I definitely recommend this museum to parents with children who are interested in armed forces..
Satria Mandala (Armed Forces) Museum is located on Jl. Gatot Subroto kav. 14-16, Jakarta Selatan 12710. It is quite easy to reach from any parts of Jakarta, and the parking area is spacious.
The entry fees are inexpensive, even if you want to take the whole extended family members (nephews, nieces, cousins, etc.).. ;-)
The galleries are wide and the collections are of good range. All the weapons are displayed inside, while the tanks and planes are outside.
The museum might not look fancy, but children will have a GREAT TIME there (and you will too), because.. all the original collections are safely put in glass boxes, and replicas are put as displays and children can touch them!
Leave it to the power of children's imagination, very soon you will be drawn into the past.. the time when Indonesia was fighting for independence.. ;-)
The only thing that parents need to keep in mind is that there is no eating place in the museum complex, apart from a few regular hawkers settled under the shaded area in the parking lot. There were mie ayam (chicken noodle), ketoprak (vermicelli, rice cake, bean sprouts and tofu in peanut sauce), siomay (dimsum in peanut sauce) and drinks.
While the food and drink are OK for snacks, they might not be filling enough as 'real' lunch. So, you might have to set the visit to allow sometime between the end of the visit and the time you need to get to your chosen place for lunch..
Ariq and Aza really love this museum. They keep asking for another visit! Below are pictures from our first visit last November..