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Danar Hadi Batik Museum

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The Danar Hadi Batik Museum, established by the owner of the Danar Hadi batik company, has an exquisite collection of antique batik materials, and we’d say a visit here is a highlight of a visit to Solo—even more so than the palaces.

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Situated behind what looks like a typical upmarket batik boutique, the museum is a sample of the personal collection of the owner. Our extremely knowledgable guide explained that the collections are periodically swapped out so no two visits are exactly the same.

Unassuming street frontage. Photo taken in or around Danar Hadi Batik Museum , Solo, Indonesia by Stuart McDonald.

Unassuming street frontage. Photo: Stuart McDonald

A word on visiting the museum. You’re not permitted to enter the museum unattended, instead you’ll be accompanied through by an English speaking guide—this is excellent as we found the guiding to be of a superior standard and not one of our many questions went unanswered. However, there is also no photography allowed. We begged and still were told no. You are allowed to take photos in the small workshop, but in the museum itself, no photos. Lastly, no touching—unless the guide explicitly allows it, you are not allowed to touch any of ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 500 words.)

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