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Museum Negeri Propinsi Sulawesi Utara
The museum Negeri Propinsi Sulawesi Utara or North Sulawesi Provincial Museum was established on 9 January 1991. The museum has 2,810 collections, not only from Manado and Minahasa but also from other regions in north Sulawesi such as Sangihe, Talaud, Sitaro, Minahasa, Bolaang Mongondow, and Gorontalo.
Their collections are divided into 10 classifications: Geological, Biological, Ethnographical, Archaeological, Historical, Philological, Ceramological, Arts, and Technological collections.
There are also collections of European ceramics, secondary burial pot, silver plate which was a gift from a governor of Moluccas to a king of Kendahe Kingdom on 26 August 1688, as well as collections of weaving tool, old manuscripts, ancient cannon, sea-shell musical instruments, local paintings and many other things.
Location: Jl. W.R. Supratman No. 72
Telephone: (+62 431) 862685
Operating hours: Monday-Thursday, 8.30am-3.30pm, Friday, 8.am-11.30am, Saturday, 9am-2pm. Closed on Sunday and public holidays.
Admission charges: a box next to its guest book for visitors voluntary donation (they called it for cleaning charge)
Facilities: toilets, canteen, English speaking guide
How to get there: from Pasar 45, take a mikrolet to Banjer (as written on mikrolet's windscreen) and tell the driver to drop you off at this museum (fare: Rp. 2,300)
Remarks: clean and adequately maintained, though some displays are not lighted. July is their busiest month because often students visit the museum during their holiday. Taking photos allowed.
Museum Perjuangan Santiago
A small military museum that displays a collection of weaponry, ancient canons and other military equipments.
Location: Jl. Bethesda (near North Sulawesi police head quarter)
How to get there: from south end of Boulevard (near Bahu mall), walk for about 500 meters (547 yards) along Jalan Bethesda and it will be on the left side of the road.
Remarks: unless you have nothing else to see or to do and you are bored in Manado, then you might have a look at this one.
A little "museum" displays a collection of artefacts saved from the Waruga tombs. Arriving visitors will usually go straight to the tombs before then are met by a local guide. This guide will then bring visitors to this museum.
After looking the collections in this room-size museum, you will be "guided" to fill in a guestbook and to give donations (it's up to you how much you would like to donate).
The Queen of the Netherlands Beatrix and her late husband Prince Claus visited the Waruga tombs and this museum in 1995. Photos of their visit are also displayed.
Location: Sawangan Village, about 25 km (15.5 miles) from both Manado or Bitung, 20 km (12.4 mi) from Tondano
Operating hours: daily, 6am - 6pm, expect late opening on Sunday (around 11am)
Admission charges: voluntary donation
Facilities: souvenir shops (currently close and expect to be opened again in early 2009), toilets, English speaking guides
How to get there: by taxi (fare: non-meter around Rp. 100,000-Rp. 150,000 one way) or own transportation; by public transport, take "mikrolet" to Paal 2 terminal (fare: Rp. 2,300) then continue by bus that goes to Air Madidi or Bitung direction, inform the bus driver or his assistant that you want to go to Waruga (fare: Rp. 7,800 up to Bitung). After getting off, the easiest and fastest is taking a few minutes ride on "ojek" to Waruga (fare: around Rp. 4,000 one way).
Remarks: One of the interesting places to visit in Manado/Minahasa.