Top 15 Museum in Yogyakarta (Traditional & Modern)
Jogjakarta has always been a place where culture and history are preserved, this is because the Sultanate of Jogja that’s still in the running till now. Thus Jogyakarta is also known for its cultural and historical tourism. In addition to the temple and Keraton then you can also visit the many museums there.
1. Mount Merapi Museum
For those of you who want to know all the info about Mount Merapi, then you must come to this museum in Jogja that are named Museum of Mount Merapi. The building standing artistically with the majestic setting of Mount Merapi, the 2-story museum was inaugurated in 2010 and became one of the interesting tourist attractions in the area Hargobinangun, Sleman, Yogyakarta.
The shape of the building is unique, trapezoidal-shaped with one side of the top cone forming a triangle. When the day is clear and Mount Merapi is not covered by clouds, then both the building and the mountain can be seen and look even so dashing.
When entering the museum, a replica of hot clouds and rumbling sound from three previous eruptions of Mount Merapi, namely in 1969, 1994 and 2006 will welcome the visitors. Trying to explore another room then you will find displays of the type of volcanic eruption there and observed many displayed rocks that were spewed out from Mount Merapi since 1930, the addition of a collection of eruptive relics of the year 2006 to a collection of photographs of Mount Merapi from past time are also displayed in such a way that’s easily observed by viewers.
2. Sandi Museum
Yogyakarta has a museum of codes and it is the only one in Indonesia, even in the world. Sandi Museum has been around since July 29, 2008, as the establishment of this code museum has several purposes.
Namely, to display a collection of intricacies about the cryptography and to increase the knowledge and insight of visitors about the world of cryptography in Indonesia and the world. The place also acts as a medium of learning for the younger generation for the role of the cryptography in achieving the independence for the state of Indonesia.
This code museum consists of three parts, the history of the Indonesian and world cryptography activities, the history of the development of cryptography science ranging from classical cryptography and modern cryptography cipher as well as the evolution of Indonesian science regarding encryption and foreign-made encryption equipment ever used in encrypting spy activities.
This museum in Jogja is open Monday to Thursday at 08.30 -15.00 and Friday at 08.30 – 11.30. Saturdays, Sundays and national holidays the place is closed. If you want to know the history of cryptography in Indonesia and the world then do not hesitate to visit this Museum Sandi at opening hours.
3. Naval Museum Yogyakarta
This Museum is founded on 25 April 2009 by Admiral Madya TNI Didik Heru Purnomo who has a number of collections of items related to the marine world. While the management of this museum is handled by Paguyuban Tri Sekar Lestari and Lanal AL Yogyakarta. The museum is located on Jl. RE Martadinata (Wirobrajan) No.69, Yogyakarta.
From the front of this museum is designed to resemble a bridge or a command ship where the steering wheel of the ship is located. The room in this museum also added an audiovisual space. Here the visitors can watch the screening of documentary film about the maritime world of Indonesia from Soekarno era until today.
Entrance fee is Rp. 1000 per visitors and you can explore the world of maritime of Indonesia in this place. The museum is open every Tuesday – Sunday at 08.30 – 15.30 WIB. As for national holidays, this museum can open or close, depending on the conditions.
4. De Mata Trick Eye 3D Museum
This museum is not an ordinary museum. As the name implies, this museum is a three-dimensional museum. So, inside this museum, visitors can browse through hundreds of pictures and paintings of supposed 3D imaging, most of which seem as if they are about to burst out of their frames. Collection of this museum is divided into several categories, such as animals, superhero, circus, political figure, sports, and much more.
Therefore, anyone can take pictures with the background images of painting that can trick the eye of the viewer. The price of admission to this unique museum is not that expensive also. Currently, to enter this museum, you only need to pay 25 thousand rupiah, – per person.
This unique museum is a tourist attraction in Jogja that is still relatively new because it’s inaugurated at the end of 2013. This 3-dimensional museum is the first 3-dimensional museum in Jogja and Central Java. And incredibly, this museum is said to be the largest 3-dimensional museum in the world, because it has the most collection available.
5. Jogja Kembali Monument (Monjali)
Monument Jogja Kembali is located at North Ring Road, Sariharjo Village, Ngaglik Subdistrict, Sleman Regency, Yogyakarta. The monument and museum in Jogja which is in the form of a mountain is also a history museum for the struggle for independence of the Republic of Indonesia. Monjali consists of 3 floors and is equipped with a library and multipurpose room. At the entrance, there are 422 names of heroes listed there who died while defending the country.
The museum also has neatly arranged replicas, photos, documents, various types of weaponry, to the replica of a common kitchen equipment in the period of the war of independence in 1945-1949. There is even a stretcher there that has been used by Commander-in-Chief General Soedirman.
