8 Museums And Galleries In Jakarta With Indonesian Art, Batik, Antiques & More To Explore On Your Day Off

Museums and galleries in Jakarta

The weekend you’ve been waiting for all week has finally arrived, but you’re out of activities to do. As much as you love chatting with your friends over a cup of coffee at your favorite cafe, you might want to do something else for a change. Luckily for you, there are

museums and galleries in Jakarta that can fill you and your family or friends with knowledge and inspiration.

Whether you’re keen on learning about cultural history, fine art or historical archives, this list of museums and galleries in Jakarta will definitely come in handy.  

1. Galeri Nasional Indonesia – art exhibitions for art lovers and noobs

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Anyone who’s interested in the arts should go to

Galeri Nasional Indonesia , or The National Gallery of Indonesia, where you can see permanent and temporary art exhibitions for free. Its permanent collection includes the works of major Indonesian artists such as the pioneer of romanticism Raden Saleh, the master of Indonesian expressionism Affandi, as well as international artists such as Wassily Kandinsky and Hans Hartung. 

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Temporary exhibitions vary as they can focus on paintings, illustrations, architectural drawings and models, and experimental installations. Among recent ones are Man x Universe by Srihadi Soedarsono and Affandi’s “Alam, Ruang, Manusia” (“Nature, Space, People”).

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Affandi’s “Alam, Ruang, Manusia” immersive exhibition

Video credit: >Galeri Nasional Indonesia

Urban sketchers would love the KamiSketsa GalNas (WeSketch GalNas) workshop, but anyone can join and it’s free. You’ll get to have fun and learn to develop your on-the-spot drawing skills with other participants, giving you a more interactive experience with art. 

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Gallery fans are doing urban sketching from home

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These urban sketching sessions are currently held online – you can share your art via the Instagram hashtags >#kamisketsagalnas and  >#kamisketsagalnasdarirumah. Galeri Nasional Indonesia is also holding regular educational Zoom talks with artists and curators on their >Facebook page.


Jalan Medan Merdeka Timur #14, Gambir, Gambir, Central Jakarta 10110

Opening hours:

Tue – Sun 9AM-4PM, Closed on Mondays

Opening hours (temporary exhibitions): 10AM-7PM, Daily



Price: Free


2. Museum Nasional Indonesia – Indonesia’s oldest museum, with ancient artifacts

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Image adapted from: >@davidia_intan

Get in touch with the cultural history of Indonesia at

Museum Nasional Indonesia , or The National Museum of Indonesia. It’s also called Museum Gajah (elephant) because of the elephant statue in front of the building. Established during the Dutch colonial period in the late 1700s, it was the first museum in Southeast Asia.

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The museum is divided into sections such as archeology, ethnography, and geography, among others. You’ll find artefacts such as 17th-century Chinese ceramics, batik and ikat fabric from the 19th century, and stone engravings dating back to the 12th century – which you can now explore from the comfort of home thanks to >Google Arts & Culture’s online exhibitions from the museum.

You can learn about more modern cultural history here as well – some recent exhibitions and free online talks advertised on the museum’s Instagram feed focused on topics such as dangdut, historical figures such as Prince Diponegoro, and Japanese design from the 1950s to the 1990s.  


Jalan Medan Merdeka Barat #12, Gambir, Gambir, Central Jakarta 10110

Opening hours:

Tues – Fri, 9AM-3PM | Closed Saturdays, Sundays, Mondays, and public holidays

Virtual Zoom visits:

Tuesday and Thursday, 10AM-11.30AM and 1.30PM-2.30PM (for members of the public; >register here)



Price: Rp. 5,000 (~USD0.35) adults, Rp. 2,000 (~USD0.14) children


3. Museum Tekstil Jakarta – beautiful batik

and woven fabric  

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Ancient ceramics and stone engravings often grab the attention of museum-hoppers, but textiles have been around for a long time and they deserve the spotlight too. After all, textiles predate our writing culture, and visually tell the story of civilizations and human relationships in the past that we now tend to take for granted. 

Museum Tekstil Jakarta , or The Textile Museum, boasts a collection of textiles from across the archipelago that proves how much of an impact it has on cultural history. Inaugurated in 1976, this museum displays Javanese batik, Batak ulos, and ikat, which is a traditional dyeing technique. You’ll also get to see the types of instruments and equipment that are used to make textiles, and that serve as an eye-opener for those who want to learn about the details that have influenced Indonesian fashion.

Virtual tours of the museum are available on their >Youtube channel, and you can expand your textile vocabulary by checking out their >Instagram posts


Jalan Aipda K.S. Tubun #2-4, Kota Bambu Selatan, Palmerah, West Jakarta 11420

Opening hours:

Tue – Sun 9AM-4PM | Closed on Mondays



Price: Rp. 5,000 (~USD0.35) adults, Rp. 3,000 (~USD0.21) students, Rp. 2,000 (~USD0.14) children


4. Museum Layang-Layang Indonesia – a humble kite museum kids will love

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With the rise of video games, there aren’t a lot of kites in sight, but at least

Museum Layang-Layang Indonesia , or The Kite Museum of Indonesia, is around to preserve those good old-fashioned toys. 

To date, the museum has a collection of over 600 traditional and modern kites from Indonesia and other countries such as Vietnam and Japan. There are so many different designs with popping colors to observe and take photos of, and you might even be surprised by how big some of them are – there’s one that’s 26 meters in length.

