Excursion to Museum Nasional

            Grade 6 current UOI is Where we are in place and time. To enrich their knowledge of the unit, we decided to have a visit to Museum Nasional. Museum Nasional is an archeological, historical, ethnological, and geographical museum situated in Jalan Medan Merdeka Barat No.12, Gambir, Kota Jakarta Pusat, Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta. The museum is regarded as one of the most complete in Indonesia. The museum has preserved about 141,000 objects, ranged from prehistoric artifacts, to archeology, numismatics, ceramics, ethnography, history and geography collections. Our aim is to see how the evidences of the past were stored and how can it serve to give us information about the past civilization.

             Upon arrival, the guides welcomed us warmly and the students were divided into smaller group, so they could listen to the guide explanation better. The visit started on the 1st floor, where the guide took us to a tour to the past. A lot of evidences of the past civilization occupied the 1st floor. We could see a lot of inscriptions, statues and some other historical evidences. The students listened to the guide explanation very attentively. They were mesmerized all the artifacts displayed on each floor. The museum building itself consists of 4 floors. The most interesting part of the museum was the 4th floor. It is where the jewelries made from gold silver and other precious stones.

                The students were given a worksheet to fill in, the worksheet required them to write down any artifacts that they saw, found out where it was taken from, form which civilization did it relate and the meaning behind the creation. We witness the enthusiasm of the students as they roomed around the museum floors, exploring the artifacts, finding out any information they needed to know. . Sadly, some part of the museum was closed due to renovation. However, excursion has always been a very engaging learning activity for the students.

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