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“Terrific Museum to Learn about Indonesian Culture and History”
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National Museum
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Private Tour: Half-Day National Museum and Old Harbour Tour from Jakarta
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Ranked #6 of 284 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 September 16, 2013

This museum is a great stop if you want to get an indoctrination concerning Indonesian history and its multifaceted culture. I was particularly enthralled with how well the various displays described the rich diversity arising from the different ethnic groups in the various regions of the country. It is fascinating to learn the unique contributions each of those cultures makes to the Indonesian mosaic . It was something of which I was previously unaware as a Westerner. If you are visiting Indonesia and have any interest at all in learning more about Indonesian culture, this is a must-see.

1  Thank Debbie K
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Reviewed September 8, 2013

The museum is just across the road from the National Monument. It's definitely worth a visit as it only costs 10,000. There is some information on the formation of the country as well as how it first became inhabited. There's lots to see but you don't have go through it all in detail. There's a museum shop which sells snacks & souvenirs.

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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.

1  Thank JGR001
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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.

1  Thank rocket1946
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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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