The Batak Museum and the TB Silalahi Center by the Shores of Lake Toba
Pleasantly located on the south shores of the incredible Lake Toba, the TB Silalahi Center, which comprises The Batak Museum and The TB Silalahi Center is a complex dedicated to the preservation of their cultural values of the native the ethnic population of North Sumatra: Bataks. The complex itself is located in Jl. PagarBatu No.88 Silalahi Village, from the city of Balige, about 250 Km from Medan, capital of North Sumatera Province. The complex is created by -and is named later – the dominant Batak character! Tiopan Bernhard Silalahi that has played a significant role in North Sumatra’s and Indonesia’s history. He served as Minister for Government Bureaucratic Reform from 1993-1998 and is now Member of the President’s counseling board for military and surveillance.
In core complex stands the Museum of Batak majestically using its contemporary design, highlighted with a composite aluminum outside, conveying a modern Feel to the conventional Gorgamotives. Officially publicly accessible because of January 18, 2011, the Museum is built on the concept that the cultural Batak have known large cultural values since early times. That knows this the Batak have their very own unique writing and spoken language; they’ve traditional democratic fundamentals of DalihanNatolu and the usage of passed down clan or family names. Each one of these values is known as a profound culture which will invariably remain relevant and will quickly adjust to changes.
In addition to this, the museum also acts as a unifying symbol of the various The Batak clans, namely: Batak Toba, BatakSimalungun, BatakMandailing, BatakAngkola, BatakPakpak/Dairi, along with the BatakKaro. The Museum is divided into 3 storeys with an open area ground floor, which is an exhibition place for various authentic traditional Batak stone carvings. Ascending into the 2nd floor, visitors are presented with a spectacular view of the courtyard and Lake Toba. There, a 7 meters bronze statue of Si Raja Batak or King of Batak stands gallantly as a personification of all Batak traditional values.
The statue is a particular icon of the Museum depicting the physiological characters of the Batak people. The second and third floors are the central displaying regions of the museum. This is where all of the valuable collections are exhibited, with one particular highlight on the Ulos the age-old traditional Batak woven cloths. The earliest Ulos shown here’s said to be 500 years old. Ancient Batak’s religious text, conventional weapons, various jewelry, farming equipment, along with other collections will also be exhibited here in exceptional presentations. The earliest scripture that the museum has dates back to the year 1800. Inside the neighborhood of the TB Silalahi Center will also be other intriguing attractions like! The personal museum of tuberculosis.SIlalahi, the HutaBatak, which will be An outdoor museum built as a traditional Batak village comprising 3 rumahs and three sopos constituting average Batak houses, real scaled replicas of the RumahBolon along with The RumahBatak, a conference hall, and a swimming pool.