 277 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.
Reviewed January 14, 2013

Every aspects from ancient Indonesia can be found there.
Especially the old statues and dutch colonisation
The entrance fee cost 5000 rupiah each.

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Reviewed January 14, 2013

Extensive collections of ancient and more modern art, statuary, clothing and jewelry, the museum isn't perfect, but well worth a half-day visit.

It's hot inside, as are most public buildings in Indonesia. Another glaring flaw is that there are no docents. Americans (sorry to complain but with the museum's offerings, it would do them well to add guides, a brochure and make an effort to assist visitors) would expect a national museum would have docents, guides or at least a printed brochure to explain its collections.

Enough complaining. What wasn't great was too minor when comparing the museum's offerings.

Find the Treasure Room upstairs, on the second floor, at the far end of the building. Look for a staircase and go up. There, standing at the top of the stairs, just before entering the nearly pure golden jewelry room, is the famous statue of Ken Dedes. She stands behind thick thick glass now---but it's her. The country's most important statue. Fully intact. Seemingly flawless, as are the golden jewels inside the room behind her. The pieces are archived fantastically and mostly intact. Other countries' museum curators would lust over these collections.

The entire museum features amazing statuary, some of which they are not sure what to do with--it seems.

The gamelan collections are extensive. I just wish there had been more narrative as there is inside the room to the immediate right. The fishing-boat houses of Sumatra are well described and in full detail. But so many other exhibits are not.

I think every Indonesian must visit this museum and be proud of their country.

Whoever works with its archives and catalogues must be commended so they can archive more and more.

I saw raise the cost and advertise to tourists that are flooding the country. And use the proceeds for improvements and guides and printed reading materials. I want more from this museum but I was astonished at its quality and quantity. A third world country has so much to offer.

They need to know it.

4  Thank Floridabluemacau
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Reviewed January 12, 2013

I like the collection. it has collection from Hindu-Buddha period until Dutch colonial period. it has vary collection. i never get bored after came for many times. the ticket price is not expensive, just Rp5.000,00 for public and Rp2.0000,00 for students. the access is easy. it is near the Transjakarta shelter. you just have to walk for a while to get it.
i love this museum :D

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Reviewed January 10, 2013

We went there on the 4th Jan, and there's a major construction going on right outside the entrance. There's only a sign for cars to go to the parking lot, thank god we had a driver that day, or else I would think the museum was close! (yes, there's no sign at all for visitors at the entrance)

Pretty amazed by the collection in this museum, but a good portion of them are not well preserved, which is kind of sad. After we were done with all floors and about to go, we realized there's another (quite hidden) exhibition on the other side on the ground floor. We were very surprised by the number of stone statues that are kept there, yet a lot of them do not have any info regarding the statues :S .

Thank Alexa C
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Reviewed January 2, 2013

Good preserved museum, it's clean and give clear instruction in english for foreign visitors. Price is pretty cheap and usually there's few events in this area. Perhaps you could join them too.

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