Pleasantly situated on the south shores of the Incredible Lake Toba, the TB Silalahi Center, which includes that the Batak Museum is a complex dedicated to the preservation of the cultural values of the indigenous cultural population of North Sumatra: the Bataks.
The complex itself is situated at Jl. Pagar Batu No.88 The complex is established by -and is called after- the dominant Batak character: Tiopan Bernhard Silalahi who has played an essential role in North Sumatra’s and Indonesia’s history.
In the heart of the complex stands Museum Batak with its modern Design, highlighted with a composite aluminum outside, conveying a futuristic feel to the traditional Gorgamotives.
Officially opened to the public since 18 January 2011, the museum is built on the concept that the ethnic Batak have known large cultural values since early times. This is proven by the fact that the Batak possess their own different writing and spoken language, they have traditional democratic principles of Dalihan Natolu, and also the use of passed down clan or family names. All these values are referred to as a deep culture that will always stay relevant and will dynamically adapt to changes. Besides this, the museum also acts as a unifying symbol of those different Batak clans, specifically: the Batak Toba, Batak Simalungun, Batak Mandailing, Batak Angkola, Batak Pakpak/Dairi, along with the Batak Karo.
The museum is divided into three stories having an open Space ground floor, which is an exhibition area for various authentic traditional Batak stone sculptures. At the 2nd floor, people are presented with a stunning view of the courtyard and Lake Toba. Additionally, a 7 meters bronze statue of Si Raja Batak or King of Batak stands gallantly because of personification of Batak conventional values. The figure is a particular icon of the museum portraying the physical characters of the Batak people.
Regions of the museum. That is where all the precious collections are exhibited, with one special emphasize on the’Ulos’, the age-old traditional Batak woven fabrics. The earliest ‘Ulos’ shown here is thought to be 500 years old. Ancient Batak’s scriptures, traditional weapons, various jewelry, farming equipment, and other ranges are also exhibited here in exceptional presentations. The earliest scripture that the memorial has dated back to the year 1800.
Museum Batak is considered one of the very modern Museums in Indonesia. The interpretation labels on each screen come in both Bahasa Indonesia and English with brief but clear explanations of the collection.
Within the vicinity of this TB Silalahi Center are also other fascinating attractions, such as the private museum of TB. Silalahi, the Huta Batak that is an outdoor museum constructed like a traditional Batak village Comprising three humans (houses) and three songs (storage arrangements ) The complex is also Completed with visitors’ facilities such as restaurants, cafeterias, and even an artwork shop.
Keyword: indigenous cultural population of North Sumatra