Pura Mangkunegaran was built in 1757 by Raden Mas Said, better known as Prince Sambar Nyawa, after signing Salatiga Agrrement on March 13th. Raden Mas Said later became Prince Mangkoenagoro I. Mangkunegaran Palace consists of two main parts: pendowo (the pavilion) and dalem(the huse) that is flanked by the palace residence of the royal family. The interesting thing is the whole palace was made of round teak wood/Utub.
Pendopo is Joglo with four pillars ( main mast ) which is used for receptions and traditional Javanese dance performances. There is a set of gamelan named Kyai Kanyut Mesem. Gamelan wich is a large part of this complete still played on certain days to accompany traditional dance training. In the palace there Pringgitan, the space where the family receives officials. This room is also used to perform puppet. In the pringitan, there are several paintings by Basuki Abdullah, famous painter from Solo.
Dalem is also used to display various collections of valuable relics of artistic and high historical. There is a collection of traditional masks from various regions in Indonesia , ancient books from Majapahit and Mataram, a collection of a variety of gold jewelery and some collection of the portraits of Mangkunegoro.
Mangkunegaran also has a library called Rekso Pustoko. Collection of traditional masks from various regions in Indonesia, such as Solo, Yogyakarta, Cirebon, Madura and Bali. Also some collection of masks from China.
Visitors can obtain a wide range of gift and souvenir at Pare Anom art. Mangkunegaran open to the public every day at 9 am to 2 pm, Friday 9 am to 12 pm, Sunday at 9am to 2 p.m. There are also several collections of trains are used for traditional ceremonies.