The city of Solo is often referred to as the city of culture and the city of batik. The city of Solo is no less attractive than Yogyakarta. This city also has tourist attractions that are worth visiting. Museum tours are often considered an alternative to a boring vacation, however you will find the opposite when you come to the following museums in Solo.
- Surakarta Palace Museum
The Surakarta Palace Museum holds a wealth of evidence about the history, art, and culture of Surakarta. The museum building is rectangular and has two areas that are used as exhibition areas. The museum consists of 13 rooms.
Each room holds a different historical collection. The first room is a place to display photos of the king who once ruled in Surakarta. The second room contains bronze statues such as Buddha. Up to the 13th room, which includes household and kitchen utensils and rice cookers used by soldiers during the war.
The Surakarta Palace Museum is located in Baluwarti Village, Pasar Kliwon District, Surakarta City. The museum operates every day except Friday, Monday – Thursday, 09.00 AM – 14.00 PM. Saturday and Sunday at 09.00 AM – 15.00 PM, with the price of admission for weekdays IDR.10,000 and weekend IDR.15,000/person.
- National Keris Museum
The National Keris Museum was built in 2013 and then inaugurated on August 9, 2017. This museum contains kris from various regions in Indonesia, ranging from kris from the Jenggala Kingdom era to the present. It has a collection of around 338 blades, both kris and swords, and 32 krises borrowed from collectors.
The National Keris Museum consists of 4 floors. Usually, this place is used as a means of educational, historical, and cultural tourist destinations. In addition to the collection of kris on display, here is a library with a vast collection of books about kris. Come to this museum, let’s find out more about the various kinds of kris in Indonesia.
Located at Bhayangkara street, Number. 2, Sriwedari, Surakarta City, you can visit the Keris museum every Tuesday – Thursday at 09.00 AM – 15.00 PM, Friday at 08.30 AM – 11.00 PM, Saturday at 09.00 AM – 15.00 PM, Sunday at 09.00 AM – 13.00 PM, and every Monday off.
- Radya Pustaka Surakarta Museum
The building, which is proof of the importance of archiving for Solo’s people, founded by Kanjeng Raden Adipati Sosrodiningrat IV on October 18, 1890, is the oldest museum in Indonesia. The Radya Pustaka Museum was first used as the home of a Dutch citizen named Johannes Busselaar until it finally changed its function to a place for storing royal letters.
Radya Pustaka Museum has a collection of essential objects related to the kingdom. In the end, Radya Pustaka was officially turned into a museum. Interestingly, the layout of this museum has not changed from the past until now.
Radya Pustaka Museum is located at Slamet Riyadi street Number. 275, Sriwedari, Laweyan, Surakarta City. The museum is open to the public every Tuesday – Sunday, 08.30 AM – 13.00 PM, suitable for you to visit on weekends.
- National Press Museum
This building was formerly named “Societeit Sasana Soeka”. Initially, this place was used as a meeting hall and meeting room. In 1933, Sarsito Mangunkusumo and several other engineers met in this building and the Solosche Radio Vereeniging, the first public radio operated by indigenous Indonesians.
This building witnessed the formation of the Indonesian Journalists Association (PWI) on February 9, 1946, and in 1973 it began to change its name to the National Press Museum. On February 9, 1978, the museum was inaugurated by President Soeharto. The National Press Museum is used as an educational tourist spot and accepts donations of Indonesian press materials.
This museum must be on your bucket list in Solo. Because here it has a media center where people can access the internet using nine available computers, a library with a collection of 12,000 books, a reading room for newspapers, and old magazines that have been digitized.
The National Press Museum is located at Gajah Mada street 29, Timuran Village, Banjarsari District, Surakarta City. The location is close to the Mangkunegaran Palace. The museum is open from 08.00 AM – 16.00 PM local times..
Before you plan a trip to Solo, be sure to read more about Solo and Indonesia by visiting Wonderful Indonesia.
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