It goes without saying that each country has its own unique history and many choose to exhibit the struggles of the nation in a myriad of ways. The more unconventional methods include theatrical representations of various historic events while the more conventional methods include museums and themed exhibits. Museums play an important role in cataloguing development and advancement and displaying progress as it happens. As a result, most countries often consider their National Museums to be a national treasure and often, a source of pride. Such Museums provide the present generation with the tools to understand their own history and heritage. This is why, for those staying in a 5 star hotel Jakarta in Indonesia, the tour of the capital is incomplete without a visit to the National Museum of Indonesia.
The National Museum is located a mere three kilometres away from the Keraton at The Plaza, Jakarta, and is located at JI. Medan Merdeka Barat No. 12, Central Jakarta. While predominantly classified as an archaeological museum, the National Museum can also be classified as a historical and geographical Museum. Opened to the public officially in 1868, the Museum has had an intriguing string of accomplishments. The collections housed inside the Museum were exhibited in Paris in 1931 and the Museum building is fondly known as the Gedung Gajah i.e.Elephant Building.
At present, this attraction is home to over sixty five thousand artefacts from around Asia and is believed to be one of the best Museums in Southeast Asia. The Museum houses a Stone Sculpture collection which displays Buddha statues from Java, Bali and Borneo as well as Treasure Rooms where, as the name certainly suggests, precious artefacts are housed in abundance. Other exhibits include a ceramic collection with ceramics from Japan, Thailand and China, an ethnography collection from around Indonesia and a prehistory collection as well.
Therefore, the Museum caters to almost all interests and is definite worth a visit. It is open during the week except on Mondays and other holidays. However, the attraction is open only for three to six hours a day, so it would be best to consult with your hotel or call ahead prior to making the excursion to the Museum.
Thanuja Silva is a travel writer who writes under the pen name Auburn Silver. She has a passion for fashion and a deep interest in admiring new and exotic attractions around the world. Google+