The Jakarta Post
The park in the center of Building A at the National Museum. A new building is currently being constructed at the museum, equipped with a theater hall that can accommodate 400 people. (-/Ni Nyoman Wira)
Forget shopping malls. Take the whole family to explore museums; an activity that is both entertaining and educational.
Here are five museums in Indonesia that you should add to your itinerary for the next family trip.
Situated near Jakarta's most popular landmark, the National Monument, Museum Nasional (National Museum) is home to two connected buildings with a third building still under construction.
Its collections mainly focus on Indonesian culture and history such as inscriptions, keris (traditional Javanese dagger), traditional boats, fabrics, musical instruments, jewelry and other ancient artifacts.
Where: Jl. Medan Merdeka Barat No. 12, Central Jakarta
Opening times: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. (Tuesday-Friday), 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. (weekends)
Virtual tour: museumnasional.indonesiaheritage.org
(Read also: Entertaining history: Akhir Pekan @Museum Nasional)
Nestled in a 3.8-hectare plot of land near Panderman mountain slope in East Java, Museum Angkut (Transportation Museum) hosts over 300 modes of transportation from Indonesia, US and Europe. The collections are interestingly divided into different zones such as Las Vegas, Sunda Kelapa and Batavia Storage, Buckingham Palace and Floating Market, which provides visitors with various souvenir options.
The museum also features several shows including a festive parade, which runs from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Where: Jl. Terusan Sultan Agung No. 2, Kota Wisata Batu, East Java
Opening times: 12 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Opened in 1928, the museum aims to expand visitors’ geological knowledge by exhibiting fossils including fauna that once lived in the Bandung area.
The museum is divided into different areas, including one with collections of geology resources, especially those found in Indonesia.
Where: Jl. Diponegoro No. 57, Bandung, West Java
Opening times: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. (Monday-Thursday), 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. (weekends)
Established in 2008, this science museum five areas featuring wide-ranging collection, covering areas such as pre-history, technology, the solar system and aquatic life.
With its vibrant colors, Taman Pintar will no doubt catch the eye of children and provide them with hours of educational fun.
Where: Jl. Panembahan Senopati No. 1-3, Yogyakarta
Opening times: 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. (Tuesday-Sunday)
The DMZ (Dream Museum Zone), better known as the 3D Art Museum, is one of the most Instagrammable museums in Indonesia. Located in Kuta, Bali, the museum is a center of trick arts, an artistic tradition originating in Korea.
Trick art is basically optical illusions turned into art, giving the impression those standing near the pieces are being chased after a giant dinosaur or crossing a large waterfall, for example. Around 120 art pieces created by Korean illusion artists can be found at the museum.
Where: Jl. Nakula No. 33X, Kuta, Bali
Opening times: 9 a.m. – 10 p.m.