Kids and adults alike love a trip to the museum and in Jakarta there are plenty of great museums to choose from for kids big and small. Even though it may seem daunting to go out at the moment, fret not. The museums are implementing a maximum of 50% capacity rule, with every visitor obligated to wear a mask. Inside the museums, visitors are required to observe a 2-meter distance with others. Some museums choose to stay closed until the pandemic is over, but a lot of them offer virtual tours so you can have a virtual visit from the comfort of your home. So culture-vultures, Little Steps has put together our favorites for you and your family to enjoy. Go on now, take in a bit of culture in your city.
Museum of Modern & Contemporary Art in Nusantara, or best known as Museum MACAN, is the home of a growing collection of modern and contemporary arts in the country and the world. Currently, the museum displays masterpieces from Basquiat, Andy Warhol, Damien Hirst and Yayoi Kusama, including her Instagram-genic installation "Infinity Mirrored Room". You can sure take the kids and let them have fun at the Children's Art Space. The program here changes with their current exhibitions and provides entry points into artworks on view, specifically aimed at young minds.
Whether you're new to town, or have lived in Jakarta your whole life, your family will be sure to find this museum worthwhile. You'll learn more about the history of Indonesia and its various islands, and the kids will enjoy checking out the well preserved instruments, swords, stone carvings, old bicycles and more! The museum also has a kids corner to give extra comfort for young visitors. Kids can play Indonesian traditional games, play with Indonesian traditional musical instruments angklung, painting, drawing, learn how to make batik and many more.
National Museum of Indonesia, Jl.Medan Merdeka Barat No.12, Central Jakarta, +6221 3868172, www.museumnasional.or.id
Shadow puppet or wayang is one of local performance arts that have been internationally known and acknowledged by The UN as a precious heritage of Indonesia. In this museum, you can see how diverse this art performed in various areas in the country. The museum owns traditional handmade puppets made from leather, wood and grass along with its instrumental music set, the gamelan. There are also puppets from European countries and other Asian countries, such as China, Cambodia, Thailand and India. A traditional shadow puppet performance is held every twice and third week of the month.
Shadow Puppet Museum (Museum Wayang), Jl. Pintu Besar Utara No. 27, Kota, West Jakarta, +62 21 692 9560
The Indonesia Kite Museum offers a nice collection of pretty kites from around Indonesia and the world, and makes for a fun family outing! Many of the museum's collections have participated in both national and international kite festivals, and some are even award-winners. The museum is set in a beautiful and leafy area, within a traditional Javanese house. Join a craft session to wrap up your museum journey. Individual and group classes are available in ceramic making and painting, umbrella/shirt/mini shadow puppet/batik painting, and kite making. Your souvenir is your own creation! At the end of the tour, kids are given a chance to make their own kite. They also have a chance to run around the grounds flying their kites!
Indonesia Kite Museum (Museum Layang-Layang Indonesia), Jl. H. Kamang no. 38, Pondok Labu, South Jakarta, +6221 7658075 / 7505112
Maritime Museum or Museum Bahari showcases all historical artifacts of Indonesian maritime activities since Dutch colonization. The building was used to be a warehouse for shipping cargo located just beside the legendary Sunda Kelapa Harbour. Now, it is a home of various traditional and modern ships across Indonesia, including navigation tool, anchor, lighthouse replicas and cannons. You can also find a comprehensive information about the variety of Indonesian sea creatures also, the most unique, traditional songs and stories from local fishermen.
Maritime Museum (Museum Bahari), Jl. Pasar Ikan No. 1, Sunda Kelapa, North Jakarta, +62 21 669 3406
The museum places an extravagant fort-like building surrounded by the lake. Two traditional ships, Banten and Pinisi Ship, lay on the side of the lake and people are welcome to take a look inside. Moving to the building, visitors are welcomed by 19 displays telling stories about Indonesia's founding fathers fighting for independence since the 7th until 19th century. There are also a line of military uniforms from traditional until modern era. The bronze statues of national heroes are placed in the outdoor area in the middle of the museum.
Military Museum (Museum Keprajuritan Indonesia), Taman Mini Indonesia Indah (TMII), East Jakarta, +62 21 840 1080, www.tamanmini.com
Popularly known as Museum Fatahillah, Jakarta History Museum or Museum Sejarah Jakarta is the perfect place to get to know the history of the city. Located in a beautiful, vehicle-free area of Old Town (Kota Tua), the building was a former city hall during Dutch colonization. Hundreds of historical artifacts discovered in Jakarta as well as those which has a lot of meanings to Batavia culture can be found inside. Don't forget to challenge yourself by visiting the underground and water dungeons! After the visit, rent those vintage bikes in front of the museum and get some fresh air enjoying the scenery of Old Town.
