Museums and Art Galleries

Museums and Art Galleries

Museums and Art Galleries

National Museum

National Museum is an institution of cultural heritage studies and educational information centre of culture and recreation, Curated collections amounted to 141.899 objects, consisting of 7 types of collections that are prehistoric, archaeological, ceramics, numismtik-heraldry, history, ethnography and geography.

Historical Batavia

Jakarta is Indonesia’s capital city and was known as Sunda Kelapa during the Kingdom of Sunda period and Jayakarta, Djajakarta or Jacatra during the short period of the Banten Sultanate.

Thereafter, Jakarta evolved in three stages;

  • The “old city”, close to the sea in the north, developed between 1619 and 1799 during the era of the VOC
  • The “new city” to the south evolved between 1809 and 1942 after the Dutch government took over control of Batavia from the failed VOC, whose charter expired in 1799
  • The third stage was the development of modern Jakarta since the proclamation of independence in 1945. Under the Dutch, it was known as Batavia (1619–1949), and was Djakarta (in Dutch) or Jakarta during the Japanese occupation and the modern period

Explore the romantic historical Batavia, starting from Taman Fatahillah (Fatahillah Square) to the nearby museums and on up to Sunda Kelapa harbour through visiting the historical museums (Museum Bank Mandiri, Museum Bank Indonesia, Museum Fatahillah, Museum Art and Handy Craft, and Museum Wayang (traditional puppets), which are close to one another.

Monas (National Monument)

Monas, or National Monument, symbolises the fight for Indonesia and it was built to commemorate the struggle for Indonesian independence. The monument, which has gold foil at the top, is the best-known landmark of Jakarta and gives you the freedom to view the city from its observation deck, 137 m (around 433 ft) above ground. The construction itself began in 1961 under the direction of President Soekarno, and the monument was opened to the public in 1975.

Museum Wayang

Jakarta is full of places to explore and experience. During your stay with us, make sure to stop by our concierge to learn about hidden places of the city for your next exploration.

The Puppet Museum of Indonesia, or well known as Museum Wayang, is located in Kota Tua, the old quarter of the city. This museum is considered to be one of the best collections of flat wooden puppets throughout all of Java and has almost 4,000 puppets that are originally from India, Cambodia, China and Vietnam, as well as countries in Europe.

Textile Museum

Looking for a higher sense of purpose when travelling? Explore what Jakarta has to offer and engage in a meaningful experience of the local cultures.

Another museum in the west part of Jakarta, known as Museum Tekstil (Textile Museum), has a collection of thousands of traditional textiles with various motifs and ornaments from each territory in Indonesia.

It is one of the most comprehensive collections in the world of a broad range of Indonesian textiles, including warp and weft ikat cloths, batik, embroideries, etc., from all over the Indonesian Archipelago. 

Museum Macan

Modern and Contemporary Art in Nusantara, famously known as Museum MACAN, is one of the most popular museums in Jakarta. Offering a wide collection of modern and contemporary art, both local and international, Museum MACAN has become a hidden gem for art enthusiasts since its first opening in 2017.

Established in a 4,000 sq m area, the museum provides a comfortable and exciting experience for its visitors. Some of the popular artworks that you can enjoy are the ones curated by the Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama, a prominent figure in the world of contemporary art and famous for her eccentric psychedelic spirit.

Dots and patterns with vivid colours often appear in her mind and later inspire the details of her enticing art, which you might see at Museum MACAN. Great Gigantic Pumpkin, Dots Obsession and Narcissus Garden are just a few of Yayoi’s eclectic works at the museum.