Photo: Deserted beachfront east of Maumere.

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Blikon Blewut Museum

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This small and pleasantly dishevelled museum is maintained by the Roman Catholic seminary at Ledalero, run by the SVD fathers who have a considerable presence on Flores.

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The profusion of both cultural and natural items on display in the one-room museum were collected starting in the 1960s by the late Father Piet Petu. Attractions here include ikat from across the island, lurid paintings of ancient Florinese residents, Chinese ceramics and the bones of the stegadon, the pint-sized elephant relatives that provided the main sustenance for ancient island residents, including the now-famous "hobbits".

There are also fading photo albums portraying 20th century missionary life, including the way Florinese people used to look and dress prior to Western influence. Don’t expect English labels, and try to come before 15:00.

Admission is 20,000 rupiah, and it takes around 20 minutes to get here from downtown Maumere, a pleasant drive through winding jungle roads passing small and charming villages. Wandering around the well-maintained and green seminary is also pleasant.

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