Address: Jalan Tepian Pandan, Panji, Tenggarong, Kab. Kutai Kartanegara, East Kalimantan
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Opening-Close Hours: 08.30-16.00 WITA
Entrance Ticket Price (HTM): Adult IDR 2,500, Children IDR 1,000
Guys, many people say that the best teacher is experience, don’t you think? For people who still don’t have much life experience, learning about their experiences, stories, history, legends, successes and failures is something wise.
Likewise with studying history, one way to understand the successes and failures of people in the past, so that it can make lessons for us in the present and plan for the future.
It is also what makes the Museum a tourist attraction. This place is full of memories of the past, good or bad. This time, we will take a little look at one of the famous museums in Kalimantan. Come on, see a brief description through this article.
Travel Access Routes and Locations
Its name is the Mulawarman Museum. It is located in the central area of Tenggarong City which is the capital of Kutai Kartanegara Regency, East Kalimantan.
If colleagues want to visit our tourist attraction this time, it is advisable to come from the direction of Samarinda. From the capital city of East Kalimantan, you only need about 45 minutes-1 hour drive.
However, if you happen to be in Balikpapan and want to enjoy historical memories through the Mulawarman Museum, the distance is about 3 hours.
A visit to the Museum will always bring us memories of events in the past. It’s not uncommon, you know, friends, that our thoughts and imaginations will be carried as if they were in that era.
The Mulawarman Museum is home to around 5,373 historical objects of various kinds. About five thousand objects are then classified into several types.
These classifications include collections on History, Keramology, Geology, Philology, Archeology, Biology, Ethnography, Numismatics / Heraldics, Fine Arts, and Technology.
Most of the goods come from organic materials with the rest being inorganic. The material for making it also varies, such as cloth, bark, brass, wood, iron and various other basic materials.
Actually, the origin of this building is the former Keraton of the Kutai Kartanegara Sultanate, friend. In 1935, the Dutch government handed it over to Sultan Adji Muhammad Parikesit.
The architecture of the building at that time consisted of a basement and a core building. Where everything is dominated by concrete. Furthermore, the former Palace was used as the Mulawarman Museum, by imitating the traditional house architecture of the Dayak tribe.
The Mulawarman Museum was apparently also burned down, around 1963. Then, in 1971, the Governor at that time inaugurated and handed over the Mulawarman Museum to the Department of Education and Culture.
It turns out that friends, around the Museum there is also a cemetery for the Royal family, you know. There is also the Jami ‘Aji Amir Hasanuddin Mosque and Kedaton Hall, where Sultan Aji Muhammad Salehuddin II lived.
Talking about collectibles, apparently the Mulawarman Museum is one of the most comprehensive. The building consists of two floors. You can enjoy a variety of ceramic collections from China on the first floor, while art objects are stored on the top floor.
Friends can also shop for various souvenirs typical of Kalimantan, namely souvenirs of Dayak culture, starting from statues, accessories, stones, jewelry, and others. You can also take some mementos photos or pictures.
The museum collections are kept neatly and cared for. This collection is a collection of objects that are silent witnesses to the history of Indonesia. Some of them are objects that have been used by the Sultanate such as thrones.
This throne is the seat of the king and his queen, made by Ir. Vander Lube, a Dutchman, from wood covered in yellow cloth. You can see the thickness of European style in the 1900s through this Throne.
Besides that, you can also see the Lembuswana Statue which was made in Burma, Myanmar, in 1850. This statue is considered a symbol of Batara Guru’s vehicle, one of the gods in Hindu belief.
The shape is an ox or cow, with the appearance of an elephant, has wings like a bird, horns of a cow, but has spurs and is sturdy, like a rooster. This statue is also made with a giant head, along with several other decorations.
There are also accessories that are used as a symbol of the Sultanate’s greatness, to be precise when the Sultan is crowned King, as well as on other important days. This accessory is in the form of a necklace, called the Uncal Necklace.
Colleagues can also find several other objects such as Hindu statues, a guest table and accessories which are relics from the Sultanate of Bulungan, as well as a Dayak Benuaq craft, Ulap Doyo.
Here, there are also manuscripts of the history of the Kutai Kartanegara Kingdom, a collection of ceramics from various regions, currencies and instruments of exchange at that time, and there is also a gamelan, which originated from the Yogyakarta Palace and was made in 1855.
Friends, there is also a VOC cannon, Sapu Jagad, along with a replica of the Yupa inscription. The original Yupa is currently stored at the National Museum, Jakarta. This inscription is considered very important because it marks the beginning of the history of the Indonesian nation.
Did you know that this Yupa is the first inscription, written evidence of the use of the Palawa script in Sanskrit? If colleagues remember history, of course they know that Yupa was first discovered in Muara Kaman.
Talking about the attraction of the museum is endless. In addition, the Mulawarman Museum already has a variety of supporting facilities for your tours such as parking, toilets, prayer rooms, food stalls, and souvenir centers.
For colleagues who come from far away, they can also stay in the Tenggarong area, not too far from the location of the Mulawarman Museum. The operational hours of visiting the museum are daily, from morning to noon.
Usually, to enter the museum area, adult visitors are asked to pay Rp. 2,500 while children only need to pay around Rp. 1,000.
Wow, how cheap is access to our nation’s history. Why do we miss guys? Don’t be afraid of various haunted stories, the mystery of the Kodam ghost, the role of the crocodile, and various others in English, Wikipedia, Kukar, Makassar. Come here man.