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Issei and I are not museum fanatics, and yet our visit to the Sangiran Museum was exceptional.
We decided to visit Sangiran after spending several beautiful days on Pacitan beaches (Click HERE to find out more). We had to come back to Yogyakarta to solve some mechanical problems* but had to wait two days before our appointment at the garage. This was the perfect opportunity to visit Sangiran.
* Mechanical problems: Combilele’s favourite hobby! This time, he had an oil leak and carburettor problem.
HOW TO GET THERE
Not sure you would come from Pacitan! But in case, here is our story.
Pacitan is about 130 kilometres from Sangiran which means a day of driving with Combilele!
Never rely on the Google Map estimation, here 3h51 of driving, because the reality is very different !!
Our priority was to find engine oil that is usually sold in Gas Station. We decided to go to the nearest city which was Pacitan city. After quite a long and stressful way, we finally found one, and we could continue to Solo. I say almost because as soon as we arrived in Solo or also called Surakarta, it was the carburettor’s turn to make us pranks! Whenever Issei was driving very slowly or had to stop at a red traffic light, for example, the combi would turn off! Not that fun when you’re in a city full of red lights and traffic jams! So, to relieve him, we decided to take a detour and avoid downtown, which turned out to be a terrible idea !! Instead of red lights and traffic jams, we had road work and more than one hour of driving, but we got there!
Here is some information for you that probably came from Yogyakarta or Solo:
You have three choices, either you rent a car or a motorbike, or you take public transportation.
It’s pretty easy to find a car for rent for the day in Jogja or Solo for around 300.000IDR (20€). As always, make sure the car is in good condition before you sign any contract.
From Jogjakarta: There are around 77 kilometres and 3h00 driving (without traffic jam) to reach the museum. But no need to worry, the way is simple, and it’s almost only straight. Follow the direction of Prambanan and as soon as you are out of the city centre, follow “Klaten” or “Solo/Surakarta”. After that, you will reach the national road 15, where is only straight ahead! You will have to exit this way to take Solo-Purwodadi street and then turn right to enter Sangiran street.
From Solo: There are 20 kilometres, which is an hour driving as always if there is no traffic jam! The way is also easy to remember. Go out of Solo city centre to get into “Jalan Solo-Purwodadi” street. As you can see on the map, this street is the biggest part of the trip, and it’s only straight ahead. Then, do not forget to turn right to enter “Sangiran street” that will take you to the museum. Do not worry, and many big signs are on the way to show you when you have to turn.
For those who are adventurous, renting a motorbike is an option! However, I do not recommend it if you never drive a motorcycle before! If you came from Jogjakarta, please note that the big road D15 is full of trucks and crazy buses! So just imagine yourself on your motorbike on the road full of holes and with crazy bus and truck drivers overtaking you and these for few hours, but you are the one who decides!
If you are still interested in this option, you can rent a motorbike for around 70.000IDR (4.50€) for 24h. Follow the same instructions that for a car that I explained just above.
From Solo: It’s possible to go and back on the same day if and only if you start your day early! For this:
- You have to go to “Tirtonadi bus station” in Solo and take the bus “Solo-Purwodadi”. It will take around 30min and cost 7.500IDR to 10.000IDR (0.50€ – 0.60€) one way. I advise you to take an Online Ojek that you can order with the app Go-Jek to go to the bus station.
- Then, go out at the intersection named Kalijambe on your way to “Jalan Solo-Purwodadi”. Do not worry; you will see much sign of the museum at this intersection. Plus, tell the bus driver that you want to go to Sangiran Museum and he will drop you off at this junction.
- Once you are at the intersection, on your right you will see like a gate with written “Situs Sangiran”, it’s here that you need to go! From this entrance until the museum there are 4km through Sangiran Street. You can take an Ojek, or if you like walking, you can reach it within an hour.
From Jogjakarta: You might need to spend a night in Solo or near the Museum depending on the train schedule. There is different option depending on where you came from:
From Lempuyangan or Tugu Train Station: Take the train direction « Solo Balapan » and get off at Terminus Balapan Station. The trip might take around an hour and cost 50.000IDR (3,20€). At this station, catch a local train direction Semarang and get out at the second station called Salem Station. This time it will take around 20 minutes, and you will have to buy your ticket directly at the train station for 10.000 to 20.000IDR (around 1€). Once you are at Salem station, take a bus direction “Solo-Purwodadi” for 30min that cost 7.500IDR to 10.000IDR (0.50€-0.60€). Do not hesitate to say to the bus driver that you want to go to Sangiran Museum so that he can drop you at the intersection of Kalijambe. Once you are at this intersection, you almost arrive!! Only 4km left to get to the museum through Sangiran street. Take an Ojek or walk for an hour and here you are!!
