Cultural Sites In Jakarta
Museums & Galleries
The National Museum of Indonesia
The National Museum of Indonesia is also called “the Elephant Museum” because there’s an bronze medal elephant sculpture at the front park of the museum. The National Museum has more than 140,000 collections consisting of prehistoric collection, archeological collection, foreign ceramic collection, numismatic/heraldic collection, colonial collection, ethnographical and geographic collection. The majority of items in the museum come from the Dutch colonial era, obtained through military and science expedition, people's grant, consignment and purchasing. The Indonesian Heritage Society organizes free English tours of the National Museum at 10:30 AM on Tuesdays and on Thursdays at 10:30 AM and at 1:30 PM. Tours are also available every second Saturday and last Sunday in the month at 1:30 PM.
Full Address : Jl. Medan Merdeka Barat No.12, Jakarta Pusat, Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta 10110
Official Website: http://www.museumnasional.or.id/
This museum is located in a building from 1912. It showcases many puppets (wayang = “puppet”) and it is one of the best collections of wayang puppets in Java. Characters come from all over Indonesia, China, Vietnam, India, Cambodia and Europe. Every Sunday at 10am there are free wayan performances.
Full Address : Jl. Pintu Besar Utara No. 27, Pinangsia, Jakarta Barat
Official Website: http://www.museumwayang.com/Beranda.html
Located in the old town hall of Batavia, this bell-towered building served the administration of the city and was also used by the city law courts. It was built in 1627, today it hosts different types of sculptures and arts, from teak furniture from the Dutch period to the stunning black granite sculpture of Kali (Hindu goddess associated with destruction and death).
Full Address : Jl. Taman Fatahillah No. 1, Jakarta Barat
Museum Bank Indonesia
This museum is dedicated to Indonesia's history from a financial perspective. It is located in a former bank headquarters from the early 20th century. The building has been restored and now it displays exhibits about the spice trade and 1997's financial meltdown with its subsequent riots. It also features a currency gallery and notes from different countries of the world.
Full Address : Jl. Pintu Besar Utara No.4, Kota Jakarta Barat
Located about 2 km southwest of Merdeka Square, this museum features a wide collection of around 2000 precious textiles. Some of the pieces are of batik, both antique and contemporary, looms, and a garden where plants used for natural dyes are displayed.
Full Address : Jl. Aipda KS Tubun No. 2-4 Jakarta Pusat
Squares & Plazas
Monas (Monumen Nasional – National Monument)
Located in the centre of Merdeka Square, Central Jakarta, the National Monument of the Republic of Indonesia is a 132m (433ft) tower which commemorates the struggle for Indonesian independence. Monas is topped by a gold foil flame. The opening hours of the monument and the museum are: 08.00 - 15.00 Western Indonesia Time (UTC+7) everyday (except for the last Monday of each month when the monument is closed). A lift on the southern side takes visitors at a height of 115 metres above ground level, to the viewing platform. The top platform can accommodate about 50 people. Tickets allow access to the National History Museum display of dioramas as well as several other parts of the area. It is advisable to visit Monas early in the morning, preferably before 8am, and proceed directly to the lift to the observation tower. Long queues tend to build up quickly for the usage of the lift.
Full Address : Medan Merdeka, Jakarta Pusat
Taman Fatahillah was once the heart of Dutch colonial Indonesia. It is locate in Kota (= “town”), which was once the old town of Batavia. Most of the old building in the area are now destroyed, or rotted, however, Taman Fatahillah remains a place to visit, in order to get a glimpse of what the old town Batavia used to be.
Full Address : Jl. Taman Fatahillah No. 2, Jakarta Barat