A site that offers key insights into the nation, the Jakarta History Museum is not to be missed on your visit to Indonesia’s capital and here’s more on what to expect.
This site can be found near Fatahillah Square in Kota, the old part of the city. It’s within easy reach of Bendungan Hilir apartments close to the Sudirman Central Business District (SCBD) including properties like Somerset Sudirman Jakarta. This attraction is also within walking distance from the Wayang Museum and Museum of Fine Art and Ceramics.
The building that houses the Jakarta History Museum is notable as well; originally dating to 1627, though renovated in the 18th century, this was the city hall (Stadhuis) of Batavia during the Dutch period. This colonial structure with its white exterior initially served administrative purposes, though local law courts also made use of it.
Featuring over 23,000 exhibits, the museum offers a fascinating journey of discovery covering aspects such as the prehistoric period, the founding of the city, Dutch colonisation and the nation’s independence. The exhibits are arranged chronologically and include pottery, carvings on wood and stone, maps, artwork, weapons, glass items and more.
The Jakarta History Museum features one of the world’s most complete colonial furniture collections ranging from the 16th to 18th centuries. Also of note are the huge painting of the 17th century siege of Batavia, the replica of the fifth century Tugu Inscription and basement prison cells where Indonesian freedom fighters were held.