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Tarumanagara is the oldest kingdom in Java island with its territory along the west coast of Java island. Their socio-cultural was diverse which were created by the people who live in every region of Java. Their legacy is now preserved in the Jakarta History Museum which tell about the Tarumanagara indigenous knowledge. This study aims to identify the knowledge through the Jakarta History Museum collections. Museum studies approach was employed to identify the indigenous knowledge of Tarumanagara people. The findings show that behind the the Jakarta History Museum collections there are stories that represent the indigenous knowledge of the Tarumanagara people about natural textile dyes from leaves, handicrafts, writing media made of stone, metal, bone, and tree parts. It was also revealed from the study that Tarumanagara people were produced maps that illustrate their ability of land navigation.