From Giwangan Bus Station: Get into a bus direction Solo that cost 50.000IDR maximum (3.20€) and takes around 45min. Get off at the “Terminal Tirtonadi” where you will take the other bus called “Solo-Purwodadi” for 30min and cost 7.500IDR to 10.000IDR (0.50€ – 0.60€). Say to the bus driver that you want to go to Sangiran Museum and he will drop you off at Kalijambe intersection. Once you are at this intersection, you will see on your right a gate with written on it “Situs Sangiran”. Here is Sagiran Street that will take you to the Museum. Now you will have two options, either you want to take an Ojek, either you want to walk 4km to the Museum. The choice is on you!
Do not hesitate to read our article “Indonesian Transportation, Which One To Take!” to get more info about Train and bus schedule and Ojeks.
ENTERING THE MUSEUM
The entrance of the museum is pretty small, but you can easily spot it thanks to its two Mammoth tusks sculptures. There is a paying parking inside, 10.000IDR (0.64€) for a car and 5.000IRD (0.32€) for a motorbike.
The entrance fee is cheap compared to the treasure it contains:
- Price for locals : 5.000IDR – 0.30€
- Price for foreigners: 11.500IDR – 0.73€ (I told you it’s really cheap!)
- Price to watch the movie: 60.000IDR – 3.80€
The Museum is open from TUESDAY to SUNDAY from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm and it’s CLOSE EVERY MONDAY.
WHAT TO KNOW ABOUT THE MUSEUM
The current Sangiran Museum is very new, and it opened for the first time in December 2011 by the Ministry of Education and Culture. It takes place on a site of 56km2 in the Solo River Valley in Central Java.
There are 3 main halls:
- The first one offers information about the first men and animals that existed in Sangiran more than 1 million years ago
- The second gives more details on the different kinds of fossils found, and the research carried out on the Sangiran site.
- And the third one is the result of an excellent international collaboration to reproduce some scene from the everyday life of the Men of Sangiran. There are reproductions of the early humans and their activities such as hunting.
The Early Human Site of Sangiran been inscribed in the list of UNESCO World Heritage in 1996. But everything begins thanks to the German anthropologist Gustav von Koenigswald who arrived in Indonesia in 1934 and who discovered the first fossils of the Man of Java. Then in 1937, Franz Weidenreich, also a German anthropologist, joined the research on found fossils. Both have studied the evolution of Human and made it possible to discover the different stages of our evolution.
I stop in here in I let you discover the whole story when you visit the museum. But unfortunately, the museum is not 100% translated in English, so there will be some info that will escape you.
WHERE TO SLEEP
We had an exceptional night and worthy of the movie “Night at the Museum” !!
It all started when we arrived, not so many options were available to park and spend a night. So, we decided to try our luck and ask the security guards if we could spend the night on the parking lot as we want to visit the museum as early as possible the next day. You can imagine that no one before us, asked them this kind of request! At the beginning their reactions were pretty hesitated as always and then, they called the chief of the team. After a lengthy discussion and many questions, he agreed and accepted we spend the night there.
At 7 pm, one of the guards picks us up to introduce us to the evening shifts and chat with us. After an hour talking about the history of the museum around a hot tea, one of the guards proposes us to follow them during their night check. Lovingly, we accept with joy and are excited to discover a part of the museum at night! It was a magical moment to see this place full of history under the stars and in the darkness.
The next morning, we had the chance to access the Museum before the public opening hour, and we were the only one in the Museum! Everythings has been magical up to the moment of our departure where the uncomfortable situations happened!
That’s why I tell you our little secret that I am not allowed to! Indeed, at the end of our stay, the guards came to us to ask money for the night visit they offered to us the last evening, which we thought it was for free and they just offered it to us because they were nice. So, I think I have the right to tell you the full story as I paid for it!
This was just to tell you our experience, but here is some useful info about where to spend a night:
If you wish to stay in Solo, I advise you to find a hotel from AiryRooms. In fact, we discovered them recently and were satisfied with their services. They are present in different Indonesian cities, and they offer different types of rooms and therefore budgets. Their prices are between 8 to 15 € for their standard rooms equipped with AC, toilet set and mineral water. They have several hotels on Solo, here are three interesting addresses:
Airy Terminal Tirtonadi 280 : Jalan Ahmad Yani 280 N°280 Solo: Perfect if you plan to take the bus from Tirtonadi Bus Station to go to the Museum.
Airy Terminal Tirtonadi 80 : MT Haryono N°80, Manahan, Solo: Also close to Tirtonadi Terminal Bus Station but this one is a bit more luxury as there are a swimming pool and sports room for example.
Airy Stasiun Balapan : Jalan Natuna, N°4 Pasarlegi, Solo: Near from the train station if you came from Yogyakarta by train.
Notice that there are also different “Homestay” very close to the museum. I do not know the conditions of the rooms or the prices charged, but you can spend the night next to the museum without worries.
I hope you are now ready to discover the early human of Sangiran and that all of my information will be useful!
* All prices listed are from June 2017.
English is not our native tongue, so we are sorry for all of the grammatical error in this article. Thanks for your understanding.
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