Jakarta’s National Museum or the Museum Gajah, because in the courtyard there is a statue elephant, is one of the greatest museum with the largest collection in the country. This museum is on Jalan Merdeka Barat, Jakarta, with ample parking at the bottom of the building.
Location National Museum Jakarta is accessible either by private vehicle or public transportation. The museum is very close to the National Monument, Museum Park Inscription, and inline to Old Town if using Transjakarta bus majors Blom M – Kota.
Forerunner to the establishment Elephant Museum is the Royal Batavian Society of Arts and Sciences was established by the Government of the Netherlands on 24 April 1778. Chairman of the association named J.C.M. Radermacher then donate a building in Jalan Kalibesar as well as books and cultural objects that became the initial collection of the museum.
Raffles made the building in Jalan Majapahit No. 3 (now part of the Secretariat of State) for the museum and a meeting room Societeit de Harmonie (Literary Society). Then in 1862 the Dutch East Indies put up a building of the National Museum, which opened in 1868. On September 17, 1962, the Cultural Institute of Indonesia handed over the management of the museum to the Indonesian government.
Front view of the National Museum in Jakarta gorgeous. In the courtyard of the museum’s first and largest in Southeast Asia is no elephant statues made of bronze gift from King Chulalongkorn (Rama V) Thailand during a visit in 1871. The statue that is what makes the National Museum of the Republic of Indonesia, the official name since May 28, 1979, also referred to as Elephant Museum.
After paying the entrance fee is relatively cheap, in the room the first part I have encountered Collection Ethnography, contains many cultural objects homeland, such as headgear, sculpture ethnic, mask, keris and other deadly weapons, complete gamelan, wayang, traditional toys, miniature house customs, and boat length in actual size.
Because of the many statues to their collections, the museum is also called Gedung Arca. Meanwhile, among the collection of the National Museum Numismatic coins gobog of Majapahit Kingdom era (between age 13-16), paper money and tokens, numbered from Palembang cap in 1876, as well as printing equipment money from Aceh who are from 1851.
The National Museum Jakarta is a complex of spacious museum with a valuable collection of very rare that so many kinds. You will be blown away when they see with their own eyes. When I visited, the National Museum is planning to open a third floor that will specifically be used to display a collection of objects from different ethnic regions in the archipelago.