Has a long history of existence, the National Museum was originally a set Bataviaasch Genootschaf van Kunsten en Wetenschappen (BG), which established the Dutch government on 24 April 1778. The independent Institute which has the goal of advancing research in the field of art and science, and then was led by Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles in the period 1811-1816 during the British occupation of Java.
BG growing collection makes the Dutch government in 1862 decided to build a new building in Jalan Medan Merdeka Barat No. 12, which is still in use. On September 17, 1962, the Cultural Institute of Indonesia later handed over management of the museum to the Indonesian government, which was then called the Museum Center and raised its status to the National Museum in 1979 by decree of the Education Minister.
Jainudin said, along with the many enthusiasts who come and visit, manager of the museum is providing various facilities supporting the new tour. Starting from a clean toilet in every floor to the availability of tour guides fluent in three languages, namely Indonesia, the United Kingdom, and the Netherlands.
“Regarding the availability of tourist guides, we are in this museum the visitors do not always crowded, sometimes crowded, sometimes too quiet. If in a crowded situation we be on the verge of defeat with a number of guides exist, because the visit could be up to 2-3 thousand people, “said Jainudin.
According to his statement, the National Museum has seven types of collections with an overall amount of approximately 141 thousand artifacts related to archeology, pre-history, ethnography, ceramics, and more.
Open every day except Mondays and national holidays, the museum offers a long history of civilization Indonesia, ranging from pre-historic times, the days of empire, to the history of modern civilization. No wonder if the museum is a tourist destination alternative for many people, including foreign tourists who are visiting Jakarta.
He admitted, although it is not know for sure the traffic data, the number of tourist arrivals more than local tourists visit. This proves the rich history of the archipelago which is stored in the chambers of the National Museum is always interesting to be analyzed, discussed and studied to be taken advantage.
“Then about March to May, visitors crowded usually school children. If tourists are usually ahead of December until the new year. It traveler from the Netherlands, Korea, Japan, that many are coming, “said Jainudin.