Making Your Backpacking Experience Even More Special

Find different sensation and experience in backpacking by exploring museums with many stories and histories in Jogja.

Updated on 19 November 2018

It is not a mistake to make a city with an enchanting hospitality a choice of destination for backpacking. The aura of smile radiating from the bustle of the city dubbed as the city of Gudeg becomes an inevitable magnet. Aside from the cheap price offered for almost everything, Jogja also keeps many historical stories you certainly don't want to miss. They are interesting to explore and will provide you with distinctive experience. Better still, the stories presented will help improve your knowledge and insight.

Backpacking is indeed exciting, even when you're going alone. With a minimum amount of money, backpack hanging on your back, and letting your feet go where the wind blows, the expectation of something new is hanging right before your eyes. However, what would it be if your backpacking destination is a museum? As we all have known, museums are not a common choice for tourism destination, especially for the backpackers. Don't get it wrong, some of the museums in Jogja indeed offer unexpected new experience in backpacking. Aside from the unique collections owned, museums with classical or antique architecture can be an interesting background for taking pictures.

1. Vredeburg Fort Museum

The museum is located in the heart of Jogja, at the zero kilometer neighborhoods to be precise. The museum, which was originally a fortress during the colonialism era, was built in Dutch architectural style. The building then became a place to keep the history of Indonesia in the form of dioramas telling stories about the struggle of the heroes in fighting against the colonialist. Besides, there are also collections of photographs, uniforms, and various heritages from both sides of the heroes and the colonialist, all lined in neat rows in the rooms inside.

2. Biology Museum UGM

Biology Museum Yogyakarta is very suitable to serve as a medium for learning, education, and improving knowledge about the existing flora and fauna. The collections include various preserved flora and fauna species. Most of them are Indonesian flora and fauna. Still, a number of collections granted by researchers from foreign countries are also included.

3. Batik Museum

One of the benefits of visiting Batik Museum is that you will be able to recognize and know more about batik. It keeps a numerous collection of batik from various regions in Indonesia. Various types of fabrics, batik motifs, and batik-making equipment are stored neatly. It will surely be the right reference if you wish to find out more about batik and its history.

4. Sonobudoyo Museum

You can say Sonobudoyo Museum is the time tunnel to the past. It is, indeed, because the collections stored in the museum are widely diverse and obtained from the past. There are various artifacts such as statues, ceramics, pottery, traditional weapons, keris (Indonesia's traditional dagger), and many more. The silent witnesses of the history of the past are here to find. Though some things can be found in history books, seeing and facing them in person will obviously make a difference. Visiting Sonobudoyo Museum will certainly be a new experience that feels more real.

5. Affandi Museum

Affandi was a very famous world maestro of contemporary painting. His works, mostly paintings, are neatly displayed in the museum gallery that used to be his residence. The exhibited heritage includes not only paintings but also other legacies such as the car he used to drive. In addition, the museum also includes other works from his family and colleagues. The unique shape of the building and the beautiful atmosphere become the special attraction of the museum, which is on the banks of the Gajah Wong River.

6. Ullen Sentalu Museum

Looking for a cool, beautiful, and natural museum atmosphere? You can stop by at Ullen Sentalu Museum. Various forms of Javanese culture, particularly those related to the royal family, are displayed here. With its unique architecture of building and interior combined with the shady natural atmosphere, Ullen Sentalu Museum is capable of offering a fun museum atmosphere unlike other museum in general.

7. Aerospace Museum

Bearing the official name of "Museum Dirgantara Mandala" (the word 'dirgantara' means 'aerospace'), the museum stores the history of air service and aviation in Indonesia. There are complete collections of the aviation world such as various kinds of aircraft, photographs, paintings, historical dioramas of the Indonesian Air Force, uniforms, plaque tributes, and many others.

8. Dr YAP Eye Hospital Museum

Most people would not expect that there is a museum inside Jogja's renowned Eye Hospital, dr. YAP Eye Hospital. The museum stores many collections of medical equipment from the legacy of dr. Yap Hong Tjoen and dr. Yap Kie Tiong, the founders of dr. YAP Eye Hospital. In addition, the history and life story documentations of dr. Yap neatly are also neatly stored inside the museum.