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Jakarta Museums
Museum List by Area: Central, North, South, West

Central Jakarta

Adam Malik Museum

Address: Jalan Diponegoro 29, Central Jakarta.
Phone: (62)(21) 3193 7403.
Review: The late Adam Malik is a former Indonesian vice president, the president of UN general assembly (1971) and journalist. Beautiful collection of Asian porcelain, art, and cameras. Opening hours: 10.00 AM to 01.00 PM.

Forestry Museum
Address: Manggala Wanabakti Building, Jl. Gatot Subroto, Senayan
Phone: (62)(21) 5703246, Fax: (62)(21) 5701147.

Museum Perumusan
Address: Jalan Imam Bonjol, Jakarta
Review: This Museum is significant for the fact that it was where the future President Soekarno and his deputy Vice President Hatta were brought to write the proclamation of independence at the end of World War II.
The building is actually the former home of the Commander of the Japanese forces during World War II, Admiral Maeda. Maeda was a keen supporter of Indonesian independence, especially as the Japanese became aware they would not win the war, and with his help Soekarno and Hatta made the first steps towards independence. Inside this museum you will find the private collection of the Admiral's days in Indonesia.

National Museum
National MuseumsAddress: Jalan Merdeka Barat 12 (BRT Monumen Nasional), Gambir, Central Jakarta. Review: The National Museum is a fantastic introduction to Indonesia's history and culture. If you have trouble telling your driver where you want to go, just mention “Gedung Gajah”, or the “elephant building” as it is popularly known. more

Proclamation Museum
Address: Jl Pegangsaan Timur 56, Central Jakarta.
Review: On August 17, 1945, Soekarno and Hatta proclaim the Independence of Indonesia at 56, Pegangsaan Timur Street. There are 2 giant statues of Soekarno and Hatta.

Taman Prasasti/Gravestones Museum
Address: Jl. Tanah Abang I, Tanah Abang Central Jakarta 10160.
Review: Gravestones of famous people during Dutch occupation (1700-1945). Statues, hearse, and a beautiful park.

Textile Museum
Address: Jl. Aipda KS. Tubun 2-4, Central Jakarta 11410.
Phone: (62)(21) 560 6613.
Review: Housed in an old villa, the building was originally owned by a French businessman in the 19th century before being sold to a Turkish consul to Batavia.
The building then went through various government hands before the Textile Museum was established here in 1975. Inside, you'll find over 300 indigenous textiles from all over Indonesia including cotton and silk batik, intricately woven ikat and various others.
There's also a detailed explanation on the making of batik as well as a set of rare rattan armor from West Papua.
Opening hours: Tues-Thurs & Sun 9 AM - 4 PM, Fri 9 AM - 3 PM. Closed on Monday.

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North Jakarta

Maritime Museum (Museum Bahari)
Maritime MuseumMusuem CeramicsAddress: Pasar Ikan, 1 North Jakarta.
Review: These former Dutch East Indies warehouses contain objects related to seafaring and the spice trade.

South Jakarta

Basoeki Abdullah
Address: Jl. Keuangan Raya No.19, Cilandak Barat, South Jakarta.
Phone: (62)(21) 769 8926.
Review: The late Basoeki Abdullah was a famous painter in Indonesia and Dutch. Collection: hundreds of beautiful paintings, sculpture, masks, watches. Opening hours: 08.30 AM to 03.30 PM daily, except Monday.

Harry Darsono
Address: Jl. Cilandak Tengah No. 71, South Jakarta.
Phone: (62)(21) 386 7830.
Review: Harry Darsono PhD is a famous, multi talented designer. His famous design includes fashion, batik, and furniture. He is also a lecturer at universities, amateur musician, and wine connosieur. Collection: fashion, textile, batik, antique piano.

Police Museum
Address: Jl. Trunojoyo 1, South Jakarta.

Satria Mandala (formerly Wisma Yaso)
Address: Jl. Gatot Soebroto, South Jakarta.
Phone: (62)(21) 5227949.
Review: Military Museum. Wisma Yaso is the former residence of Indonesian first president, Soekarno.

Sasmita Loka
Address: TBA
Review: The former house of Gen. Ahmad Yani who was kidnapped and murdered in the communist attempt to stage a coup in 1965. The house right now has become a museum. Getting there Transjakarta Busway line IV (Pasar Rumput) (Beginning 15 January 2007).

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West Jakarta

Jakarta History Museum / Fatahillah Museum (Museum Sejarah Jakarta)
Address: Jalan Taman Fatahillah No. 2, Jakarta
Phone: (62)(21) 6929101, Fax: (62)(21) 6902387.
Review: Located next to Kota train station and Busway line 1 terminal. Housed in the beautifully restored former Batavia City Hall (1710), the exterior is more interesting than the interior, which seems to consist mostly of tables and chairs labeled "made from teakwood, 18th century, Batavia". The exhibit on prehistoric Jakarta is mildly interesting though, and the colonial-style Museum Cafe (entry from the inner courtyard) provides a nice Cafe Batavia experience at under half the price. Opening hours: 08.30 AM to 03.00 PM, except Monday.

Puppet Museum (Museum Wayang)
Puppet Museum (Museum Wayang)Musuem CeramicsAddress: Jln. Pintu Besar Utara No. 27.
Review: Located on the west of Taman Fatahillah. Houses a good collection of wayang (two-dimensional puppets used in the ancient art of Javanese storytelling) from all around Indonesia and a few from around the world, labeled in English (well, sort of). Best visited on the last Sunday of every month, when free wayang kulit (shadow theater) performances complete with full-scale gamelan orchestra are held hourly from 10 AM to 2 PM. Opening hours: 08.30 AM to 03.00 PM, except Monday.

Museum of Fine Arts and Ceramics (Museum Seni Rupa dan Keramik Jakarta)
Fine art museumsMusuem CeramicsAddress: Jl. Pos Kota No. 2, Jakarta 11110.
Phone: (62)(21) 692 6091, (62)(21) 6926090.
Review: This Museum stands across the road from the Jakarta History Museum on the opposite side of the Fatahillah Square from the Museum Wayang.
Housed in the old Dutch Supreme Court, the building was built here in 1870. Today it houses the Museum of Fine Arts and Ceramics with a good collection of Indonesian art as well as some rare ceramics and porcelain.
Especially look out for works from some of Indonesia's most famous artists like Raden Saleh, Affandi, Zaini, Sudjojono and Dullah.

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