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No need to worry if you want to take photographs with Jackie Chan, Michael Jackson, or famous heroes or presidents; just come to De Arca Statue Museum in Yogyakarta. There are heroes of all times as well as well-known figures, all residing in this place.

Updated on 16 September 2019

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Ticket Price (2018)
IDR 35,000 (Monday to Friday, 10AM - 3PM)
IDR 50,000 (Monday to Friday, 3 - 10PM)
IDR 60,000 (Monday to Sunday, 10AM - 10PM)
Free (children under 5 years old)

One way ticket to De Mata Trick Eyes Museum
IDR 90,000 (Monday to Friday, 10AM - 3PM)
IDR 100,000 (Monday to Friday, 3 - 10PM)
IDR 120,000 (Monday to Sunday, 10AM - 10PM)
Free (children under 5 years old)

Opening Hours
Monday to Sunday: 10AM - 10PM

One afternoon, YogYES continued its indoor adventure by visiting a museum located in XT-Square Traditional Market, Yogyakarta, namely De Arca Statue Museum. The first and the biggest statue museum in Indonesia, the museum was officially inaugurated in December 2014 and was located next to De Mata Trick Eye Museum. As the name suggests, this museum is home to a collection of statues of famous figures built in 1:1 scale. Like Madam Tussaud Wax Statue Museum, the statues created by a renowned Jogja artist, Dunadi, were made resembling the original figures with similar costumes and gestures. It is only that the statues are not made of wax, but of resin (the sap produced by certain plants) to adapt to the climate condition in Jogja.

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Overall, the museum consists of three zones: national figures, world presidents, and world figures. Entering the museum, YogYES was exactly at the zone of national figures and was welcomed by several war heroes. Cut Nyak Dhien, R. A. Kartini, General Soedirman, and several other heroes were seen sitting or standing comfortably. Meanwhile, at the end of the zone of national figures, the painting maestro, Affandi, also appeared as comfortable as the others. Wearing red T-shirt and sarong, he sat holding his smoking pipe. He seemed as if paying attention to every activity happening in the room.

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Leaving the zone of national figures, YogYES then went further to see the collections in the other zones. We stopped for a while in front of a Spiderman statue that looked unique and different from the rest. Instead of posing like ensnaring his enemy with his spiderweb, this Spiderman merely sat crossing his legs on top of a globe that appeared to be lumpy due to the heavy load it held up. Interestingly, he wore a blangkon (Javanese traditional headdress for men) complete with batik cloth covering his legs. The statue of the Javanese version of Spiderman was the one leading us to the zone of world presidents. In this zone, there were several well-known presidents, such as Megawati, B. J. Habibie, Queen Elizabeth II, and even Obama, seen standing gallantly.

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After taking photographs with the presidents, the zone of world figures has been waiting behind Mas Javanese Spiderman. In the zone, there are several statues of famous film characters, such as Hulk, Captain America, Thor, and several other famous figures who have always been talked about around the world, such as Cristiano Ronaldo, Jackie Chan, Michael Jackson, Hitler, and even Dalai Lama and Mother Theresa. In this zone, YogYES felt a different atmosphere compared to the previous zones. In addition to the wider room, the fountain in the center and the decorating white maple leaves are what made this zone feels comfortable. This zone is the one providing YogYES with an opportunity of meeting Albert Einstein and the crazy pirate, Captain Jack Sparrow.

Feeling satisfied after admiring and taking pictures with the world figures who currently "reside" in Indonesia, YogYES finally decided to finish the indoor adventure. The zone of world figures in the statue museum became a perfect closing. They are not alive, but they can at least help people, especially children, to know a bit closer the great figures behind past extraordinary events. This museum also allows many people to meet their idols.