I Am “Successfully Being Kicked” By Museums

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Have you ever wondered about what was going on in your country hundred years ago, even thousand years ago?

When you visit some historical places in your own country, do you care so much about the life in the past long before your grandparents, great grandparents were born? like when you see a big clock which sounds is indeed loud, what do you have in mind?

I think it’s amazing how people now are able to do the quantum leap and learn the life in the past through artifacts, books, documents, and oral testimony without any difficulties. Museums are everywhere. They give you the access to the past without having to ask you to “leap out” so forget about the TV series.

When I visit a new place, I usually put museums on my list to visit. I am not saying that visiting museum is my favorite activity when coming to a new place, but skipping this activity seems strange for me. Like I said Museums are the access to the past. Their only password is my ability to process all the info I gain from what I see in the museum. Then after the process, I am hoped to get new or better understanding about something I am so ignorant about that in the end, I finally manage to tell myself ( like note to self) or perhaps people who happen to ask me about the life in the past . And if I fail there is only one meaning to it:

My password is denied- schade

Alert Alert – something wrong with my brain for not being able to process the info.

As a result : I am being “kicked out” of the museum successfully, and friendlily. I left the museum with no info in my brain at all.

If I am so ignorant , it’s probably a big NO-NO to go back there again. If otherwise, I must go back there again, and learn more how to process info in my brain.

Well, some museums are just too boring to visit. And some are worth the second visit.

Is the one I visited with my friends in Jogja worth the second visit?

I so love the lamp post-It really shows Jogja

The non-so-eye-catching museum is located inside the Kerataon Palace Jogjakarta where Sri Sultan and his family live. Inside this small museum, which only uses the small house to display some of the souvenirs the previous Jogjakarta Sultans got from their best friends from far-off lands.

During my “time travel” there, I was welcomed by a friendly guide who works for the Sultan. He is thecurator of the palace who is usually called as “Abdi Dalem” – Private Servants of the Sultans. The souvenirs may not look so extravagant that you will find nothing special about them-it’s all up to you and your brain how you think of these souvenirs.

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The guide told me that the Jogjakarta Sultans have had good relationships with far-off lands since a long time ago- around 18oos. Some souvenirs were also from the United Kingdom, and some other countries. How lovely to know that we have had a good connection with you hundred years ago. Perhaps the life in the past is not much different than now. The only different is probably lies on the technology we are using now.

List of Sultans of Yogyakarta (1755-present)

No. Name Reign start Reign end Notes
1. Hamengkubuwono I February 13, 1755 March 24, 1792
2. Hamengkubuwono II April 2, 1792 June 20, 1812
3. Hamengkubuwono III June 28, 1812 November 3, 1814
4. Hamengkubuwono IV November 9, 1814 December 6, 1823 first reign
5. Hamengkubuwono V December 19, 1823 August 17, 1826 first reign
4. Hamengkubuwono IV August 17, 1826 January 2, 1828 second reign
5. Hamengkubuwono V January 17, 1828 June 5, 1855 second reign
6. Hamengkubuwono VI July 5, 1855 July 20, 1877
7. Hamengkubuwono VII December 22, 1877 January 29, 1921
8. Hamengkubuwono VIII February 8, 1921 October 22, 1939
9. Hamengkubuwono IX March 18, 1940 October 2, 1988
10. Hamengkubuwono X March 7, 1989 incumbent

From Wikipedia

Now back to the question whether it’s worth the second visit. I’d say yes! as the palace covers a wide area in which I only visited not even a half of it.

Are you into museums?

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11 responses to “I Am “Successfully Being Kicked” By Museums

  1. Lulu,
    We are so alike, I always put the museums as one of the must do list when I visit the place. I think it’s the easiest way to get the summerize info about the place. I like learning about the past- there were all those stories that inspire and motivate me. The museum that you visit with friends looks amazing. I wish I had a chance to go there someday.
    Have a nice day,

    • I have to quote your saying “I think it’s the easiest way to get the summerize info about the place” you spoke it aloud!Thanks
      We are indeed so alike, Tes.
      I hope someday Tes, you’ll never know. Life is full of surprises, and we human want the nice ones of course.
      Have a nice day there too,Tes

  2. Hey Lulu! Museums are okay, but I LOVE antique stores. They are museums in a way, but without so many “Do Not Touch” signs, and you can buy the artifacts!

    • Hehe speaking of “Do not Touch” signs, when I was in Germany,we went to a Chocolate Museum- schokolade museum in Cologne, and the signs are there too.
      A child was passing by some chocolate statues with a label on top that informed us the year the chocolate wa produced “since ( mentioning a year)” and also a warning “Do Not Touch”
      and my beloved told me “That girl was just asking her mother “does it also say the same in ….( mentioning the certain year when the chocolate was produced.)?” ”
      Hehe kinda funny!

  3. I’m a Museum addict too, it’s so nice to walk through a quiet museum and observing, smelling and touching (when this is possible of course without a ‘don’t touch’ sign) objects from another period of time. Visiting museums bring peace and relaxation to me. Great post Lulu!

    • Ya, especially in the chocolate museum I went to- what a smell!
      Thanks for sharing your insight!
      Happy weekend!

  4. I’m a big fan of museums – I tend to go alone because if I go with someone else (like my girlfriend) I end up taking too long… great post!

    • LOL! it seems that your girlfriend loves museums more than you do:P- two thumbs up.
      Thanks Joshua

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