This museum was built so as to document everything related with local culture, history and arts in North Sulawesi Province. Therefore, this museum has a complete collection of 10 categories e.g., geology, biology, ethnography, archeology, history, numismatics, philology, ceramology, arts and technology.
This state-own museum was officially opened on 9 January 1991 and up to now, it has collected 2,810 artifacts. From this figure, about 500 of them are displayed in the Exhibition Hall and can be seen every workday. These collections are collected from districts and municipalities in North Sulawesi such as Manado, Minahasa, Sangihe Talaud, Bolaang Mongondow and Gorontalo.
In this museum, visitors can see sakapeti or Portuguese war hat from Minahasa, kabela or a box for piper betel leafs from Bolaang Mongondow, clarinet (traditional music instrument played in groups orginated from Minahasa) and many more.
In addition, visitors can also see bride’s bed and clothings used during a traditional wedding ceremony, Rp. 10 note used during Japanese occupation, Dutch and Portuguese cannons and Chinese ceramics.
An interesting thing is that items like sero gantung or traditional fish nets are also displayed in this museum. From its building structure and design, this museum has a Minahasa traditional home architecture.
If you are tired of traveling around this building, you can sit on a stone seat under shady trees in its yard. It is a comfortable place to relax and see the beauty of Manado from this highland.
This museum is located on W.R. Supratman street no. 72 in Manado, North Sulawesi, phone. 0431-862685. It is situated in a strategic location and if you take a public transportation, you can get off in front of SMP Negeri 1 Manado.
This museum is accessible by city transportations such as mikrolet (minibus) and taxi. It will cost you only Rp. 2.000 (about 20 US cents) for each trip by public transportation. This museum opens from Monday through Thursday at 08.30-09.00 local time, Friday at 08.30-11.30, and Saturday at 09.00-14.00 WIB. It is closed during Sundays and national holidays.
If you have a limited to spend in North Sulawesi, this museum is a place you must visit. This three-story building has exhibition rooms displaying a complete collection of local historical and cultural items.
It has a big yard with an entrance gate made of steps to the Exhibition Hall. It also has signboards to show you directions to collections by floors. Visitors can see replicas and authentic items such as replica of a waruga or Minahasa coffin, replica of watu pinawetengan (megalithic stone), etc. This museum also has English guides who can take local and international visitors around.
For visitors who come with their children, it is suggested that they bring along their own food and drinks. You can take a rest under a shady tree in the museum yard while enjoying your meal.
Source: Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy, Republic Indonesia