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Radya Pustaka museum in Surakarta

Radya Pustaka museum in Surakarta - Travelling with family is not just merely go to the beach or to the mountains, but a visit to the museum is one alternative to a nice holiday. Of course in addition to entertain, go to the museum can also learn the history of the past that is very important for our children. One of the very nice museum to visit is Radya Pustaka museum that located in Solo, Jawa Tengah (Central Java province). Radya Pustaka museum is the oldest museum in Indonesia. In it are stored the various collections of ancient objects that have artistic and historical value is very high, such as stone and bronze statues of the Hindu-Buddhist era, ceramics, gamelan, wayang kulit, collections of keris and traditional weapons, etc. (N.B. : Surakarta = old name. Solo = new name.)

Collections of Radya Pustaka museum

The history of Radya Pustaka museum
Radya Pustaka museum was established during the reign of Pakubuwono IX namely by Patih Raden Adipati (Duke) Sosrodiningrat IV on October 28, 1890. The establishment of this museum is actually the first time at the home of a Dutch named Johannes Busselaar, then on January 1, 1913, was transferred to the building currently located, namely at Jalan (street) Slamet Riyadi - kota Solo (city).

Address of Radya Pustaka museum
Address of Radya Pustaka museum is on Jalan (street) Brigjen Slamet Riyadi no. 275 Sriwedari, kecamatan Laweyan (sub-district), kota Surakarta (city), Jawa Tengah (Central Java province), Indonesia - postcode 57 141
Phone: (+62) 271 712 306

The famous collections of Radya Pustaka museum
Radya Pustaka museum in Solo has a number of collections that are well known to historians. Among the famous collections include ancient books of essays by Pakubuwono IV entitled ''Wulang Reh'' which contains about the instructions of the government. Then there is also a book called ''Serat Rama'' essay by a poet of Surakarta palace named Yasadipura I. The book tells the story of the Ramayana epic. In addition to books, there are also famous collections in the form of a statue, i.e. statue of Kyai Rajamala. This statue in the form of a giant head made of wood works by Pakubuwono V himself. This statue is very historic because it is the decoration front of a ship that is used to pick up an empress who came from Madura.

Radya Pustaka museum in Surakarta

Theft at the Radya Pustaka museum - Solo
In 2007 revealed a major event in Radya Pustaka museum that is theft and forgery of some statues collection that done by the head of Radya Pustaka museum, KRH Darmodipuro or often called Mbah Hadi. The revelation of theft and forgery of museum collections originated from a student of the Cultural Sciences faculty from the Gadjah Mada University in Yogyakarta named Andrea Amborowatiningsih or fondly called Ambar. Ambar previously worked as an honorary at Department of Tourism, Art and Culture, Government of Surakarta. Initially, Ambar finds one collection of Chinese ceramics plate is not in place. Ambar then reports to the head of Radya Pustaka museum, KRH Darmodipuro. But he said that it was not lost. And sure enough, a few days later and then the plate was already in place again. Ambar sure that the plate was not the original, but has been replaced with counterfeit goods. An Awkward incident like this takes place several times, finally, Ambar reports it to her lecturer at Gadjah Mada University. From there, her lecturer followed up with a report to the Balai Pelestarian Peninggalan Purbakala (BP3)/Archaeological Heritage Preservation of Central Java. BP3 then shared Solo police conducted an investigation and it turns out there are several statues of the museum's collection has been falsified. From the results of further investigation police arrested KRH Darmodipuro (the head of Radya Pustaka museum), Suparjo alias Gatot (a security guard at museum), Jarwadi (an officer keeping of museum), and Heru Suryanto (a realtor antiques) were allegedly involved in cases of theft and forgery of the objects in the museum.

From a further search, police found the five statues belong Radya Pustaka museum were falsified by KRH Darmodipuro in the  Hashim Djojohadikusomo's home. Five stone statues are Mahakala, Durga Mahesa Suramardhini, Durga Mahesa Suramardhini II, Ciwa Maha Dewa, and Agastya (Siwa Maha Guru). Hashim is the son of Indonesia's economic begawan, Soemitro Djojohadikusomo and younger brother of the former general commander of Kopassus, Prabowo Subiyanto. Hashim is known as a collector of historical art from Indonesia. According to Fadli Zon, Hashim often purchases a variety of historic artworks from Indonesia who are outside the country and then brought them to Indonesia for safe keeping. Five statues found, based on his confession came from an art dealer and consultant who once worked at Christie's Amsterdam named Dr. Hugo Kreijger. Hashim get them through the purchase of legitimate and legal. Hashim said, before buying these statues, Hugo Kreijger said that the statues belonged Surakarta palace which will be sold to foreign countries, complete with a letter signed by Hugo Kreijger and Sri Susuhunan Pakubuwono XIII (PB XIII) Hanggabehi.

Opening hours of the Radya Pustaka museum
Radya Pustaka museum is open from Tuesday to Sunday
Monday: OFF
Tuesday - Sunday: 08:30 am to 02:00 pm
Special Friday: 08:30 am to 11:30 am
Regular admission price to Radya Pustaka museum: IDR 5,000

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