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September 2, 2012

Museum Nasional

Filed under: Jakarta — scotsabroad @ 6:19 pm

My year 2 class (The Snakes) have a toy mascot called Ular. Ular is Bahasa for snake. Ular will be going home with a different child each weekend to share in family life and adventures. On return to school on a Monday both student and Ular will have to tell the rest of the class what they have been up to over the weekend. Although the teacher of the Snakes class, I decided to take Ular home this weekend so that I could model reporting back to the class and filling in the scrapbook.

It was an excellent opportunity for the family to go exploring. We decided to visit the National Museum this morning. Traffic was slow but we eventually got there and breathed a sigh of relief when we discovered the underground parking. Ten thousand ($1) for a Foreign ticket.  Not the Egyptian Museum but still excellent. An enormous collection of objects from across the Indonesian Archipelago. The old building is the best, housing the Ethnology collection. The boys looked somewhat uncomfortably at the different kinds of koteka, or penis sheaths. In the courtyard outside a magnificent collection of Statuary.

The new wing is slightly disappointing and lacks the charm of the old. The display of objects are poorly presented and badly lit. There is also a dire lack of information and dates – anything to help you make connections. Four floors of the stuff. However, the jewellery is impressive, as are the ceramics and relics of early man – Java Man. Well worth another visit. I wonder how much of Indonesia’s treasures are still displaced throughout the world? I take a picture of everyone beside the bronze elephant in front of the entrance. This was a gift from Rama the fifth of Siam upon his return from a state visit to the Dutch East Indies in 1871. The gift was in return for the grand reception he had received… aye, not to mention the five railway trucks full of statuary from Borobudur.



  1. Really good blog – thanks. The children will enjoy taking the snake home for the weekend.

    Comment by Ian and Linda — September 4, 2012 @ 3:25 am | Reply

  2. Looks great, makes me want to come and vist you. Forbes M.

    Comment by Revoan Strategies — September 6, 2012 @ 4:01 am | Reply

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