The Bengkulu Museum

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The Museum of a city is most often an inextricable part of the city’s history and culture. As a province and city once colonized by the British, Bengkulu holds the heritage of various cultures and nations combined in one place. Here in The Bengkulu Museum, we find a vast collection of objects, images, audios and ancient texts. Each, a timeless piece of eras gone by; a preserved moment from a fascinating history; a story of a time long since passed.


Ancient Sanskrit manuscripts from pre-colonial times, Bengkulu’s unique Bersurek cloths with their Arabic calligraphy motifs, and artifacts of the time when Bengkulu was a British colony, can be found here.


The Bengkulu Museum was first founded in 1978, though it only became fully functional in 1980. It was originally housed in what was once Fort Marlborough, a fort built by the British in the early 18th century. Three years later, the museum was moved to a new building that was considered to be more efficient and better located.


Occupying an area of nearly 10,000 square meters, the museum currently consists of two main exhibition halls; the permanent exhibition and the temporary exhibition. The two galleries are dedicated to a collection of over 6,200 relics which are classed into 10 different categories. These include geology, biology, ethnography, history, technology, fine arts and more. Nearly half of this collection is classified under the ethnography category, which is to say, the study of culture. These cultural artifacts are objects of everyday life, such as traditional woven fabrics, ceremonial items and weapons. Some of these are still manufactured today, while others are obsolete and are no longer in use.


The museum is open to the public from Tuesday till Sunday at 08:00 until 13:00.

It is closed on Monday.

The Museum of Bengkulu Province
Jalan Pembangunan No. 8, Padang Harapan

Kecamatan Gading Cempaka, Bengkulu 38223
Tel . : +62 736 22 098
Fax . : + 62 736 28 550


To Stay, To Do

Hotel Santika is located in the Sawah Lebar District, an ideal location for visiting the city’s other attractions of Soekarno’s home, Marlborough Fort and Bengkulu’s beautiful Panjang Beach. Smoking and non-smoking rooms are available, each including the usual amenities. Hotel facilities include an indoor swimming pool, a ballroom with a 500 person capacity, Fitness center, Restaurant and Spa.

Address: Jalan Raya Jati No. 45, Sawah Lebar, Bengkulu

Phone: (62-736) 25858




Splash Hotel is Bengkulu’s leading business hotel. It is ideally located just 6 km from Fatmawati airport, and is close to select destinations throughout the city. Facilities include a restaurant, lounge, business center, meeting rooms and hotspots around the hotel.

Address: Jl. Sudirman No. 48 Bengkulu Indonesia

Phone: 62 - 0736-23333




Grage Horizon Hotel is located beside Long Beach, just 20 minutes from the airport and close to the city center, making it ideal for both business and leisure visitors. Grage hotel comprises of 58 rooms of 6 different types to suit your varying needs. Hotel facilities include a restaurant, swimming pool, meeting room and ballroom.

Address: Jalan Pantai Nala 142 Anggut Bawah Bengkulu-Indonesia

Phone: 62 – 736-21722/22072


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Getting There and Around

Get There

Fatmawati Airport in Bengkulu is a domestic airport, serving only Jakarta and Batam.


The Bengkulu Museum is easily accessible to all visitors via rental car or public transport. It is located just 9 kilometers from the airport, 19 kilometers from the port, or 3 kilometers from the bus terminal.