Hearing the word of Jakarta, you may immediately imagine the long traffic jams haunting all the areas of this city. However, formerly known as Batavia, Jakarta is still popularly visited by the tourists who are curious about the attractiveness of Indonesia’s capital city. In fact, there are many exciting places not to be skipped if you are on holiday in Jakarta. Beside its grandeur buildings and famous shopping centres widely spread, even in every corner, it also has many historical secrets safely kept in the museums. With so many museums located in Jakarta, there are several interesting museums we recommend for you to visit. What are they? Check out these following 5 museums in Jakarta..
Jakarta History Museum
Doing museums tour in Jakarta would be incomplete if you skip a visit to Jakarta History Museum. This museum, better known as Fatahillah Museum, is located in the western part of Jakarta. The place is quite strategic, close to the last stop of Trans Jakarta Bus Corridor 1, Station Town, even passed by quite a lot of public transportations. Built in 1710, this museum was once used as a town hall of the Dutch government. Even at the bottom of thi museum there is also a prison. While walking around Fatahillah Museum, you can enjoy a wide collection of historical items which are hundreds or even thousands years old, such as the collection of Chinese ceramics, paintings, furnitures in Dutch colonial era, the statue of Hermes, cannon, inscriptions, and ancient living tools. Do not forget also to visit the other museums around Fatahillah Museum: Puppet Museum, Museum of Fine Arts and Ceramics, Maritime Museum, Bank Mandiri Museum, and Bank Indonesia Museum.
Moving into the middle of Jakarta, you can enjoy this city’s icon: the National Monument. Reaching this place is quite easy, just go by Trans Jakarta bus to Block M – Kota Tua route. The monument consists of several parts. First, the top where you can enjoy the view of Jakarta from a height of 137 meters. Next, there is also a voice recording of the first president of Republic Indonesia, Ir. Sukarno, reading the text of the Indonesia’s Independence proclamation. The next area is the National History Museum, located on the ground floor. Here the visitors can witness the diorama of Indonesia’s independence struggle complete with the battle armors used at the time, Tapered Bamboo. Outside the monument’s building, visitors can enjoy the Fountains and Garden area of approximately 80 acres that surround the monument.
The next place for historical tour in Jakarta is Satriamandala Museum, located on Gatot Subroto Street, South Jakarta. More complete than what tourists can find at the National Monument, Satriamandala Museum stores the weapons from the army of Indonesia and Indonesian people which were used during the war of Indonesia’s independence. Not only weapons, even aircraft which had ever been flown by a great hero Augustine Adisutjipto stored in this museum’s display.
Slightly relaxed and away from the impression of the battle, Kite Museum that is located in Pondok Labu, South Jakarta contains the kites collections from various regions in Indonesia. This museum is a place of recreation as well educational games for children to understand the traditional kites and their origins. For the visitors who come with small children there are various creative activities provided by the museum owners.
Taman Mini Indonesia Indah Museum
To end up your museums tour in Jakarta, Taman Mini Indonesia Indah is the last great place to visit. Taman Mini Indonesia Indah is designed as a botanical garden that brings the charm of the entire territories of Indonesia. This tourist attraction that is located in the eastern part of Jakarta has 17 museums, 34 provincial bridges, places of worship, areas of flora and fauna, and recreational areas which are all ready to visit. To make a note, Museum of Science Technology Demonstration Centre and Transportation Museum should not be skipped from your visit lists because they are very interesting and informative also.