Indonesia’s capital city is home to some spectacular museums. Both locals and tourists alike flock to these museums that celebrate Indonesia’s history and culture. Each is singular in its own way. If you are planning a tour through Jakarta, be sure to include these fascinating museums on your itinerary. You won’t be disappointed with their fascinating exhibits and collections.

National Museum of Indonesia

Situated in the capital city, the National Museum of Indonesia is located in the city’s center and was founded in 1778. The museum collects and preserves archeological artifacts, historical relics, and ethnological items. Regarded as one of the finest museums in all of South Asia, the museum is a must-visit and home to more than 60,000 items ranging from jeweled treasured to prehistoric stone items.

National-Museum-of-Indonesia. Photo by: CAFA ART INFO

National-Museum-of-Indonesia. Photo by: CAFA ART INFO

Jakarta History Museum

While the Jakarta History Museum also known as Fatahillah Museum opened to the public in 1974, the actual building was constructed in 1707 as Batavia’s city hall. The building also housed offices for the Dutch East India Company. The museum is filled with more than 23,000 historic artifacts. While many are associated with colonization, there are also many objects in the collection that date to the prehistoric era. Anyone interested in Jakarta’s history will also find many items associated with the city’s founding in the 1500s.

Museum Fatahillah photo by: Wikipedia

Museum Fatahillah photo by: Wikipedia

Maritime Museum

Jakarta’s Maritime Museum is a celebration of the sea and the voyageurs–past and present–who travel upon it. Visitors can expect to see models of historic boats such as an ancient Javanese ship. Situated in Jakarta’s Old Town, the museum boasts many relics from various centuries. From old maps to canons to ship implements, this museum is a must for anyone interesting in sailing and Indonesia’s long maritime history.

Museum Bahari. Photo by: Indonesia Travel

Museum Bahari. Photo by: Indonesia Travel

Fine Art and Ceramic Museum

Established in 1976, Jakarta’s Fine Art and Ceramic Museum is dedicated to showcasing Indonesian ceramics and fine art. Filled with handicrafts and artisan-created works, the museum also celebrates Indonesian painters from various art periods. While Indonesian materials are the primary focus of the museum, visitors will also see some works from Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese, and even European artists.

Museum Seni Rupa & Keramik. Photo by: Indonesia Travel

Museum Seni Rupa & Keramik. Photo by: Indonesia Travel

Pusaka Museum

The extraordinary Pusaka Museum, also known as the Heritage Museum, collects and preserves traditional weapons, relics that are regarded culturally as heirlooms. Weapons represent the various cultures of the islands and are presented in the museum for study. Considerable research is performed at the museum, which is highly regarded throughout Indonesia.

Mueseum Pusaka. photo by: Harun Harahap

Mueseum Pusaka. photo by: Harun Harahap

Textile Museum

Jakarta’s Textile Museum displays various textiles from Indonesia’s islands. The building dates to the nineteenth century and was once the residence of the Turkish consulate to Batavia. The museum showcases extraordinary examples of batik and other woven textiles. Visitors will see exhibitions that feature the tools used for weaving and textile production.

Textiles-Museum of Jakarta. Photo by: Tripadvisor

Textiles-Museum of Jakarta. Photo by: Tripadvisor

The Indonesia Museum

The varied peoples of Indonesia are celebrated by this museum and its collections dedicated to anthropology and ethnology. Decorated ornately in the Balinese style, the museum was founded in 1975. Filled with crafts, costumes, and traditional handicrafts, the museum presents a view of Indonesia that is vibrant and rich. From ceremonial costumes to religious artifacts, the museum boasts many imaginative displays and features breathtaking exhibitions. When visiting Jakarta, be sure to find out about special events held at the museum.

No trip to Jakarta would be complete without visiting these illustrious museums. However, Jakarta boasts other museums, too, that may be less known but are quite as interesting in their own singular ways. Other museums that are popular with visitors include the Satria Mandala Military Museum, the Wayang Museum, the Insect Museum, and the Komodo Indonesian Fauna Museum. If you can see them all, be sure to add them to your itinerary.

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