Huta Bolon Simanindo Museum is a former ancient king’s traditional house that has become a museum in Simanindo village, Samosir. To see it on the map, click here.
The museum performs Manortor traditional dancing regularly at 10.30 am each morning — assuming that enough tourists have shown up. The dancing done here is far more authentic than the tourist-oriented variety performed at guesthouses.
The museum is small, but a must if you are interested in understanding more about the incredibly fascinating Batak culture. It has a variety of collections of historical objects such as the swords used in the past to face the dangers. Then there are also some traditional agricultural tools as well as kitchenware and utensils.
Also, there are also some craft collections such as wooden statues, woven fabric (called ulos) in a variety of motives, sculptures, and arts. All of these are unique collections to see, let alone the fact that they come from the long history of Batak.
What to Enjoy
This museum stores various cultural relics of the Batak tribe, ranging from traditional clothing, jewelry, cooking utensils, weaving utensils, weaponry, Dutch and Chinese porcelain, to statues and carvings typical of Batak.
The collection looks neatly stored and well maintained, so you can get a picture of the life of the Toba Batak people. You can even see ancient manuscripts left by the ancestors of the Batak ethnic group.
What to Expect
Huta Bolon Simanindo Museum is open every day from 08:00 to 17:00. The entrance ticket is IDR 10,000 per person. But if you want to watch the Tortor show, you can pay IDR 50,000 per person.
What Visitors Say
“Must visit place during your stay in Samosir” Dyah Deli (Source)
“Very good private museum with good cultural expo of the Batak People” Malik Zaidi (Source)
“The traditional dance is not to be missed” Ryan Sia (Source)
“The crowd cheered loudly when they were invited to dance with the host who was holding a party. A joint dance is performed towards the end of the event.” Arum Mangkudisastro (Source)
“Inside the museum there are various kinds of collectibles from the ancestral heritage of the Batak people such as parlahaan, laklak libraries, single panaluan, solu bolon. Then there are also various kinds of household utensils to hunting, farming equipment and tools for traditional ceremonies, most of which I don’t know what their functions are.” backpacksejarah (Source)
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