Friday, August 14, 2009

Heritage: National Museum

The Indonesian National Museum offers historical, prehistorically, archaeological and ethnographic aspects of Indonesia through its extensive collection of artifacts and relics which date as far back as to the Stone Age. It has one of the most complete collections of bronzes and ceramics dating back to the Han, Tang and Ming Dynasties.

The Museum has one of the finest numismatic collections in the world. Currently the Museum National houses collections of 109.342 objects under categories of prehistory, archaeology, ethnography, numismatics-heraldic, geography and historical relics. The religious art section is filled with statues and sculpture salvaged from sites of Hindu, Buddhist and Islamic edifices. Its collection of Cultural instruments, household utensils, arts and crafts provides an introduction to the life of the various ethnic groups which populate Indonesia.

This museum is popularly known as Gedung Gajah or “Elephant Building” because of the elephant stone offered by King Chulalongkorn of Thailand in 1871 placed on the front lawn of the building. They offer two type of service; Consulting and Conservation & Service, Gift Shop and Parking Lot were available. Provide tours which conduct by The Indonesian Heritage Society in several languages.

Address : Jln. Medan Merdeka Barat No.12, Central Jakarta
Phone : +6221-3812346

Operating hours :
Tuesday - Thursday, Sunday : 8.30 am to 2.30 pm;
Friday : 8.30 am to 11.30 am;
Saturday : 8.30 am to 1.30 pm
The Museum is closed on Monday.

Admission charges:
Adults - Rp750
Children under 17 years and students - Rp250

The Indonesian Heritage Society conducts tours of the Museum at the following times
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 9.30 am & LAST SUNDAY of every month at 10.30 am
Tuesday 10 am and FIRST SUNDAY of every month at 10 am
Thursday 10 am

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