Elephant Museum of Culture and History Travel Offering the Educative
Many tourist attractions in Jakarta, which can be visited by tourists. In Central Jakarta, from the many attractions that can be visited, the name of the National Museum are not necessarily familiar to the tourists. Museum popularly known as Elephant Museum is located at Jl. Medan Merdeka Barat, Central Jakarta. Standing in the center of Jakarta, Museum Gajah offering cultural and historical attractions are educative.
Elephant Museum is a museum of the first and largest in Southeast Asia that has a collection of relics from various eras. The museum was established on 24 April 1778 ago, at the time of the formation of Royal Batavian Society of Arts and Sciences, natural history museum inception of this stems from J.C.M. Radermacher, a chairman of the association, which accounted for a building in Jalan Kalibesar along with all the books and cultural objects that will become the basis for the establishment of a museum.
The museum building is made up of the old building and the new building with the entrance in the old building that still looks clean and well maintained. In front of the old European-style buildings, there is a pool with a statue of a small elephant on it gift giving King Chulalongkorn of Thailand in 1871 which led to the museum is also known as Museum Gajah. Until now, the Elephant Museum has 141 899 objects, consisting of 7 types of collections are prehistoric, archaeological, ceramics, numismtik-heraldry, history, ethnography and geography. Various objects on display ranging from the prehistoric Stone Age as: artifacts, fossils, menhirs, ancient statues, inscriptions, handicrafts and ancient weapons are derived from the corners of the archipelago.
There is also a collection of ceramics from the Han Dynasty, Tang and Ming who became one of the world’s largest collections of ceramics, ceramic Southeast Asia, are also objects of Hindu Javanese culture. The floor of the theme of Human and Environment keeps a collection of human development and the environment from era to era. The second floor contains a collection on the theme of science and technology which records the technological advances that successfully created a human. While the third floor is themed Charities And Settlement Patterns contains geographical information about the settlement patterns and social life. The top floor is a room Khasanah Gold And Ceramic is an area that most attract visitors though forbidden to photograph.
Visited Museum Gajah, you will be greeted by the Statue Bhairawa. With 414 cm high statue was discovered in Roco Padang, West Sumatra, and thought to date from the 13th and 14th century, this statue is a manifestation of the god Lokeswara or Awalokiteswara, which embodies Buddhisatwa (radiant Buddha) in the earth. This sculpture in the form of a man who was holding a skull cup in her left hand and a dagger short-Arabic style in his right hand and standing over a dead body and a row of skulls.
Furthermore, you can begin your search by looking at the collection of this museum culture of Indonesian people from various corners, ranging from musical instruments, old-fashioned clothes, traditional transportation equipment, such as boats, statues artifacts, and many other cultural collections. And also there is a special room contains a miniature and a variety of traditional custom home communities in Indonesia. After that you can see a collection of ceramics. Ranging from large up pottery plates and bowls can be found here. Kind is also diverse, ranging celadon green, cracked a thousand, until the colorful ceramics here.
For the collection of statues placed in the central courtyard of the old building. You can walk along the park alley innercourct while enjoying a variety of stunning statues. Not far away, at the end near the exit, there is one room contains a collection of tables and chairs, as well as ancient lights, in addition to several cannons and other furniture.