Things to do in Yogyakarta, Java: The Best Museums

August 23, 2021 Fernanda Pittenger

Yogyakarta boasts stunning architecture and a truly spiritual sensibility. The ancient Hindu temples of Prambanan look like hand-drizzled sand castles, while the Sultan's palace is reminiscent of a gilded music box filled with jewels. Known for its arts and handicrafts, Yogyakarta is a cultural hub, a nerve center for traditional and modern puppetry.
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1. Parangtritis Geomaritime Science Park

Parangtritis Indonesia +62 852-3388-4447 http://www.facebook.com/GeomaritimeSciencePark
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Parangtritis Geomaritime Science Park

2. Pendhapa Art Space

Jl. Ring Road Selatan Tegal Krapyak RT.01 Panggungharjo Sewon, Bantul 55188 Indonesia +62 851-0249-2828 [email protected] http://www.pendhapaartspace.com/
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Pendhapa Art Space

an alternative art space in Yogyakarta, which provides a facility for the implementation of cultural and arts activities for the artists and public.

Jl. Keloran No 6 Yogya Art Lab Building, Bantul 55181 Indonesia +62 878-3834-7868 [email protected] http://www.gajahgallery.com/default.php
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Gajah Gallery Yogyakarta and Yogya Art Lab

Since 1996, Gajah Gallery has been a pioneering body in the Southeast Asian arts scene, representing the region’s leading artists such as Yunizar, Ashley Bickerton, Suzann Victor, Li Jin and emerging artist such as Erizal As. After twenty years in the business, Gajah Gallery established a second outpost in Yogyakarta, at the heart of the Indonesian art scene. Gajah Gallery Yogyakarta aims to nurture an exchange between the Singaporean and Indonesian art scenes, while promoting artists from the region and advancing their international portfolio. This is evident through exhibitions such as Intersections in 2014; a groundbreaking visual juxtaposition of notable artists from Southeast Asia and Cuba, as well as the Bantul Art Summit in 2016, and most recently SUPERnatural; which features 20 Singaporean contemporary artists from a broad spectrum of disciplines. Within the gallery premises is the Yogya Art Lab; an experimental laboratory, creative space, and casting foundry.

Jl. Parangtritis KM 8,5 Gatak, Timbulharjo, Sewon 55797 Indonesia +62 274 6463175 https://www.facebook.com/Leksa-Ganesha-Batik-Gallery-119475014844912/
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Leksa Ganesha Batik Gallery

Reviewed By jonathann509

Incredible craftsmanship. Tatang was a gracious host who explained the many different pieces of batik art on display in the gallery and the stories of the artists who made them. The quality of batik in this gallery is unparalleled in Indonesia, and the effort made by Leksa Ganesha to use their batik craft to impact local issues in Indonesia, including orangutan habitat preservation and maritime conservation, makes Leksa Ganesha stand out in the field of batik in indonesia. In addition to exceptional batik, the kind folks at Leksa Ganesha will show you each step of the batik process, including how the dyes are created, where the resist wax is applied, and how it is removed at the end of the process. They also have a coffee shop that sources local beans from farmers working in volcanic areas of Indonesia like Ijen and Merapi. We can't recommend this strongly enough. We were able to get incredibly beautiful, unique, and priceless batik that we will treasure long after we have left Indonesia, as well as an interesting tour and insight into the efforts of this great organization throughout Indonesia. Go visit!

5. Ullen Sentalu Museum

Jl. Boyong Taman Wisata, 55581 Indonesia +62 274 895161 http://ullensentalu.com
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Ullen Sentalu Museum

Javanese Heritage museum

Reviewed By stefanusw93

This museum located in Kaliurang and quite far from downtown Yogyakarta. However, it has exquisite exterior and interior building with natural design. It has lots of private collection from collectors that remark the Mataram and Ngayogyakarta Sultan. This museum is private owned, there for quite pricey for the entrance fees, but it's worth it. They also provide tour guide included with entrance fees.