6. Fort Vredeburg Museum
Located in the heart of the city of Jogja. This museum which was originally a fortress made during the colonial period and was built with a thick Dutch architectural style. This building then became a place of contemplating the history of Indonesia in the form of a diorama containing the story of the heroes struggle against the invading forces.
In addition, there are also some collections such as photographs, uniforms and various relics of the heroes and colonists items that are neatly lined up in the rooms there. This Museum in Jogja also acts as tourist attractions that located close to Malioboro.
7. Museum Anak Kolong Tangga
Did you happen to miss any of your old toys? or you want to know what kind of traditional toys use by children in Indonesia and also curious about the history of existing toys? Then you can try visiting one of the museums in Jogja which is called Museum Anak Kolong Tangga
Because of its location which is located under the stairs, then it’s called Museum of Anak Kolong Tangga. And as the name implies, this museum is certainly intended for children’s attractions in Yogyakarta. The museum is located in the area of Yogyakarta Cultural Park that’s function to store various collections of toys that exist throughout Indonesia. A variety of toys that are mostly traditional toys are handmade material that stores many stories and local cultures in them, such as legends or myths.
8. Affandi Museum
Affandi Museum is home to the maestro’s painting collection, named Affandi. The location is located at Laksda Adisucipto road 167, Yogyakarta. In this museum were displayed perfect paintings of the work Affandi had made throughout his whole life. This very attractive museum in Yogyakarta was the place where Affandi lived and work and there also the place where he was buried. So you can contemplate his life by visiting the place and admired his work there.
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9. Museum Batik Yogyakarta
Yogyakarta Batik Museum is the first batik museum in Yogyakarta. This batik collection museum is located at Dr. Sutomo Street, Yogyakarta City. Currently, the Museum of Batik Yogyakarta stores more than 1,200 collections of batik. The collection consists of 500 pieces of batik cloth, 560 batik cap, 124 batik tools, and 35 coloring materials.
10. Museum Ullen Sentalu
Ullen Sentalu is a museum in Jogja that showcases the culture and life of the princes of Sultanate Palace. During their life, the princesses of the palace made batik for Keraton official. Currently, their batik collection is kept neatly at Ullen Sentalu Museum. The museum is located in Pakem area, Kaliurang, Yogyakarta. Here, you can find out how the Javanese ancestors make batik that has a deep meaning and symbol in every cultural style.
11. Museum Sonobudoyo
If you want to know the history and collection of Kris Weaponry in Yogyakarta, then you can come to Sonobudoyo Museum. Here are stored at least 1,200 collections of Kris. This museum is located on Jalan Trikora 6, in North Square Yogyakarta. To get inside the museum, you only need to pay the entrance ticket for Rp 3,000 that’s cheap.
12. Museum Wayang Kekayon
Kekayon Puppet Museum stands on Jalan Raya Jogja-Wonosari Km 7 No 277, Bantul, Yogyakarta. This museum in Jogja is where the shadow puppets are stored. Similar to the Wayang Museum in Jakarta, this museum has several types of puppets, such as wayang Purwa, wayang Madya (telling the post-Western War era), wayang Klithik (telling Damarwulan and Minakjinggo), wayang Gedhog (story of Goddess Candrakirana), and others.
13. Biology Museum
Biology Museum of Yogyakarta is a very suitable place for media learning, education and to increases the knowledge about existing flora and fauna. The collection consists of a variety of preserved flora and fauna in Indonesia. But there are also variations that come from donations of researchers from various countries that exhibited there.
14. Dr. YAP Eye Hospital Museum
Probably not many people realize that there is a museum inside the Dr. YAP Eye Hospital. Dr. YAP Hospital which is the famous Eye Hospital in Jogja and has a museum that holds a large collection of medical equipment history from dr. Yap Hong Tjoen and dr. Yap Kie Tiong, who is the founder of dr. YAP Eye Hospital. In addition to eye medicine equipment that became a collection of this museum, there is also the history of dr. Yep neatly stored in it for viewers to contemplate.
15. Museum TNI AU Dirgantara Mandala
Not just the culture of art that exist in the many museums of Jogja, but there is also the Central Museum of the Air Force of Indonesia, better known as Dirgantara Mandala. The museum is headquartered at the Adi Sutjipto air base complex, Yogyakarta. This Museum in Jogja store a number of photos of historical figures and diorama of historical events.
On the other hand, A number of World War II fighter planes are stored here, such as PBY-5A (Catalina), Replica of WEL-I RI-X aircraft, Japanese Zero Zen A6M5 aircraft, B-25 Mitchell B, B 26 Invader and Helicopter 360 that were made in the US.
The museum can be regarded as a way to remind ourselves of our history and also to attract many tourists to come and explore the beauty of past time. This need to be preserved so that in turn we won’t forget who we really are and to be able to learn from past events to better shape us today.