National Museum Tours

The National Museum in Jakarta sits on the western side of Merdeka Square. After various incarnations under a number of different names, the National Museum was opened in 1868. Often referred to as the ‘Elephant Building’ due to the bronze elephant statue at its entrance, this impressive museum houses a huge collection, providing an in-depth insight into Indonesia’s fascinating cultural heritage.

The National Museum essentially takes visitors on a journey through Indonesia’s history, from prehistoric times right up to the present day. There are almost 150,000 artifacts on display here, with prehistoric, archaeological, ceramic, ethnographic, numismatic/heraldic, geographic, and colonial collections to explore.

A new wing was added to the museum in 2007, with four levels dedicated to the neo-classical colonial era and the origins of mankind in Indonesia, including a model of the Flores ‘hobbit’. Elsewhere, there are items from the eras of Hinduism and Buddhism, known as the Indonesian classical era, with ancient statues of Hindu gods and the Buddha.

Practical Info

The National Museum is located in Merdeka Square. The Indonesian Heritage Society offers free English-speaking tours of the museum at 10:30am on Tuesdays, and at 10:30am and 1:30pm on Thursdays.
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Address: Jalan Merdeka Barat 12, Jakarta 10110, Indonesia
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Hours: 8am-4pm Tuesday to Friday; 8am-5pm Saturday and Sunday
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Admission: Adult: Rp. 750 / Child: Rp. 250
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Private Tour: Half-Day National Museum and Old Harbour Tour from Jakarta

This private tour of the National Museum of Indonesia and Sunda Kelapa Harbor provides a glimpse of the country’s history and people. Ideal for first-time visitors to Jakarta, this half-day itinerary includes expert commentary from your own personal guide. Learn about the archaeological collections at the National Museum (Museum Nasional) before viewing traditional wood vessels at the bustling port.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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$40.00 USD
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Private Tour: Full-Day Highlights of Jakarta Tour with Lunch

Discover the heritage that lies beneath Jakarta’s high-rise surface on this private guided door-to-door tour. Start the day with Jakarta Cathedral, Istiqlal Mosque, the National Museum, the National Monument, and the sailing ships of Sunda Kelapa Harbor. Then savor a local restaurant lunch before you explore beautiful Jakarta Old Town.
  • Duration: 7 hours
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$79.00 USD
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Private Full Day Tour of Jakarta with Hotel Pickup

Discover Jakarta’s key landmarks in just one day on this private door-to-door tour. Start by learning about Indonesian history at the National Museum, then move on to the National Monument, Jakarta Cathedral, Istiqlal Mosque, and the Proclamation Monument. Wrap up the day by exploring art and antiques markets and visiting a batik shop.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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$50.00 USD
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Private Tour: The Old Batavia Trail from Jakarta

Venture into the 13th-century streets of Jakarta, formerly Batavia, accompanied by a private guide who sheds light on its Dutch colonial history. You’ll explore Glodok, Indonesia’s oldest Chinatown, characterized by winding lanes and red-tiled roofs. See multiple attractions including the Chinese temple Jin De Yuan and the Dutch drawbridge, and stroll through Fatahillah Square and the Jalan Surabaya flea market. Visit the Wayang Museum for a look at kulit shadow puppets, stop by Sunda Kelapa Harbor, and view cultural artifacts at the National Museum of Indonesia.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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$37.50 USD
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Fullday Jakarta Amazing Tour with Lunch and Pickup transfer

This Tour based on PRIVATE TOUR.you will visit Indonesia Miniature Park, Continue visit the Merdeka Square (Liberty Square), National Monument (Monas) and the Presidential palace, and visit to the Istiqlal Mosque, This is the largest mosque in South East Asia. To show that these two big religions are living in harmony in Indonesia, standing proudly right across is the old Catholic church. Katedral Chruch built in the neo gothic style which was consecrated in 1901.Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. Continue next to the National Museum. The collection of this museum covers all of Indonesia’s territory and almost all of its history. It is an archeological, ethnological, historical and geographical museum. Your tour will finish when you are taken back to your hotel.
  • Duration: 7 hours
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$67.00 USD
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Private Antique Tour in Jakarta

We live in the present, but the past heritage can teach us many things. Lose yourself through a gentle walk along antique stalls that bring you back to the old time as you discover the wide collection of the National Museum of Indonesia. A tasty Peranakan cuisine will complete your day. The highlight of this tour includes Surabaya street which is famous for its antiques stalls of wood sculptures, puppets, masks, porcelain and metal ornaments. The National Museum, Vihara Darma Yakti and Santa Maria Church. Lunch will be served at Dapur Babah Restaurant.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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  • Duration: 8 hours
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