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 Mandar Museum

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A. Overview

Do you want to see the historical importance of West Sulawesi directly? Mandar Museum is the right option to visit because it stores a wide collection of artifacts, historical objects, or others. The museum does not only provide any historical objects, but also typical objects of scientific.

At its first establishment, Mandar Museum was administratively located under the region of Mandar District, South Sulawesi province. However, since October 5, 2004, South Sulawesi province was expanded to create other region, namely West Sulawesi province. This expanding made the location status of this regional museum of South Sulawesi province changed to be included under the region of Majene District, West Sulawesi province.

The Regional Museum of Mandar or familiarly known as Mandar Museum was founded on August 2, 1984, as a result of decisions made in cultural seminar of Mandar held in Majene. The idea of ​​ founding museum was well received by all participants of the seminar, cultural historians, as well as by those authorities, including local government.

The local governments followed up the idea of ​​founding a museum that will serve as an information center as well as a storage center of historical objects. The museum was then built temporarily at the former building that was once used as a regent's official residence.

In addition, to support the realization of museum establishment, Mandar Museum Foundation was also formed by a number of historians, cultural observers, and community leaders in West Sulawesi. This foundation aimed to manage and develop, as well as to preserve the cultural objects. On its first establishment, the museum status was a private institution managed by a foundation.

Since 1989, the Mandar Museum management was taken over by local government, and so the status changed from private to regional museum, which means Mandar Museum officially became the property of local government dedicated to local community. In the same year, the location was moved from the old building to the new building that was once used as hospital. This is the location of Mandar Regional Museum up to the present.

B. Features

The collection of objects stored in Mandar Museum have reached more than 1,300 objects, including the collection of geology, geography, biology, ethnography, archeology, history, numismatic, heraldic, philology, ceramics, arts, as well as technology. Therefore, Mandar Museum does not only store historical objects, but also other typical objects of scientific. It also stores a collection of pottery, weaving, and some traditional handicrafts of Mandar.

Nevertheless, the most interesting collection from visitor's interest is a collection of artifacts, such as ancient stone, traditional weapon, ceramic, old plate, custom clothing, and various other ancient objects. The age of ancient objects was varied and some are predicted to have thousands of years old.

The artifacts were commonly found from some areas of West Sulawesi Province, including in Polewali Mandar, Majene, or Mamuju. The historians believe that many historical objects can still be found in various areas of the West Sulawesi. Therefore, the people who find them are advised to submit it to the museum so that it can be managed and become useful for public.

The storing of historical objects in Museum Mandar was intended to facilitate the public viewing through exhibits when they want to see their ancestral heritage. The founding of Mandar Museum was also intended as a central repository of historical and cultural objects in West Sulawesi for its strategic location and easily accessible by public.

In addition, the Mandar Museum building itself is also included as one of cultural heritage buildings. The building was formerly functioned as a hospital since the colonial Dutch East Indies period, which was built in 1900. The building remains the hallmark of Europe. This building contains the historical value and becomes the witness to important events occurred in the colonial era, as well as the time when the Mandar people helped fight for the independence of Indonesia.

C. Location

Mandar Museum is located at Jl. Raden Suradi or the former Majene Old Hospital building, Pangali-Ali, Banggae, Majene, West Sulawesi, Indonesia.

D. Access

To reach the museum is quite easy because it is located in the downtown of Majene district. The distance between Majene city and Mamuju city, the capital of West Sulawesi province, is about 144 kilometers. The location can be reached by public transports, such as bus, or private vehicles.

E. Ticket Prices

Visitors who want to enter Mandar Museum are free of charge. There is no ticket fee to stimulate public interest in order to visit the museum. The museum is daily open from 08.00 am until 16.00 pm.

F. Accommodation and Other Facilities

Mandar Museum is located in strategic location in the downtown of Majene City. Therefore, visitors can easily find some supporting facilities in the museum area, such as public toilet, bathroom, parking lot, places of worship, and much more. Various types of lodges and hotels are also available in the city, so the restaurants and souvenir centers too. (Iswara N Raditya)



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