Museums in Jakarta can be an exciting destination for historical tourism in the capital city. As the nation's capital and largest city in Indonesia, Jakarta owns many historical museums that will let you learn more about Indonesia at an affordable rate. You should know that the entrance ticket to the museums in Jakarta is cheaper than the price of a favorite Cappuccino drink at Starbucks! Jakarta is a province located on the northwest coast of Java. Known as Sunda Kelapa, Jayakarta, and Batavia, the city has an area of around 661.52 km², with a population of 10,374,235 people in 2017. On the other hand, the Jakarta metropolitan area (Jabodetabek) has a population of approximately 28 million. Therefore, Jakarta is the largest metro city in Southeast Asia and second in the world. Jakarta is now one of the most popular destinations among tourists. The government even held an "Enjoy Jakarta" program to attract more tourists to visit Jakarta. Some famous tourism icons in Jakarta frequently visited by local and foreign tourists are Taman Mini Indonesia Indah, Ragunan Zoo, and Taman Impian Jaya Ancol. Furthermore, the government of Jakarta City also plans to improve the city as a shopping tourism destination. One of the strategies includes holding a "Jakarta Great Sale" program every June to July. This event is usually conducted at major shopping centers in Jakarta, such as the shopping tourism center of Casablanca-Satrio. In this area, there are several famous shopping places like Ambassador Mall, ITC Kuningan, Ciputra World Jakarta, Kuningan City, and Kota Kasablanka. The Plaza Festival, one of Jakarta's culinary centers for food, is also a must-visit event while you're here. Historical tourism slowly began to bloom following this trend. There are many historical attractions in the form of museums and monuments. Some have been around for a long time, such as the Elephant Museum, Fatahillah Museum, and the National Monument. Some others include newer museums in Jakarta that carry modern design and art collections, such as the kite museum and the butterfly museum.
If you want to go on a historical tour of the capital, there are a variety of museums and galleries you can visit. A list of old museums to add to your horizons include
This Dutch heritage museum has a collection of rich cultural heritages. Here, you'll find ancient gravestone inscriptions, antique coffin collection, and small tombs typical of 27 provinces in Indonesia. Occupying an area of 1,2 ha in Tanah Abang, this museum displays impressive artwork as well as the creations of talented sculptors, calligraphers, and writers. Located at Jalan Tanah Abang I No. 1, Gambir, Central Jakarta, you’ll find more than 1300 tombs here, including inscriptions belonging to activists Soe Hok Gie and Kapitan Jas.
Opened in 1989, this museum aims to mark the 100th anniversary of the oil and gas industry in Indonesia. The museum comes with an offshore platform-shaped building and stands on an artificial lake covering an area of 11,000 m2. Visitors can watch the exhibition space that contains the history of the building, a theater to play short films, oil drilling equipment, a library, and an auditorium. You can find this museum at Jalan Taman Mini Indonesia Indah, Cipayung, East Jakarta.
Also known as the Elephant Museum, this one is the first and largest museum in Southeast Asia. Founded by the Dutch Government in 1778, visitors can see a diverse collection of ancient objects from all over Indonesia, like inscriptions, statues, and handicrafts. The museum is located at Jalan Medan Merdeka Barat No. 12, Gambir, Central Jakarta.
If you want to add insight as well as entertainment, visit modern galleries and museums in Jakarta. Both the content and appearance of the buildings are far from gloomy. They’re all artistic and contemporary!
Magic Art 3D Museum Jakarta is located in the Old City with a collection of about 100 mural paintings created by Korean and Indonesian artists, including those in 3-dimensional concepts. Visitors can explore various zones with interesting themes like the Dinosaur Zone, Sea Zone, Horror Zone, and Routine Zone.
Magic Art 3D Museum Jakarta is located at Gedung Kerta Niaga 1, Unit GF, and Jl. Kali Besar Tim. No. 9 3 6, Pinangsia, Tamansari, West Jakarta. Tickets are priced starting at Rp72.000* (Weekends) and Rp54.000 * (Weekdays).
As the first toy museum in Indonesia, this place has a fantastic collection of toys made by top domestic and foreign toy designers. Visitors can enjoy a variety of personal collections of Win Satrya and other collectors that have accumulated over the past 15 years. In this museum, there are more than 3,000 limited edition figurines with their own characteristics, design philosophy, and historical value.
Museum of Toys - Green Lake City is located in Rukan CBD block L No. 1, Gg. H. Rain No. 92, Ketapang, Cipondoh, Tangerang City. The entrance ticket, including delicious gelato ice cream or free coffee, is Rp68.800* (Weekend) and Rp51.600* (Weekday).
Roja by the Moja Museum is a new concept to introduce unfamiliar and forgotten cultures in Jakarta. Roller Skates (ROJA) used to be a trend in the 80s to 90s. Visitors will experience an interactive journey with various facilities alongside interesting selfie spots. The Moja Museum is located on Jalan Metro Pondok Indah Blok Tb No. 27, Pondok Pinang, Kebayoran Lama, South Jakarta. The entrance ticket starts from Rp87.300*.
Founded in 1983, Art: 1 New Museum and Art Space were previously named Mon Decor Art Gallery. This 4,000sqm-building has modern architecture and features installations by legendary and international Indonesian artists from the 1940s to the present.
In this gallery, there’s also a merchandise shop, office area, framing artwork, as well as a comfortable open space for a hangout to enjoy a cup of coffee. Art: 1 New Museum is located at Jalan Rajawali Selatan Raya No. 3, Jl. South Rajawali, Mount. Sahari Utara, Sawah Besar, Central Jakarta. The entrance ticket to this modern museum starts from Rp72.750*.
Those are the latest list of the Jakarta museums you can visit with friends and family when you’re in town!
*Prices may change at any time