Basoeki Abdullah Museum in Cilandak Sub-district, South Jakarta City


Jakarta Special Region has many valuable museums, and all of them are worth a visit. For those who are into arts, Basoeki Abdullah Museum is a recommended place to explore. Just like the name implies. The museum stores arts collections and paintings of Basoeki Abdullah, including shadow puppets, statues, paintings, weapons, and masks. Currently, the museum is managed by the Ministry of Education and Culture. It also opens for public, so everyone is allowed to enter it. Sometimes, tourists can also join seminars and studies. Not to mention they have the chance to join a workshop, publishing numerous works like articles, biographies, and catalogs.

The Nuance
The size of the building is about 600 m2 and it consists of two floors. Both the nuance and environment are clean. Thanks to the great management. What about the history? Well, the construction finished in 2001 and it was inaugurated by I Gede Ardika. Before dying, Basoeki Abdullah’s will was to gather and retain his collections in a house and turned it into a public attraction. With the help of the government, his house was renovated into a museum, displaying his lucrative arts collections. On top of that, tourists consider it as a recommended tourist spot in West Cilandak.

Exploring Basoeki Abdullah Museum
As mentioned before, the museum retains Basoeki’s art collections and other valuable items. In fact, there is a memorial room! In terms of number, there are about 720 collections and 3,000 books or magazines. Once visitors enter the building, they may find several rooms on the first floor. These include a living room, masks and shadow puppets exhibition hall, and Basoeki’s bedroom. The fact is he was mysteriously murdered in 1993 in his bedroom. No wonder, the aura of the room seems mystical and strange.

The second floor contains a gallery, where Basoeki’s paintings reside. There are about 50 of them, but the locals say there are more than 100 of them. In this floor, visitors may find 3 exhibition rooms. The first one consists of scenery paintings only, while the second room consists of famous people like R.A Kartini, Ferdinand Marcos, and much more. What about another room? It displays abstract paintings. Among all the paintings, the most famous one is called “Flora dan Fauna”. The rumor has it, the eyes of the boy in the painting may move accordingly to the audience’s movement!

Overall, Basoeki Abdullah Museum is a hidden treasure of Jakarta tourism. It is a recommended place to witness the collections of such famous artist. In fact, some students come to the museum to do a field study. In fact, taking pictures is allowed there. What’s next? Another charm is the entry fee, which is quite cheap for everyone.

Nearby Attractions

  • Harry Darsono Museum
  • Layang-Layang Museum
  • Cilandak Town Square

How to Get There
The museum resides in Cilandak Sub-district, South Jakarta City. To be exact, it is located in Keuangan Raya Street 19. From Soekarno-Hatta Airport, the distance is 32 km and it takes about 35 minutes to reach the place. Also, the best route to use is Jakarta Outer Ring Road. That’s all.

Where to Stay

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