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Children are bound to love spending a day here because apart from looking at a variety of kites, there are workshops where they can learn how to make and decorate their own kites, which they can later play with at home. Other crafty workshops are also on offer, and prices range from

Rp. 35,000 (~USD2.47) to

Rp. 50,000 (~USD3.53) .


Jalan H. Kamang #38, Pondok Labu, Cilandak, South Jakarta 12450

Opening hours:

9AM-4PM, Daily




Rp. 15,000 (~USD1.06)


5. Galeri Foto Jurnalistik Antara – the first Indonesian gallery dedicated to photojournalism

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Galeri Foto Jurnalistik Antara , or The Antara Museum of Photojournalism, is located within Pasar Baru’s iconic market compound in Central Jakarta and should go on the list of aspiring photojournalists or casual photographers alike. Established in 1992, it’s the first Indonesian institution dedicated to photojournalism. 

In addition to being a gallery where you can explore the history of Indonesian photojournalism through photos, it also hosts regular workshops where you can take your hobby a step further.

On the second floor is Museum Pers Antara, or The Antara Press Museum, which displays antique typewriters, old newspaper articles, and a motorcycle that was once used by journalists. The building isn’t too big, but it houses a lot of important historical items that photo buffs and aspiring reporters will love to pore over.

Regular Zoom talks discussing topics such as the experiences and histories of photojournalists in Aceh, Bali, and even the early days of Indonesia’s independence are regularly announced on their Instagram feed. 


Jalan Antara #59, Pasar Baru, Sawah Besar, Central Jakarta 10710

Opening hours: Tue – Sun 10AM-8PM | Closed on Mondays

Telephone: 0213458771




6. Bartele Gallery – a gallery shop for antique enthusiasts  

Bartele Gallery

Image adapted from: >@bartelegallery

Bartele Gallery is a bit different from the others on this list because it’s actually a gallery shop that also welcomes anyone who’s into rare antique maps, prints, photographs and books. 

The only gallery of its kind in Indonesia, its small size packs items that are centuries old – such as a map of Palembang from the early 1900s and an illustration of Tangerang from the mid-1700s. 

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An antique map of Southeast Asia available for sale at the gallery

Image credit: >Maps-Prints.com

You might even be interested in buying a print

(from ~USD 130) as a gift for a friend or family member who loves collecting antique items. For a preview of the gallery’s collection, visit Bartele’s >catalog.  


Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Jalan Jenderal Sudirman, Menteng, Central Jakarta 10310

Opening hours:

8AM-8PM, Daily






7. Art:1 New Museum – a hidden world of contemporary art 

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Image credit: >@retnoeka

In a city as big and packed as Jakarta, there are a lot of hidden gems, and the

Art:1 New Museum is one of them. It’s the place to go if you want to keep up with the latest art. Established in 2011, this museum also has an art space that doesn’t only exhibit artwork by local and international artists, but also puts on talks and discussions. 

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It’s almost surprising how a place this big isn’t more widely known by the residents of Jakarta. The modern building has 3 floors, where you’ll find modern paintings, sculptures and installations, and also video art and photographic works.

Past exhibitions include Intuitive Form by Shingo Okazaki, Kawaii Abstract by Osamu Watanabe Randomness by Farrah F. T. as well as a celebration of graffiti and street art. Those looking to delve into topics such as how to build an art collection can tune in to the gallery’s free Zoom talks online, announced on their Instagram feed. 


Jalan Rajawali Selatan Raya #3, Gunung Sahari Utara, Sawah Besar, Central Jakarta 10720

Opening hours:

Tue – Sat 10AM-6PM | Sun 10AM-4PM | Closed on Mondays




Rp. 100,000 (~USD7.06) adults, Rp. 75,000 (~USD5.30) students, free for children


8. Museum MACAN – experience Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Room

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Among the many museums and galleries in Jakarta,

Museum MACAN , or the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Nusantara, is one of the hottest spots. It boasts a chic layout and impressive exhibitions that are a feast for the eyes. 

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Yayoi Kusama’s famous Infinity Mirrored Room or Mit Jai Inn’s Color in Cave have been popular selfie sites as they’re both colorful and magical, making you want to cherish the memory of having interacted with the artwork. 

As for MACAN’s collection of paintings, you’ll get to see the works of Indonesia’s greats, Raden Saleh and S. Sudjojono, as well as those by international artists such as Yayoi Kusama, Keith Haring, and Sigmar Polke.

Since one of the museum’s missions is to introduce art to an expansive audience, it also has fun activities for children. Additionally, you can visit the shop if you’re interested in buying art books, T-shirts, or stationery that make thoughtful year-end gifts for art lovers too. Browse the >online shop to see what’s in store.

Address: AKR Tower Level M, Jalan Perjuangan #5, Kebon Jeruk, Kebon Jeruk, West Jakarta 11530

Opening hours:

Tue – Sun 10AM-6PM | Closed on Mondays




Rp. 100,000 (~USD7.06) adults, Rp. 90,000 (~USD6.36) students and senior citizens, Rp. 80,000 (~USD5.65) children aged 3-12, free for children under 3


Museums and galleries in Jakarta

With this guide of museums and galleries in Jakarta at your fingertips, you’ll hopefully see the city from a new light – there are indeed options to fill up your weekend other than the typical shopping mall or cafe. 

Many of them are offering online visits and entertainment options for art and culture buffs, so you can stay safe at home and wander the city’s museums through video, and even get to meet the curators and artists whom you won’t usually see on a physical visit. 

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8 Museums And Galleries In Jakarta With Indonesian Art, Batik, Antiques & More To Explore On Your Day Off