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National of the Republic of is the site of the Dutch heritage that still exists and stands firmly until now in the city of Jakarta (Batavia). Beginning of the founding of this building is when the Dutch government established an intellectual associations and institutions that exist in the Dutch scientist by the name Bataviaasch Batavia Genootschap van Kunsten en Wetenschappen on 24 April 1778 M. The institute aims to promote research in the field of arts and sciences-particularly in the fields of history, archeology, ethnography, and publish findings in the field concerned. To support the activities of the institution, the Dutch Government to build a library to accommodate a collection of books and cultural objects donated by the founders and members. GajahKarena increasing number of collections, a new building was constructed. The new building is named Literary Society. Literary Society is used by the Dutch government as a place to accommodate and maintain collections of books and objects of archaeological findings, and is used as a library. But slowly, precisely in 1862 AD, the Dutch finally established a new building again that not only functions as a library or office, but also as a to care for and exhibit collections that exist. This new building which is the forerunner of the National of the Republic of Indonesia. After Indonesia gained its independence, on February 29, 1950, Holland’s historic heritage building was later converted into the Cultural Institute of Indonesia (Indonesian Culture Council). This institution did not last long. Since September 17, 1962, the Government of Indonesia took over the management of the institution and make it as the Center. Based on the Decree of the Minister of Education and Culture No.0092/0/1979, on May 28, 1979, this was officially switched its name from the Center to the National of the Republic of Indonesia. Although officially named the National of the Republic of Indonesia, but the is by the general public better known as the Elephant Museum. This is because the museum is a statue made of bronze elephants on the front lawn. This elephant statue, reputedly, a gift of the King of Siam (Thailand) in March 1871 AD In addition, the museum is also often referred to as the Museum Arca, because in it there are various types and forms of statues / sculptures from different periods in the history of the archipelago. The National Museum of the Republic of Indonesia has a building representative and comfortable. The museum is composed of two building units, namely the National Museum Building (Unit A) and ARCA Building (Unit B) built since 1996. For the old building (Unit A), the arrangement of the exhibition is based on the types of collections, both based on the scientific, material, or regionalism, such as Space Prehistoric, Bronze Room, and others. While the arrangement at the House of ARCA (Unit B), no longer based on the type of collection, but rather lead to a theme based on aspects of culture which is divided into four floors. The first floor is themed humans and the environment, science and technology themed second floor, third floor themed social organizations and settlement patterns, while the fourth floor of themed treasures of gold and ceramics. The entire arrangement is summarized in the theme “Cultural diversity in unity”. Feature The National Museum of the Republic of Indonesia has a collection of historic objects very much, which is about 109,342 pieces in 2001. In 2006 the collection had exceeded 140,000 units. However, only a third that can be exhibited to the public. Until now, in 2008, the number of museum collections has reached 141,899 pieces. Because such a large number of collections, the museum is noted as the largest museum in Indonesia and even in Southeast Asia. Visitors to this museum can see a collection of objects of heritage of the entire archipelago, including statues, inscriptions, sculptures, artifacts, traditional weapons, traditional art tools, and many others are classified in seven groups, namely a collection of prehistoric, archaeological, ceramic, numismatic (related to currency) and heraldic (associated with the royal emblem), history, ethnography, and geography. These collections can be seen in nine different rooms, namely: Ethnography Room, Room Bronze Room, Pre-History, Ceramics Room, Living Textiles, Room Numismatic & heraldry, Historical Relics Room, Stone Sculpture Space, and Space Khazanah. In the rooms that visitors can select and view the collections of the museum in accordance with the interest and passion. For example, for visitors who want to see the collection of historic objects made of gold and precious rocks heritage kingdoms that ever existed in the archipelago, can enter the Gold Room Khazanah. Gold Khazanah space is divided into two rooms, namely Space Space Archaeology and Ethnography. In these chambers, tourists can see more than 200 pieces of historic objects made of gold and silver. Special in room Ethnographic objects are made of 14-24 carat gold and adorned by many gemstones. The objects in this room, according to history, many are found incidentally, not found through archaeological excavations. As for the other end who has an interest can go to rooms that are divided according to the classifications that space. In general, this museum has many collections of cultural objects and objects of prehistory of the entire archipelago, as well as the civilization heritage objects of other nations, such as Southeast Asia and Europe. Source of many collections in this museum comes from archaeological excavations, grants collector, and purchase. Location The National Museum of the Republic of Indonesia is located west of Merdeka Square, precisely located at Jalan Merdeka Barat No.12, Jakarta Pusat, DKI Jakarta, Indonesia. D. Access The museum is located in the heart of Jakarta. Access to visit this museum is not too difficult. From Blok M, visitors can use Transjakarta bus to the city, then stop off at the National Monument (Monas). After that, because the museum is situated opposite the bus stop, visitors can walk to the location. Rates Transjakarta bus from Blok M to Kota amounting to Rp 3,500 (May 2008). Ticket prices Tourists visiting the museum are charged different. For the adults are charged Rp 1,000, while for visitors of children (under 17 years) and students are charged an entrance fee of Rp 250 (May 2008). The museum is open Tuesday through Sunday, while on Mondays and holidays closed. For Tuesday through Thursday, the museum opened at 8:30 until 2:30 pm. Meanwhile on Friday open from 08.30 until 11:30 pm, and Saturday at 08:30 until around 01:30 pm. Accommodation and Other Facilities At the National Museum of the Republic of Indonesia there are supporting facilities, such as parking area located on the front page and the ground floor, air-conditioning (AC), toilets, stairs escalators, elevators, lobby, and auditorium. The plan at this museum will be built few extra amenities, including cafes and souvenir shops. Additionally, for travelers who want to linger watch museum collections and intend to stay, not to worry, because around the museum there are many guesthouses, hotels, restaurants, restaurants

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