"Majapahit Information Centre" Trowulan Things to Do Tip by theo1006
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When you arrive in Trowulan on the main road from Solo to Surabaya, best start by paying a visit to the Majapahit Information Centre or Pusat Informasi Majapahit. Apart from the interesting museum collection, here you can obtain an informative booklet (in Indonesian) on the Trowulan sites complete with a map. Then you can set out to view the historic remains spread out over several square km. We did not succeed in visiting them all, the booklet discusses even more than our tips.
The Information Centre started as a private initiative in 1926 by a Dutch architect and the then Javanese regent of Mojokerto. After WW II their modest museum was taken over by the archeological authority of East-Java province (Balai Pelestarian Peninggalan Purbakala Jawa Timur, BP3). In 1999 the museum was moved from its location on the main road to its present larger grounds. The former museum on the main road still serves as the office of the BP3.
The museum collection consists mainly of all kinds of artefacts from the Mojopahit area, displayed both inside the buildings and in the yard. These can be divided in four groups:
- terracotta artefacts, both for household and for building purposes;
- ceramics, originating from China, Thailand and Vietnam, with which countries Majapahit maintained commercial and political relations;
- artefacts of metal, like coins, lamps, bells, mirrors and musical instruments;
- stone artefacts, among which statues and bas-reliefs. Among these a statue from the Menakjinggo site.
The museum also has a reconstruction of a typical dwelling of the Majapahit area, and collection of prehistoric objects and fossils.
In the museum grounds south of the building can be seen the uncovered remains of a housing complex inhabited in the Majapahit area.
Entrance fee of the museum is nominal, unfortunately taking pictures inside is not allowed.
Address: Trowulan village, Trowulan district, Mojopahit regency.
Directions: At the crossing in the centre of Trowulan village, go south for about 1 km.
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