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Reviewed July 18, 2013

amazing sclupture! it really amaze me how people collected all these tablets and historical record and artifacts and maintained it the way it is! i spend 3 hour just staring at all the things inside the museum, definitely worth to check out!

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Reviewed June 24, 2013

Short walk from Grand Hyatt Hotel. Lots of displays of stone carvings of the area. Displays of miniatures of houses of the region in cases. Many other displays. Geared towards ages 10 and up. Lots to read in English. Definitely worth it.

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Reviewed June 9, 2013

I had a great time in there, spent an entire day, i really loved ,,, the only negative point was the poor level of protection of the invaluable pieces of art there, atmosphere and time is already damaging most of them, i really wish that the management can find the fund to provide a better protection to the pieces exposed in there

Thank REDA B
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Reviewed May 18, 2013

The old part of the museum consists of several exhibition halls dedicated to the history, ethnography and textiles of Indonesia; a more modern wing houses exhibits on trade, economy, minerals and other aspects of life in Indonesia. There is a small shop selling bottled drinks, packaged snacks, some booklets published by the Heritage Society, and some souvenirs aimed at the lower end of the market! We only visited the old part of the museum on this trip.

Nineth and tenth century stone carvings of Hindu gods and Buddhas from the Majapahit era spill out into a grassy courtyard, making you wonder at what life on Java was really like back then. Unfortunately only a few are labelled, but it's an impressive collection. Considering the vast variety of batik, ikats, sonkets and other fabrics in Indonesia, the textiles exhibits leave you wanting, but this was the last room we visited and our energy and attention were waning.

There is an entire ground floor wing devoted to the ethnography of Indonesia's main islands and island groups. It's full of dusty cabinets and montages of gamelan orchestras, musical instruments, clothing, jewellery, articles of worship, and some weaponry. The huge statues and a canoe carved from a single tree trunk from West Papua are among the most impressive. Unfortunately, many articles are mislabelled (or missing labels altogether). Adjoining is a room with intricate scale models of the typical houses of island groups, from the carved homes of Bukittinggi and Tana Toraja to the thatched stilt houses from the smaller islands.

We live in Indonesia so were familiar with many of the references but I think the lack of information and rather uncreative displays might make it a bit of a blur to those on their first visit. Still, an engaging way to pass a couple of hours. A nice coffee shop and a shop with nice hardcover books on Indonesia and a selection of handicrafts would make it a more attractive place to spend a few hours.

1  Thank Michaela N
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Reviewed May 15, 2013

Part of the museum was under renovation and we arrived there an hour before the closing hours. It was a very informative take on the history of Jakarta and I love museums so much that I would have enjoyed this if only I had enough time. The only downside from this was the security because there were a bunch of kids who were fooling around the museum displays and the security did not even come to apprehend them about their disrespect to their country's treasures.

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