International Museum Day : 43 Jakartan Museums to Participate

Jakarta MuseumsInternational Museum Day is Saturday May 18th and will coincide with the Jakarta Festival Museum Day

The Jakarta Festival Museum Day is held again by Jakarta Culture and Tourism Department on the upcoming Saturday (5/19). This event aims to increase people’s passion in visiting museums. As much as 43 museums will participate in the event that will be centered at Fatahillah Museum, Kota Tua area, Tamansari, West Jakarta, starting from 10 AM to 10 PM.

Head of Jakarta Culture and Tourism Department Arie Budhiman said the event will not only feature exhibition but also education attraction which can be enjoyed by the visitors at the 43 participating museums. For example, Museum of Bank Indonesia will demonstrate counterfeit money identification and treatment for old money methods, Museum of Arts and Ceramics will feature demonstration about ceramic crafting, and Textile Museum will demonstrate how to draw batik patterns.
“The 2012 Jakarta Festival Museum Day is the right momentum for students to spend their long holiday with its thick educational nuances,” stated Arie at the City Hall, Tuesday (5/15).
Besides the exhibitions mentioned above, this event will also hold talk show with Ali Akbar from Cultural Science Faculty of Indonesia University as one of the speakers. Moreover, there will be also museum oration competition for students to compete in and photography competition prepared by the event organizer.
Head of Destination Attraction Management Section for Jakarta Culture and Tourism Department Ida Subaidah uttered that visitor will get more knowledge and understandings about museums by visiting this event.
“The Jakarta Festival Museum Day is a yearly event. Fatahilah Park has become its venue twice. Previously, this event was held at FX Plaza, Senayan,” she explained.

I’ve previously written about the Bogor Zoological Museum here and started trying to write about the number of museums in Indonesia here but in Indonesia many museums are poorly funded and poorly maintained. Explanations can be hit and miss, often lacking an English explanation coupled with the difficulties in getting around Jakarta, schools and teachers are often reluctant to try and schedule a field trip as part of the learning process.

Previously we have visited the Museum of Electricity and New Energy, for a Year 10 Energy Unit, the Bogor Zoological Museum for a Year 7 Classification Unit, the Textile Museum for Year 9 or 10 Materials Technology class,  and the Maritime Museum by the Year 8s studying Indonesian Maritime history.

I think the year 6’s in PYP also visit the National History Museum and the Puppet Museum at times as well.


Here are a list of Museums that I have collected from different internet sites.

Top Museums in Jakarta

  1. National Museum
  2. Maritime Museum (Museum Bahari)
  3. Puppet Museum (Museum Wayang)
  4. Museum Bank Indonesia
  5. Fine Arts & Ceramics Museum (Balai Seni Rupa)
  6. Taman Prasasti (Park of Memorial Stones)
  7. Museum Satria Mandala (Armed Forces Museum)
  8. Textile Museum
  9. Jakarta History Museum (Fatahillah Museum)

National Archives Museum

Address: 111 Jalan Gajah Mada, Jakarta, Indonesia

 Opening Hours : ?

Fee : Free (Donations accepted)

Description: Beautiful historic buildings and grounds of the former Governor of Batavia.

However, you will not find any archives at there, as they have all been moved to another places. The building itself is lovely and now many people will do Pre Wedding Picture there.

“Despite its name, in true Jakarta style this museum is nothing to do with the National Archives (which is in a new building in South Jakarta). But it is well worth a visit. The building was constructed around 1760 as the home of a prominent Dutch businessman and later Governor of Batavia, Reiner de Klerk. It was restored in 2000 and is a large, airy house with odd bits of aged furniture and some interesting items and information, for example, a model of Captain Cook’s Endeavour and the news that after repairing the Endeavour on the island of Onrust north of Jakarta, he lost many of his men to disease in the old city of Batavia which was beautiful but rife with malaria and other sicknesses and as a result chose never to stop there on his subsequent trips.

The architecture is very interesting, original 18th century windows and door and window pieces elaborately carved with insignias from the old Dutch East India company. There is also a back courtyard and the u-shaped old outbuildings, all of which have been restored, with some interesting old photographs on exhibit upstairs in one wing.

To get there you get off the busway at Mangga Besar and walk a few shops down on the main road, Jalan Gaja Madah. Despite its excellent condition and one or two guards it is curiously empty, I was the only visitor on the day I visited.”  by Denise095 from Trip advisor

National Museum

Jl Merdeka Barat 12 Jakarta,

 Ph 021 381 2346 Website

Fee: Yes (~10,000 IDR)

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

Large ethnography section, this museum houses a range of historical artefacts, statues and objects from across Indonesia. It is housed in an old colonial building and has a recent new addition.

