Organization - Museum of Indonesia

Museum of Indonesia
Basic Information
English Museum of Indonesia
Local language Museum Indonesia Taman Mini “Indonesia Indah”
Country Indonesia
Category Museum
Domain Knowledge and Practices Concerning Nature and the Universe
Traditional Craftsmanship
Function Research
Education and Training
Established year 1986
  • To provide a space for education and research for students;
  • To preserve and introduce Indonesia’s culture to society.

The preliminary idea to build the Museum of Indonesia TMII came from Mrs. Tien Soeharto. Architect Ida Bagus Tugur build this museum in a Balinese architectural style with the philosophy Tri Hita Karana, which describes the three sources of happiness: the relationship with the almighty, with fellow human beings, and with the natural environment.

The Museum of Indonesia was built in 1976 and was officially inaugurated on 20 April 1980 to coincide with the fifth anniversary of Taman Mini Indonesia Indah by Mr. Soeharto, the second president of the Republic of Indonesia. The Museum of Indonesia serves its function through permanent exhibitions with three themes.

The first floor has Bhineka Tunggal Ika as its theme, and presents traditional and wedding costumes representing different regions of the provinces of Indonesia, the Purwa Puppet performance diorama and several types of puppets, and traditional music instruments from various areas.

The second floor has the theme Man and Environment, and presents cultural houses actualized in the form of traditional houses, houses of worship, and rice barns. Parts of the traditional house are also presented, among others a Palembang wedding room, a central Java inner room, a Batak kitchen, livelihood equipment, agricultural tools, and hunting and collecting tools. Life cycle rites are presented in the form of dioramas, including the seven- month pregnancy ceremony (mitoni), an initial on the ground stepping ceremony (tedak siten), a circumcision ceremony, a teeth-cutting ceremony (mapedes) and a Datuk installation ceremony.

The third floor has the theme of Art and Skill, and presents products of applied art, and newly created items, such Songket, woven products, and batik. There are also various products made of silver, brass, and copper. And also featured is the typical art of several areas in Indonesia: the art of wood carving from Bali, Jepara, Toraja, and Asmat.

Major Activities

The Museum of Indonesia functions as a place of education, where students increase their knowledge about Indonesia’s culture by directly seeing the collections and exhibits in the museum. It has become a research destination for college students who are working on college assignments and theses. Besides students, this museum is also often visited by foreign visitors and state guests. The Museum of Indonesia actively participates in exhibitions organized by Taman Mini Indonesia Indah every year or organized by other institutions. It also takes part in the exhibition of Gebyar Pesona Museum Nusantara, which commemorates the anniversary of Taman Mini Indonesia Indah on 20 April every year, and to celebrate Indonesia’s Museum Day on 12 October every year.

Contact Information (Organization)
Address Jl. Raya Taman Mini, Jakarta Timur 13560
Tel (+62) 87793537
Fax (+62) 8400709 u.p Museum Indonesia

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