T.B. Silalahi Batak Museum (also called T.B. Silalahi Center) is a museum complex built and owned by General T.B. Silahali, where there are two museums and restaurants. The first museum is on Batak history and culture, and the second is about the general himself. It is on Jalan Pagar Batu, Balige, Toba Samosir, about 30 minutes from Silangit Airport. To see it on the map, click here.
T.B. Silalahi Batak Museum is the biggest Batak museum in the world. Inside the museum are stored approximately 1,000 collections of Batak cultural artifacts and historical relics from 6 Batak sub-tribes, namely: Karo, Toba, Simalungun, Pakpak, Angkola, and Mandailing. They include various forms of relics including weapons, clothes, household equipment, arts and crafts from each sub-tribe. Examples of weapons are hujur (spear), podang (sword), piso (knife), sior (arrow and bow), ultop (chopsticks), and bodi (rifle). The collections are as follows: indoor: 1,010 items, outdoor: 49 items.
The second museum called Footprints of T.B. Silalahi has the following compilations: indoor: 2,648 items, outdoor: 5 items. They showcase the military and public life of the general. He once served as the Minister of Administrative Reform to President Suharto (1993-1998).
What to Expect
There are a cafeteria and a sky restaurant that serves traditional and modern cuisine. Museum opening hours: Monday – Friday: 08 am – 5 pm; Saturday – Sunday: 8 am- 6 pm; National holidays: 8 am- 6 pm.
Entrance fees: Adult: Rp 5,000 ($0.40); Children: Rp 3,000 ($0.22); Foreign tourists: Rp 50,000 ($4).