The East Indies Museum began with a modest, but memorable old batik discovered in a market in Central Java. That single purchase sparked a quest to acquire even better examples, while stimulating interest in related art forms from the Malay and Indonesian archipelagos. Over the years a collection took shape, ultimately leading to the inception of this project.
The collection has numerous gaps, but more material will be added to the galleries each month. These new pieces will be introduced on the the New Additions page. The museum's aim is to help raise awareness to the extraordinary richness of the traditional arts from this fabled region. We hope you enjoy your visit.