5 Interesting Museums and Art Galleries in Maluku

5 Interesting Museums and Art Galleries in Maluku

You should visit these 5 interesting museums and art galleries in Maluku. Most of them used to be significant historical buildings on the Maluku Islands and on Pulau Neira in particular that now host to small and interesting museums. Nonetheless, the open hours of the museums in Maluku can be quite varied. Hence, you may well be necessary to simply knock on the door and wait for a reply.

Located on Ternate Island and completed at the very end of the 18th century, the Sultans palace is still used by the sultan. The palace functions as a home for his family as well as being home to a popular Maluku museum. Also noteworthy is Soasia town lying on the south-easterly coast of  Tidore Island. It serves as the home to a number of attractions, such as the Sonyine Malige Sultan’s Memorial Museum and its regal artifacts.

Here are the 5 interesting museums and art galleries in Maluku that you must pay a visit:

1. Siwa Lima Museum


Siwa Lima Museum is located on Ambon Island also standing in the capital of Ambon. Here, you can find a true cultural attraction and houses an extensive collection of both colonial and regional artifacts, collected and excavated from throughout Maluku Islands. Siwa Lima Museum consists of two separated buildings surrounded by some dazzling tropical gardens. Here, you can see beautiful tropical flowers and plants. Nearby are splendid panoramas across Ambon bay, as well as a charming Hindu Temple showing its tranquil atmosphere.

Address: Kota Ambon, Pulau Ambon, Maluku, Indonesia

Open hours: Monday to Friday – 08:00 to 16:00

Admission: charge

2. Sangar Budaya Seram Museum

Although Sangar Budaya Seram Museum may be a little on the small side of the city, it does contain plenty of interesting series of displays to savor and enjoy. Situated on Seram island and directly across from Amahai’s Ebenhaezer Church, the museum does offer intimate guided tours and the chance to learn about traditional Nau-ulul ceremonies. Here, you can observe closely the indigenous cultures of the native people of Maluku Island.

Address: Soahuku, Masohi, Pulau Seram, Maluku, Indonesia

Open hours: daily – 08:00 to 20:00, seasonal variations

Admission: charge

3. Sonyine Malige Sultan’s Memorial Museum


Close to both the white-washed fortresses of the Sultan’s palace and the 17th-century Spanish fortress known as Benteng Tohula, Sonyine Malige Sultan’s Memorial Museum boasting a number of valuable sultan treasures. These include a sedan chair, some large spittoons, and a royal crown decorated with cassowary feathers and believed by many to hold magical properties.

Address: Soasio, Pulau Tidore, Maluku, Indonesia

Open hours: by arrangement

Admission: charge

4. Rumah Budaya


Rumah Budaya serves as the main museum in Bandaneira, within Banda Islands of Maluku. It is famous for its brightly colored paintings and countless of miniature calendars. Here are some old maps and historical photographs still well preserved. All of them are well captioned in English.

Address: Jalan Gereja Tua, Bandaneira, Pulau Neira, Maluku, Indonesia

Open hours: by arrangement

Admission: charge

5. Keraton/Sultan’s Palace


This grand Sultan’s Palace still becomes a family residence of the King and his family. Dating back to the end of the 18th century, its appearance is now more colonial in style, following a series of renovation and restoration work over the years. This popular museum section is an integral part Sultans palace containing an unusual array of military memorabilia, such as Dutch and Portuguese helmets, swords, shields, and armors. There are also a number of important artifacts relating to the past sultan reigns, along with information about the Ternatean royal family’s genealogy. If you have a chance to come to this palace, be sure to check out the great views towards Halmahera island that are best enjoyed from the veranda above the palace.

Address: Kota Ternate, Pulau Ternate, Maluku, Indonesia

Tel: +62 0921 21166

Open hours: daily – 06:00 to 18:00

Admission: donations suggested

They are all 5 interesting museums and art galleries that you can visit during your stay in Maluku besides other tourist destinations available there. You will be glad to find a lot of precious Indonesian treasures kept in Maluku.

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