Travel Diary: Inside Museum MACAN

The things I wished someone told me before I visit the museum:

– The best time to visit: weekday mornings

The hype is real. On weekends, people queued for hours to see Yayoi Kusama’s installation for max 45 seconds.

I didn’t want to queue like it’s Disneyland on a school holiday season, so I came on a Thursday morning, right after the opening time. The line only lasted less than 5 mins. Yeay.



– If you want to take good pics, this is the place. Seriously. It’s so cool in a minimalist way.

I saw a clothing line shooting their lookbook here. Also, you must’ve seen at least a dozen pictures of your friends in the same setting: a starry room (Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirrors Installation) wearing the same pose.



Anyway, when taking pictures, keep this in mind: don’t take too much time or you will disturb others who are there for the art. 


– There’s a shallow pool at Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirror exhibition.  

When it’s our turn to enter, a representative of the museum, held up a stopwatch and said, “your time is 45 seconds.”

As soon as she closed the door, it was magic. I felt like walking on a night sky with countless dreamy stars.


My next thought: how did she make it? Oohh! Look at the mirrors. I could see where it ended.

My friend Karina said, “Water!”

“Huh? Water? Where?” my shoes found the answer before my eyes. WTH. I found myself ankle deep in a pool.

We spent our first 30 seconds fussing on the water. The next 15 secs? We didn’t have time to enjoy lights and take a proper pic, so right after we go out, we queued again and entered separately this time. Haha.

45 secs still weren’t enough if you ask me.


– The museum may be small, but the stories behind the arts are interesting. Kindly ask the guides to explain. Trust me. You’ll learn something new.

There’s a reason why they put a certain painting in a certain section. The entire arts, aside from the sculpture garden, were placed to follow the history of Indonesia.

Near the entrance, you would see lots of paintings which are heavily influenced by European style. Seeing the paintings, you would understand how Indonesia, esp. Bali was seen by local and foreign eyes during colonialism.


Moving on to the next wall / next period (independence), the artists fired up the citizens’ nationalism as the country’s struggling to stay independent.

And that’s only half of the museum.



The next periods are just as interesting. (Look for Andy Warhol’s works while you’re there)





– Don’t bring any bag larger than a purse or you’ll have to leave it with a museum guard and carry around a card as if you’re accompanying your mom shopping at Ace Hardware.


– Eat before you came. There’s no food here. Only coffee. You don’t want to fill your empty stomach with coffee. (I heard the coffee’s good as it is brewed by the famous One-Fifteenth, but I’m not a coffee drinker, so I can’t judge)





Museum MACAN

(Musem of Modern and Contemporary Art in Nusantara)

Current exhibition: Art Turns. World Turns.

4 November 2017 – 18 March 2018

Opens on Tuesday – Sunday (10 AM – 7 PM)

Closes on Monday & National Holiday

Address: AKR Tower Level MM, Jalan Panjang No. 5
Kebon Jeruk, Jakarta Barat 11520, Indonesia
(search “AKR Tower” on Google Maps)
Ticket price: IDR 50,000
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