Kalabahi Museum in Alor Regency, East Nusa Tenggara Province


Kalabahi City is the capital of Alor Regency and it has become tourists’ checkpoint before heading to any available attractions located in Alor Island. Despite the fact, the city offers more than that functionality. It is because tourists can also find interesting vacation destinations there including the one called 1000 Moko Museum. The location is in Nusa Kenari Village and it belongs to Teluk Mutiara Sub-District. Why is the name, actually? “Moko” is a traditional item which has become a signature of Alor Tribe for generations. As people may expect, they may find lots of valuable and historical “Mokos” in the museum. For families, visiting this Indonesia’s museum gives them the chance to teach kids regarding both culture and history of the local society.

The Nuance
Just because the museum includes “Moko” in its name, doesn’t mean it only displays such objects only inside. The fact is that tourists may also find other valuable items including ancient woven fabrics, looms, pottery, historical fishermen’s equipment, and much more. All of these objects have a historical value, so they are worth to learn. In terms of nuance, the museum looks ordinary from the outside but fabulous from the inside especially due to the excellent management and the presence of those objects.

Exploring Kalabahi Museum
1000 Moko Museum is actually a complex of several structures. In a nutshell, visitors may find two main buildings once entering the site. Both of these buildings store historical items, but they come in a different category. The first building stores mainly ancient historical objects while the second one focuses on retaining various types of traditional woven designs called Kawate. Why the splitting, though? It is said those woven fabrics should be stored in a special place with an exact exposure to light and temperature. The purpose is to avoid damages on the surface of the fabrics.

The unique fact regarding 1000 Moko Museum is the authenticity of the stored objects. These items are made by the locals, but some of them were imported from other countries like India, Turkey, and China (especially the silk fabrics). As for the traditional items, visitors may find Alor Tribe’s equipment like weapons, Moko, looms, hairpins, and many others. The most valuable item perhaps is the Moko Nekara, which has a big size and historical value. For the information, the founder was Simon J Oil Balol.

One thing, tourists should come to the museum at the right time. It is because there is a schedule regarding when the site opens and closes. It opens early in the morning at 8 am and closes in the afternoon around 3 pm. The good news is the location is within Kalabahi City, so it has an excellent accessibility regardless of where tourists may come.

Nearby Attractions

  • Manna Waterfall
  • Kalabahi City
  • Alor Kecil Beach
  • Reklamasi Beach
  • Sakura Kalabahi Beach

How to Get There
For those coming from Kupang City, they need to take an airplane at El Tari International Airport and head to Alor Island Airport at Alor Regency. Once arriving at the destination, the next thing to do is to get a local transportation service and head to the museum right away. This can be done through Sudirman Street, actually. The distance is only 15.3 km, so the trip takes approximately 25 minutes.

Where to Stay

  • Pelangi Indah Hotel
  • Symphony Hotel
  • Nusa Kenari Indah Hotel


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