Indonesia is rich not only because of its natural beauty, but also because of rich culture and history. If you want to learn Indonesia’s complex history and culture, visiting museums is the best way. Here, you can learn the history of Indonesia’s route to independence, the ancient relics, the traditional transportation mode, the traditional clothing, and many more. Have a trip to the most popular museums in Indonesia to understand the country in a closer way.

Who says that museum is not an interesting destination for your next vacation? In fact, museums can be extraordinary family trip destinations, as you and your family can learn much while having fun. Visiting shopping malls or playing at the beach is an ordinary destination. Make it entertaining as well as educational by visiting the following most popular museums in Indonesia.


The National Museum

The museum is located at the heart of Jakarta, near to the National Monument (Monas). The National Museum consists of two connected buildings, while the third one is under construction. Here, you can see stunning collections that feature Indonesia’s culture and history. Things like traditional boats, inscriptions, batik, traditional musical instruments, ancient artifacts, or keris (traditional Javanese dagger) are displayed here.

This is the largest museum in Indonesia. It is also known as Museum Gajah, since there is an elephant statue given by Chulalongkorn King of Thailand in 1871. The European-style museum has more than 141.000 pre-historic and historic stuffs that represent different decades.

Transportation Museum

Museum Angkut is located in Batu, East Java, near to Panderman mountain slope. Here, you can see more than 300 modes of transportation from Indonesia, Europe, and the United States. They include cars, hips, bicycle, and even lane. The collections are classified based on the zones, such as Sunda Kelapa and Batavia, Las Vegas, Buckingham Palace, and Floating Markets. Each zone offers different options for souvenirs. If you are lucky enough, you can see festival parades, which are held in the evening.

This is one of the most popular museums in Indonesia and even the largest transportation museums in Southeast Asia. So, be prepared to queue in a long line before getting into the museum.

Bandung Geological Museum

If you are interested in geological knowledge, then visiting Bandung Geological Museum is the answer. Bandung Geological Museum is visited by students from different provinces in Indonesia. Opened in 1928, the museum exhibits different types of fossils. They include fauna that ever lived in Bandung.

Getting into the museum, Blora Elephant (Elephas hysudrindicus) fossil greets, which stands in the middle of the hall, greets you. The Blora elephant lived 165.000 years ago, while the fossil was found in 2009. It is called Blora elephant as the fossil was found in the district.

The museum is divided into several segments, which display different geological collections. They include Origin of the Earth galley, History of Life gallery, Human Life Gallery, and many more. The collections include meteorites, different kinds of minerals like amethyst and quartz, and various types of rocks, like diorite, lava basal, diabas, sekis mika, granite, and many more)

Indonesian World Record Museum

This is one of the most popular museums in Indonesia since many individuals, institutions, or agencies want to get recorded in the museum. Known as MURI, the museum is located in Semarang, East Java and has recorded various types of records in different areas.

Created in 1990 by Jaya Suprana, the museum has been increasingly popular, since more and more people want to break the world records, at both national and international levels. There are more than 1200 records here.

MURI building is located in the industrial park of Semarang Jamu Jago. The meeting hall exhibits historical objects and photographs that represent the company since established in 1918.

3D Art Museum

It is also known as Dream Museum Zone (DMZ), one of the most interactive and Instagram-able museums in Indonesia. It is located in one of the most popular tourist destinations in Indonesia, namely Kuta, Bali. Unlike any other museums that mostly display historical collections, 3D Art Museum displays modern and contemporary arts, like 3D arts and life-size murals.

There are more than 120 unique art pieces classified into 14 different categories. Visitors say that you can do aa full-day visit to these museums since there are so many interactive and creative work arts to see and to play with. Carefully printed artworks are displayed to serve as the backdrop for 3D photography and illusion effects. The art pieces are resulting for collaborative works between local and Korean artists.

The art themes are so diverse, from Renaissance to Luminescence. In the Renaissance gallery, for instance, you can see famous paintings like Mona Lisa or Van Gogh. Then, in the Luminescence gallery, you can see know UV lighting produces a wonderful scene with life-size murals as the background. The collections are dominated by underwater life themes and famous temples in Indonesia like Prambanan or Tanah Lot temple.

Museum of the Asian-African Conference

The Asian-African Conference held in Bandung on 18-24 April 1955 plays an important role in the history of Indonesia. Held 10 years after the nation’s independence, the conference formulated common concerns and foundations for cooperation among Asian-African nations and for the world peace. Therefore, the Asian-African conference is important for Indonesia and Asian-African nations to enhance their roles in the world stage.

Museum of the Asian-African Conference was inaugurated by President Soeharto in 1980 to memorize the venue of the conference. The museum has a permanent exhibition room, where you can find collections of 3D objects and documentary photos of the conference. The historical events become the main theme of the exhibition room, so do profiles of the participant countries. You can also see diorama that describes the opening ceremony of the conference.

In conclusion, the most popular museums in Indonesia memorize what happened in a country. This is particularly important for students or those who want to know more about what happened in the past. Visiting museums is not simply about the collections you see inside. Instead, cultural and historic values behind the collections mean more.