Puppet Museum (Museum Wayang)

Jl. Pintu Besar Utara 27 | Old Batavia, Jakarta, Indonesia

62 21 692 9560

Closed on Mondays! (I learned the hard way)

JI Pintu Besar Utara 27 Taman Fatahillah
021 692 9560
admission 2000Rp
9am-1.30pm Tue-Fri & Sun, to 12.30pm Sat

Description: This museum exhibits a great many wayang kulit, two-dimensional puppets used in the ancient art of Javanese storytelling.

If you love culture, history, and folklore, this is one of the places you must visit in Jakarta. It has great collections of different traditional puppets from different areas and ethnicity in Indonesia as well as some from around the world. The display is pretty good, lots of written information in both Bahasa and English. The building is old and not well maintained, just like most old buildings in Jakarta

Museum Bank Indonesia

JL. Pintu Besar Utara 3, Jakarta, Indonesia


Unlike other museums in Jakarta, this one is recently renovated, with better presentation materials and fun to explore. Supported by new technology to explain the history and also old money from all over the world, highly recommended for kids and adults.  very modern with contemporary art design.

Jakarta History Museum (Fatahillah Museum)

Jl Taman Fatahillah 1 | Old Batavia, Jakarta, Indonesia

62 21 692 9101

Description: Also called the Museum of Old Batavia, Fatahillah Museum occupies the old town hall and contains artifacts, weapons and an old jail.

The old town hall of Batavia still stands in front of the square where they used to hang people but now where you can ride antique bicycles rented for 15-30 minutes in one go, close to other precious museums like the Museum Wayang (Shadowpuppet Museum), the gorgeous Museum Bank Indonesia, and Museum Bank Mandiri.

This museum has a lot of history in it. It’s been standing there for centuries and was once functioned as a City Hall. The dungeon was used as prison, and some said (rumour has it) there was a secrert passageway from the museum to other places in Jakarta. Although it is a great heritage of Indonesia’s colonial history, it is sadly, poorly maintained. And for a museum, I’d say it is lack of information to be given to visitors

Maritime Museum (Museum Bahari)

Jl Pasar Ikan 1
admission 2000Rp
9am-3pm Tue-Sun

Fee: Yes

Description: These former Dutch East Indies warehouses contain objects related to seafaring and the spice trade.

Visiting this museum brought me back to Indonesia in its maritime golden age, a country rich of spices with strong traditional maritime kingdoms. The museum is a renovated old building which makes it special and brings back the ambience of the past.
There are several replicas and real sea transports, brought from various regions in Indonesia. Also, there are maps and site plans of various maritime villages in the past. Some of them mostly were destroyed and some are developed. You can also see several sea creatures. It was such a shame that the collection didn’t really represent the richness of the country and was poorly arranged by period or collection type. The museum was spacious but didn’t really have huge numbers of collections.

Near the entrance to Sunda Kelapa, several old VOC warehouses (dating back to 1652) have been converted into the Museum Bahari. This is a good place to learn about the city’s maritime history, and though the wonderful old buildings (some renovated) are echoingly empty there are some good information panels (in English and Bahasa Indonesia). Under the heavy wooden beams of the vast old storage premises are various random exhibits: a sextant (used for astronomical navigation), various traditional boats from around Indonesia, the shell of a giant clam, plenty of pickled fish and a lighthouse lamp or two. The sentry posts outside are part of the old city wall. Just before the entrance to the museum is a watchtower, built in 1839 to sight and direct traffic to the port. There are good views over the harbour, but opening hours are haphazard – ask for the caretaker if it is closed.

Textile Museum (Museum Tekstil)

Jl Aipda KS Tubun 4 | Menteng, Jakarta 11421, Indonesia


 Fee: Yes

Description: At this museum tourists learn the history and methods of the traditional art of Javanese batik.

Nice textiles but poorly looked after.

The building was once the home of a French merchant in the 1700s and is very beautiful.

The best thing is the batik making course. A short course held in the house just behind the museum building. Just pay Rp30,000 (approx USD3) for the whole process (this price is including entrance fee to museum of Rp2,000)

National History Museum (at base of Monas)

adult/child 1500/500Rp
closed on the last Monday of every month

In the base of the monument Monas, the National History Museum tells the story of Indonesia’s independence struggle in 48 dioramas using figurine models. The numerous uprisings against the Dutch are overstated but interesting; Sukarno is barely mentioned and the events surrounding the 1965 coup are a whitewash.

Museum Sejarah Jakarta

Jl Pintu Besar Utara Taman Fatahillah
tel, info: 021 692 9101
admission 2000Rp

Hours : 9am-3pm Tue-Sun

The Jakarta History Museum is housed in the old town hall of Batavia, a stately Dutch-style structure that was once the epicentre of an empire. This bell-towered building, built in 1627, served the administration of the city and was also used by the city law courts.

Museum of Electricity and New Energy, Taman Mini II (TMII), Jakarta.


About Pak Liam

Living, teaching and traveling in Asia.
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One Response to International Museum Day : 43 Jakartan Museums to Participate

  1. Pak Liam says:

    Hi, to be honest, I do not know, but I will look into it and try!

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