Have you ever wondered how people in the past travel from one place to another? Let's find the answer in Museum Angkut + Movie Star Studio.
There are 3 places of interest in this one location:
Let's explore them all :)
This transportation museum is located in Batu, Malang, East Java. It
claims to be the Asia's first and biggest museum on transportation, but
the real highlight is it uniquely displays various vehicles in several
movie sets theme. Hence, the displays are spread among several buildings
as well as outdoors.
Prior to exploring, there are a couple of things you should be aware of:
Once the park staff secured the ticket bracelet on our wrist, we will enter a three stories building.The first and second floor are open spaces where we will see various kinds of vehicles. There are many antique bicycles (I was surprised that electric bicycle was invented a long time ago), ancient horse carts and many classic cars, including the first model of car: the Ford T model. From the Ford T model to the brand new Hummer, we will find hundreds of classic cars in Museum Angkut.
Second floor of this building is displaying traditional vehicles such as becak, wheel cart, and rickshaw, as well as some interactive games about cars and airplanes. Several small airplanes are displayed on the roof of this building, hence, we have to take stairs to see them.
Once we go out from this building, we will walk in to the second stage of the museum: the movie sets display. The first set is the outdoor area that are decorated like the old town Batavia in 1800s. Thus, we will see cartwheels, becak and classic cars in front of the stores.
Next is the Gangster movie set, which represent Al Capoone’s golden days. Then the European movie set comprises Italy, German, France, London, and Buckingham palace. Finally, we will pass the Hollywood movie set.
Each movie set are decorated with a specific timeline and the vehicles displayed there represent the era. Hence, it’s a great place to take pictures. I guess that is why we have to pay additional ticket for each camera we bring.
Adjacent to Museum Angkut is a market called Pasar Apung (Floating Market). This place is on top of water. We can buy souvenirs and food here. Most of them are local, since Batu is a famous producer of snacks in East Java. The most interesting part is that some of the sellers are selling the foods from their boats! We even could borrow small boats available there and row them by ourselves.
In the center of Pasar Apung is a new museum called D’Topeng Kingdom. Topeng is an Indonesian word for mask. Mask dance is one of the famous Indonesian dances. As the name implies, this museum has huge collection of antique masks from all over Indonesia. Nowadays, the mask collection has reached more than 2,000 pieces and still counting! However, the collection of D'Topeng Kingdom is not limited to masks, since it is an Heritage Art Museum, where it displays various collections of Indonesia cultural heritage. Some of them are batik, wayang puppet, and keris.
Have you explored other museums in ExploreSunda.com? or other parks in Batu, Malang?