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Galeri Nasional Indonesia

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Galeri Nasional Indonesia—Indonesia’s National Art Museum—offers an excellent overview of the history of modern and contemporary art in Indonesia. Housed in a historic building in central Jakarta, this forms one of the city’s best museums, and it is free!

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The building itself, or correctly group of buildings sit on Jalan Medan Merdeka Timur opposite Gambir Station. The central single-storey Indies Empire style structure was built in 1817 as a private residence and was later converted into a school. Today it serves as a temporary exhibition space known as Gedung A (Building A). In 1902 an additional double-storey building which now houses the permanent exhibition (Gedung B) was added to extend the school. Today the institution comprises a number of single- double- and triple-storey historic and contemporary buildings, with galleries, offices, art conservation and restoration laboratory, the Library of Indonesia National Culture (which seemed to be non-operational on our visit) along with a gallery shop and cafe—both of which have sadly ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 1,200 words.)

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