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Museums of Jakarta

24 Oct 2006  All day exploring Jakarta
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With the Jakarta's BusWay Mass Transportation, it's now getting easier for you to explore the town, from west to central. All just in a hop of the busway! Start your day by stopping at Jakarta Kota Station. Explore the first 5 museums, continue to stop at Museum Nasional Station and explore the next 2 museums. Finally, take busway to Sarinah Station and shop handicrafts and souvenirs there!

  • Explore locations featured in this Trip List: Jakarta
  • Category: Walking tour
  • Traveler type: Culture, Sightseeing, Shopping
  • Appeals to: Tourists
  • Seasons: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
  • 1. Museum Bank Mandiri

    This property is easy to spot, just opposite the Jakarta Kota busway station and Jakarta Kota Train Station. It showcases collection of Bank Mandiri; a prominent government-bank which is the result of merger of several banks back from Asian economic crisis. The collection including bank layout with several original furniture, banking appliances, and other bank-related item.

  • 2. Museum Bank Indonesia
    Museum Bank Indonesia, Jakarta, Java

    The museum is just north of Museum Bank Mandiri. Sporting almost identical layout as the former, this museum showcases the journey of Indonesia's national bank (and the only bank to regulate money circulation in Indonesia) from the back days up to now. Officially opened in July 2009, this museum also offer some interactive zone as well as a theater showing short documentary.

  • 3. Fatahillah Museum
    Jakarta History Museum (Fatahillah Museum), Jakarta, Java

    also known as Jakarta History Museum (Museum Sejarah Jakarta). the building was a city hall during Dutch Colonial Era. Step inside the museum to check out some historical items or admire the architecture, standing by its large window will get you a picturesque idea of what it's like back then.

  • 4. Fine Arts & Ceramics Museum (Balai Seni Rupa)
    Fine Arts & Ceramics Museum (Balai Seni Rupa), Jakarta, Java

    As the name suggest, the museum is a home to several work of arts; from paintings, ceramic objects, sculptures, and other art installations. Housed in the former court of justice, one can also admire its architecture with a garden in the middle.
    A ceramic workshop is open for visitor who wants to try to make pottery craft (at an additional cost).

  • 5. Puppet Museum (Museum Wayang)
    Museum Wayang, Jakarta, Java

    Wayang is a traditional puppet of people in Southeast Asia. Specific to Indonesia, there are 2 prominent type of wayang that are played among Java society; Wayang kulit (shadow puppet made of calf skin) and Wayang golek (wooden puppet). Admire the many type of puppet in this museum, not only from Indonesia, but also from around the world.

  • 6. National Monument (MONAS)
    National Monument (MONAS), Jakarta, Java

    A symbol of Jakarta, the tower also acts as a museum. It's divided into 3 main parts; the top is an observation tower; the mezzanine has a large podium overlooking all over Monas Square. Inside, there is a replica of National flag and a room where one can listen to the proclamation text being spoken by Indonesia's first president, Soekarno. In the basement, there are 30s dioramas depicting Indonesia's history.

  • 7. National Museum
    National Museum, Jakarta, Java

    The museum is located just opposite MONAS. It has large collection of artifacts, sculptures, and ceramics. The new wing also exhibit several painting collections.

  • 8. Sarinah

    The first department store in Jakarta. Of course it is one of the oldest department store in town, but it is also few of those which sells souvenirs from all over Indonesia!