National Museum, Jakarta

National Museum, Jakarta (must see)

The National Museum of Indonesia, also known to tourists as the Gedung Gajah (Elephant Building) because of the elephant statues in the front yard, hosts the finest historical, archeological, numismatic, ethnological and geographical exhibits from Indonesia and some of the completest collections from South Asia. The Museum boasts about 61,500 anthropological and prehistoric exhibits and over 5,000 archeological exhibits. The artifacts are mostly gathered from Indonesia, but other Asian countries are represented through rare objects too.

Among the highly valued collections one must notice the ceramic collection (with Indonesian exhibits as well as rare Chinese, Vietnamese and Japanese artifacts), the stone sculpture collection (with exhibits dating back from prehistoric period), the treasure rooms (featuring ancient gold and silver objects), the prehistory collection (exploring the beginnings of the Indonesian people), the historical relics collection (containing objects – mainly furniture – from the Dutch colonization period) and the ethnography collection. Other collections include numismatics, textile and bronze items.

Recently, the 1868 building proved too small for all the precious artifacts, and a new wing has been built following the original architecture. The new wing features seven levels with only four hosting permanent exhibits. The four levels are structured on themes (man and environment; knowledge, technology and economy; social organization and settlement patterns, and treasures and ceramics).

Operation hours: Tuesday - Friday: 8 am - 4 pm; Saturday - Sunday: 8:30 am - 5 pm

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Sight Name: National Museum
Sight Location: Jakarta, Indonesia (See walking tours in Jakarta)
Sight Type: Museum/Gallery
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Walking Tours in Jakarta, Indonesia

Create Your Own Walk in Jakarta

Create Your Own Walk in Jakarta

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West Jakarta Walking Tour

West Jakarta Walking Tour

The western region of Jakarta city has much for the visitor to admire. You can see some fascinating museums, great shops and renowned architectural sites and monuments. Take our West Jakarta Walking Tour to discover the beauty of this part of the city.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.4 Km or 3.4 Miles
Jakarta's Historical Buildings I

Jakarta's Historical Buildings I

Jakarta is an old city that has seen a lot of change over the course of its 1,700-year history. Today you can see a lot of fascinating buildings and other sites that show the imprint history had on the city, particularly by British and Dutch colonization. Historic places of worship also pay testament to the popularity of Buddhism and Confucianism over the course of time. Take our two-part tour to...  view more

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.6 Km or 1.6 Miles
Jakarta's Historical Buildings II

Jakarta's Historical Buildings II

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Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.5 Km or 1.6 Miles
North Jakarta Walking Tour

North Jakarta Walking Tour

The beautiful city of Jakarta traces its history all the way back to the fourth century. The city's heritage is well manifested in its customs, food, culture and language. North Jakarta, in particular, has many interesting attractions for a visitor to see, including museums, temples and mosques. Take our North Jakarta Walking Tour to see the best sights in the area.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.7 Km or 2.9 Miles
Jakarta's Top Religious Sites

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Indonesia has six official religions: Catholicism, Protestantism, Islam, Confucianism, Hinduism, and Buddhism. Most of these faiths began here during the country’s colonial times. Thanks to the city’s religious diversity, Jakarta is home to a large number of wonderful churches, temples and mosques that a visitor can admire on this tour.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.1 Km or 1.9 Miles
Central Jakarta Walk

Central Jakarta Walk

Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia, is a massive metropolis and a melting pot of cultures historically inhabiting the city – Asian and European – each leaving their imprint on the local architecture, language, cuisine, etc. Follow this orientation walk to explore some of the key sights of Central Jakarta to learn about the city's eventful past and present.

Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.4 Km or 4 Miles

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