The Museum building is situated in the grand Fatahillah Square, also known as the Taman Fatahillah in Indonesian. This plaza was declared a Cultural Heritage in 1970 and was inaugurated as the centre for compilation, conservation and research for all items of cultural importance pertaining to the history of Jakarta. As soon as guests enter this impressive square, they are greeted by both the serene water fountain in the centre of the square, and the Si Jagur Cannon; an ornament believed by locals to bless women with greater virility. To tourists however, it is a fascinating commemorative piece of Portuguese design that truly captures the charm of Jakarta.
Once visitors enter the museum there are a host of itinerary to see; many of them collections from the Dutch East Indies Company, and formerly housed in the Wang Museum. Apart from the expected attractions such as paintings, ceramics and archaeological objects, the Jakarta Museum also holds a copious selection of various antique furniture’s; including pieces made in accordance to the Betawi style. These furnishings are relics of Jakarta’s traditions in furniture making, and would provide a very interesting looking glass through which tourists can enjoy the museums pieces. There are further attractions such as the duplicate Tugu inscription from the times of Great King Purnawarman, and a 16th century map of the Portuguese Padrao Monument. Many of these pieces delve far back into history, not only of Jakarta, but of Indonesia itself.
After perusing the many delights of the Museum and seeping in the culture of Jakarta, visitors, whether on business or vacation should seek accommodation at a Jakarta Hotel. This capital’s skyline is quickly developing, and many of the Hotel Jakarta include mesmerizing views of the Indonesian skyline, creating a modern ambiance emphasizing clean simplicity. No hotel emphasises this design ethic more than Alila Jakarta. Many of the rooms feature the National Museum as part of the scenery, along with other awe inspiring buildings such as the Presidential Palace and various historic landmarks.