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National Museum
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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 August 31, 2013

The National museum is a great attempt to start to display the history and culture of this very diverse country. There has clearly been a great effort to upgrade the facilities and there are english translations for all exhibits. The building itself could stand a bit of facelift but the rooms are already at an acceptable state. We didn't see the more modern stage of Indonesian history. Perhaps, the Jakarta History Museum could be joined? Also, more pieces would certainly help - for example, we visited the Batak Museum on Samosir Island and there were items there that would be wonderful if displayed for a larger audience in the National Museum. A final comment would be on the Hindu sculptures dotting the open center lawn plus the nearby covered area. Clearly there were a large number of pieces but there was still nothing written up. This seems to be urgent work waiting to be done.

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Reviewed August 28, 2013

Three times I have been to the museum,I always marvel at the timber floors,its location on the old city square thats always alive with performers,the friendliness of the people,oh and the Batavia Cafe opposite.

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Reviewed August 22, 2013

Estimate 2 hours and get a guide from the museum. It's well worth it, even if you think you know it all.

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Reviewed August 22, 2013

The museum has some wonderful gold treasures from the various kingdoms of Indonesia, as well as beautiful statues of the Buddha and various Hindu figurines. There are miniatures of the various styles of traditional housing around Indonesia, as well as masks, weapons and other items showing the diversity of the peoples that make up Indonesia.

The English signage is varying depending on which exhibit you are in, but I found the exhibits of various skulls of our ancestors fascinating, including the Homo floresiensis, the 'Hobbit' people discovered on the island of Flores in Indonesia. The museum is spread across five floors, with detailed exhibits relating to agriculture, transportation, living and other aspects of Indonesian life

Worth the visit for the gold treasures alone.

It is located about five to eight minutes walk from the national monument. The fee for foreigners was 10 000 rupiah per person (about 1 USD).

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Reviewed August 22, 2013

All locals would likely feel really in touch with their history if they saw this. The down side is that in this kind of climate most of the things inside will deteriorate in a couple decades as it is in a nice old building that has no AC. Even the new part which has AC is exposed by virtue of being connected by open passageways.
I loved the old map from the 1930s. I hope that the nation will preserve its belongings. Be sure to see the golden treasures on the top floor of the new building!

Thank larriette
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