Home to more museums than any other city in Indonesia, Jakarta is the ultimate destination for those looking to discover the country’s rich cultural, agricultural and geographical heritage. With more than 50 venues specialising in subject matters of all kinds, travellers can immerse themselves in the experience of their choosing – be it a niche Javanese puppetry display or an extensive exhibition on Indonesia’s fascinating past.
From the modern to the traditional, follow our recommended museum trail for an exciting journey to Jakarta’s most noteworthy museums.
While not a museum in its own right, no visit to Jakarta is complete without a visit to the city’s iconic National Monument, Monas. Soaring from the centre of Merdeka Square, this 132-metre tower is a testament to the country’s struggle for independence and the resilient spirit of the Indonesian people. Crowned with a gilded flame and sculpted to resemble traditional agricultural tools, this symbolic memorial offers a snapshot of the nation’s history as interpreted through art.
Opening Hours: Daily 7:00am to 12:00am
National Museum of Indonesia
Visitors interested to learn more about Monas and its significance can expand their understanding at The National Museum of Indonesia, located on the edge of the National Monument. Recalling more than two centuries of the country’s proud geographical, archaeological and ethnological history through an impressive collection of artefacts and artworks, The National Museum is amongst the most impressive museums in South East Asia.
Opening Hours: Monday – Closed; Tuesday to Friday 8:00am to 4:00pm; Saturday to Sunday 8:00am to 5:00pm
National Gallery of Indonesia
Adjacent to the National Museum on the opposite side of Merdeka Square, the National Gallery of Indonesia offers another perspective on the country’s rich cultural heritage through an impressive display of permanent and temporary exhibitions. Home to Indonesia’s most comprehensive collection of modern and contemporary artworks, the National Gallery strives to foster the appreciation of local, regional and international artists whilst inspiring creativity amongst its patrons.
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 8:00am to 4:00pm; Saturday and Sunday Closed
Dedicated to the art of Javanese puppetry, Jakarta’s Wayang Museum is a welcome addition for travellers looking to explore Indonesia’s rich art and culture scene beyond the scope of the National Gallery. Located west of the city in the charming enclave of Kota Tua, this unique museum showcases a diverse range of ‘wayangs’ from both Indonesia and abroad, as well as playing host to a series of puppet-making workshops throughout the year.
Opening Hours: Monday – Closed; Tuesday to Friday 9:00am to 3:00pm; Saturday to Sunday 9:00am to 8:00pm
Jakarta History Museum
Aptly housed in a heritage building in the heart of Jakarta’s Old Town, the Jakarta History Museum’s comprehensive collection dates back to the establishment of Jayakarta in 1527. Boasting nearly 24,000 artefacts from Indonesia’s pre and post-colonial past within 37 lavishly decorated rooms, the Jakarta History Museum is an impressive destination for history buffs and architecture enthusiasts alike.
Opening Hours: Monday – Closed; Tuesday to Sunday 9:00am to 3:00pm
Bank Indonesia Museum
One of the country’s more niche cultural institutions, the Bank Indonesia Museum puts the nation’s fiscal history into perspective. Beginning with Indonesia’s pre-colonial trading posts, the museum charts the changes of Indonesia’s economic systems and policies, while also offering an impressive display of antiquated currencies from around the world – with some dating back as far as the 14th century.
Opening Hours: Monday – Closed; Tuesday to Thursday 8:00am to 3:30pm; Friday 8:00am to 11:35am, 1:00pm to 3:30pm; Saturday to Sunday 8:00am to 4:00pm
Indonesia Stamp Museum
Found within Jakarta’s expansive 250 acre recreational park, Taman Mini Indonesia Indah, the Indonesia Stamp Museum is a sanctuary for hobbyists and historians alike. Displaying eight unique exhibitions with collector’s items available for purchase, Indonesia Stamp Museum is a fascinating destination for anyone interested in South East Asia’s postal history.
Opening Hours: Daily 8:00am to 4:00pm
Komodo Museum and Reptile Park
Next door to the Indonesia Stamp Museum, Jakarta’s Komodo Museum and Reptile Park is another of Taman Mini Indonesia Indah’s unique cultural attractions – though its subject matter is worlds away to that of its neighbour. Primarily focused on the native Komodo Dragons that reside in Indonesia, this informative display of local flora and fauna also features a variety of insects, birds, mammals and reptiles over a two-story exhibition space.
Opening Hours: Daily 9:00am to 4:00pm
From the cultural to the quirky, Jakarta’s many museums have something to appeal to every interest. See them all from the comfort of Sari Pan Pacific Jakarta, a 5-star hotel in the heart of the city.