6. Yogyakarta Batik Museum

Jln. Dr Sutomo 13A Near from Lempuyangan Station, 55211 Indonesia +62 274 562338 [email protected] http://www.museumbatik.com
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Yogyakarta Batik Museum

Private Museum which conserve batik as culture heritage of Indonesia. Batik Workshop and Visit Museum to learn more about batik.Visit us before buying batik:)

Reviewed By Wilwa_Tikta - Indonesia, null

I’ve been to this museum several times for guiding friends, and I still enjoy it. with UNESCO declares Batik as Indonesia cultural heritage in 2001 and also World Cultural Council chooses Yogyakarta as Batik City in 2014, I think add more to fancy people buying Batik whenever coming to Yogyakarta, and for that, I always recommend visiting this museum, at least to know the history of Batik, types, and its evolution. imo, it is always nice to appreciate using Batik when knowing its history and how hard making it. one of their collections is also registered in MURI (the Indonesia World Records Museum) another uniqueness of this museum is that it’s a family-owned batik museum which was opened since 1979, and it’s located on the same compound with their hotel. the grandson acts as the guide, and he really has great knowledge about Batik. the museum was started by his grands, Mr. Hadi Nugroho & R. Ng. Jumima Dewi Sukaningsih. Visitors can try fabric dyeing around 1 hour with the price of 40.000 IDR and can be as your souvenir. many my friends, especially the foreigner ones enjoy that activity and back home they framed their own result. TIPS: if wish to get better explanation in English, you better call first the museum and hoping to have available guide in English. You might be lucky to have the grandson.

7. D'WALIK

Jl. Veteran no. 150-151 XT Square, 55161 Indonesia +62 274 380809 [email protected] http://dematamuseum.com
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D'WALIK

D'Walik Illusion Room Museum is the biggest indoor illusion room theme park in Indonesia. We have 27 rooms with different theme, such as treasure room, music studio, until anti-gravity room that you can interact with. D'Walik also have Photo Studio Area where we use green screen as the background. Come and check us out!

8. History of Java Museum

Jl. Parangtritis KM 5,5, Sewon 55187 Indonesia +62 857-4822-8300 [email protected] https://historyofjavamuseum.com/
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History of Java Museum

History of Java Museum. The museum with IT basic application augmended reality or 3d. The Museum have theater place, collection place,diorama place and 4d film. The enjoy visit in History of java.

Reviewed By eggym2017 - Jakarta, Indonesia

Awesome place.. Nice place to learn about the history of Java and absolutely need more collections to be added so it will be more fun.. Need more promotion so people aware about this museum..

9. Tembi Rumah Budaya

Km 8.4 Jl. Parangtritis Timbulharjo, Sewon, 55186 Indonesia [email protected] http://www.tembi.net/
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Tembi Rumah Budaya

Tembi Rumah Budaya or The Culture Home in Tembi village is a cultural and arts space to whom likes to stay in a Javanese atmosphere and get cultural arts activities. in Togetherness organized and manged with Java Connections and, certainly with the locals and experts. Tembi Rumah Budaya performs the genuine Javanese arts and cultures, and accommodate local artists to express their art works. Tembi Rumah Budaya provides arts and culture activities; rice planting, Traditional Javanese dance, Gamelan (Javanese musics & instruments)class & lessons, Mask & Puppet paintings, village tour by bike - Classic Jeep, Horse cart or even by walk. These all great activities will be your daily companion during your stay in Rumah Tembi Budaya.

10. Mount Merapi Museum

Jl. Kaliurang KM 22, Boyong, Harjobinangun, Pakem, Sleman Indonesia +62 812-2756-6370 http://www.slemankab.go.id/572/museum-gunung-api-merapi.slm
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Mount Merapi Museum

Reviewed By Nvick

Good place to learn more about Volcano in Indonesia and around the world. Also, learn about volcano eruption and after effect.

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