Jakarta History Museum (Museum Sejarah Jakarta), Jl. Taman Fatahillah No.1, Kota, West Jakarta, +62 21 692 9101
This museum displays a variety of transportation modes that contain the value of history and its role in nation building. The indoor exhibition is divided into several rooms that seem like a separate building, called a module; it consists of the central module, the module surface, marine modules, and module air, both with original objects, clone, miniatures, photographs, and dioramas. Beyond the static exhibition displays, there are various types of first-generation locomotives Railroad Company Indonesia. In addition there is a lighthouse made in 1879, various types of traditional transportation to entertain the visitors. In-front of the museum we can also see Garuda Indonesia DC-9 static display. Don’t miss the colorful street signs, let the kids learn about shapes, colors, symbols, safety and why following signs is important.
Transportation Museum, Taman Mini Indonesia Indah, Jl. Raya TMII, East Jakarta, +6221 8400482
If you see a super giant Komodo Dragon in the middle of TMII, then you are in the right direction. Yes, the building was inspired by the only pre-historic dragon living in Komodo Island, Indonesia. Go inside and witness the wildlife treasure of Indonesia. The animals were preserved and diplayed in their original-like habitats. On the museum park, you can watch several living reptiles and amphibians, even interact with them!
Museum Komodo Fauna & Taman Reptil, Taman Mini Indonesia Indah (TMII), East Jakarta, Indonesia, +62 21 840 0709, www.tamanmini.com
This museum is a playground for the little Einsteins! Not only they can gain knowledge about science, but also involve in live demonstrations and games. Visitors are invited to try various tools that allow them learning closely about electricity and energy, such as sun-powered stove, electric bicycle, magic harp and magnet game. The fun still continues outside where you can see how sun light and wind are transformed into energy, as well as sun-powered car.
Electricity & New Energy Museum (Museum Listrik & Energi Baru), Taman Mini Indonesia Indah (TMII), East Jakarta, Indonesia, +62 21 841 3281, www.tamanmini.com
Formerly a Dutch bank office, the building is now owned by one of the major banks in Indonesia, Bank Mandiri. The museum places an impressive classic art deco styled architecture which was constructed in 1929. Here, visitors are invited to turn back time and experience the bank activities in olden times. The classic interior and old machinery are still well visible, and you can clearly see the transaction flow inside an old-style bank.
Museum Bank Mandiri, Jl. Lapangan Stasiun No. 1, Kota, West Jakarta, +62 21 690 2000
Located just about an hour drive away from Jakarta, Rumah Sutera Alam is a silkworm farm that gives tours to the public. They have about 2 hectares of mulberry field to feed their silk worms, and a spacious garden filled with collectible plants. Kids especially love feeding and touching the silkworms, and listening to the crunch of the leaves being bitten. In the workshop, they have working manual silk weaving equipment. After a visit, kids will surely have an idea of where some of their clothes come from and gain appreciation for them.
The Republic of Indonesia’s Police (POLRI) Museum is a nice little museum located in South Jakarta. It is fairly new, well maintained, and packed with police related equipment and paraphernalias. Kids especially love the helicopter, police car, and tanks. For very young children, they have a play area to hang out in. They have a brand new theatre ready but in the meantime, virtual tours are available on their website.
Located in West Jakarta, the textile museum boasts a historical building from the early 19th century. Inside, they keep a collection of traditional textiles and textile equipment from all over Indonesia. In the garden, they cultivate various plants that produce dye colors for textiles. Workshops are available for batik making, so families can come and learn how to create their own batik. Follow them on Instagram and Youtube for live video programs and virtual tours.
Skyworld Indonesia is an interactive and educational museum about space. Come for some star-gazing in the planetarium, an exciting experience in their 5D cinema, and look at displays in their exhibition room. Check out their space photo spots for fun photo opportunities, and don’t forget to try out their laser tag game. Located inside Taman Mini Indonesia Indah (TMII) that contains many different museums, you can spare some time to visit other museums there!
Benteng heritage museum is a Chinese Indonesian heritage museum located in Tangerang, just outside Jakarta. The museum building is Chinese style, estimated to have been built in the mid 17th century and is one of the oldest buildings in Tangerang. Inside the museum visitors can learn about how the Chinese first came to Indonesia and how they live amongst the locals while maintaining their traditions. Follow their Instagram account for event updates.