Jakarta History Museum

Attraction Jalan Taman Fatahillah No.1 Kota Jakarta Barat DKI Jakarta 11110 Indonesia Published on: 13-11-2015

2 hours
09:00 AM - 03:00 PM
09:00 AM
11:00 AM
Second-time visit
0.20 USD

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The Jakarta History Museum (also known as Fatahillah Museum) is housed in the former City Hall located in the old part of the city now known as Jakarta Kota

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Why Jakarta History Museum is special ?

Originally called the Stadhuis, this building was the administrative headquarters of the Dutch East India Company, and later of the Dutch Government. Built in 1710 by Governor General van Riebeeck, this solid building hides below it notorious dungeons and filthy water prisons. Most prisoners, both Dutch rebels and Indonesian “natives” were publicly flogged, barbarically impaled and executed on the square called the Stadhuisplein--now known as Fatihillah Square--while the Dutch overlords looked down superciliously on the proceedings below from the portico and windows above.

Indonesia’s freedom fighter Javanese Prince Diponegoro, who was treacherously arrested, was imprisoned here in 1830 before being banished to Manado in North Sulawesi. Another freedom fighter earlier imprisoned here around 1670 was Untung Suropati from East Java.

In the center of the square is a fountain which served as water supply for the colonial capital, Batavia, while to its north is a Portuguese cannon, believed to be a font of fertility.

Today, the Jakarta History Museum displays the history of Jakarta from prehistoric days to the founding of the town of Jayakarta in1527 by Prince Fatahillah of Banten, and through Dutch colonization from the 16th. century onwards until Indonesia’s Independence in 1945.

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What to explore at Jakarta History Museum?

The collection includes a replica of the Tugu Inscription that dates back to the 5th century under the reign of the great King Purnawarman, evidence that the center of the Tarumanegara kingdom was located around the present day seaport of Tanjung Priok.

Further historical evidence of thriving Sunda Kelapa Harbour is a 16th. century map and replica of the 1522 Padrao monument, commemorating the friendship treaty between the Portuguese and the Sunda kingdom. Furthermore, maps and drawings show the establishment of the City of Jayakarta in 1527 by Prince Fatahillah. While the rich collection of Betawi and Colonial style furniture dating to the 17th, 18th and 19th century belongs to one of the most complete in the world. This collection reflects the influences of various cultural elements on the City of Batavia, namely from Europe, especially from the Netherlands, from China and India as well as from Indonesia itself.

And to bring more life and activities to the Old Batavia square, today the Jakarta Government has organized regular attractions involving local communities and their cultures. On Sundays, shows are performed presenting the Zapin dance, a combination of Betawi and Middle Eastern influences, the Barongsai Chinese lion dance, the Portuguese influenced keroncong music, the typical Betawi Tanjidor music, batik fashion shows, vintage cars parades, food and souvenirs and fireworks.

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How to get to Jakarta History Museum?

To reach Jakarta History Museum you could ride a taxi or public transportation, like busway. If you choose to ride busway, please ride the first corridor busway with Blok M to Kota Tua(Old City) route. You need to get off at the Kota Tua Terminal which is the last terminal where the busway will stop before go back to Blok M. You could reach Jakarta History Museum by walk from the terminal, since the distance is only about 300 meters, or you could ride a bicycle which local people call as bicycle ojek.

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Selling points

  • “A silent witness to its own exploitation”
  • “Great. Underestimated place and area.”
  • “Great historical building..”
  • “Educational and Fun!”
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  • The location of Jakarta History Museum is near to Wayang Museum, Fine Art and Ceramic Museum and Batavia Cafe which are also interesting places to visit.
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  • Bank Mandiri Museum and Bank Indonesia Museum located at the cross of busway terminal, about 300 meters away from Jakarta History Museum. If you are interested in Indonesian money and banking history, then you should visit these museums. You might want to enjoy the Kota Tua Station for the unique inside the station, and seeing the activities inside.
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The Jakarta History Museum (Museum Sejarah Jakarta), which is also known as Fatahillah Museum or Batavia Museum, is located in the Old Town of Jakarta, Indonesia. The building was built in 1710.

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The Jakarta History Museum (Fatahillah Museum) is housed in the former City Hall located in the old part of the city now known as Jakarta Kota, some hundred meters behind the port of Sunda Kelapa.

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Tempat asik buat hangout pas liburan.Tiket masuk murah.Tapi sayang kebersihannya gak terawat.

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The museum has more than 23,500 artifacts from the 17th to 19th centuries but perhaps the most famous is the canon in the square. Rub its metal hand motif and fertility is assured. So legend has it.

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Indonesians should visit this place more often. I like the fact that aside from the museum, they have people dressed up as mascots and statues that give more entertainment to the visitors. When visiting inside the museum, you are to wear the slippers that they will provide - own footwear is not allowed inside. Great place to learn more about Jakarta and its history.

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It is a shame that besides some tv ads on regional cable tv stations, the government does not do a lot to promote the old Batavia area. This is the old city part of north Jakarta. Neglected by most tourists visiting Indonesia, you will mostly find local elementary school kids visiting the museum.Which is a shame. I try to go there every month or so. Ok, it can be annoying to be asked for autographs by hundreds of young kids (it seems to be a class assignment, just like 'in-depth' interviews as 'what do you like about Indonesia?'). But the building makes up for it. And that for only a 2.000 rupiah entrance fee.

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For almost a quarter-millennium this was the Dutch Stadhuis. Don't expect a first rate museum. The big draw here is walking around in one of the finest colonial buildings in Indonesia. Some stunning furniture has been arranged in the various rooms, and some interesting other artifacts pertaining to the history of the city are scattered here and there: a mural and a portrait of the most famous (or infamous) Dutch governor, Jan Pieterzoom Coen, a 250-year-old teak mimbar (pulpit) from a local mosque, some ancient stones with Pahlavi inscriptions, a model of a Portuguese nao, and so on (see photos). But the main draw is the interior of the building itself. A nice addition to a tour around Taman Fatahillah. Should not take more than 30 minutes to ser everything. Two tips: taksi drivers may draw a blank if you ask them to take you to the Jakarta history museum. Tell them Fatahillah Museum. And be advised in entry you'll be handed a bag with a pair of flip flops in it. You need to wear them and carry your own shoes in the bag until you leave.

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there is a lots historical story has been witnessed in this museum its storied about Jakarta old stories The building was built in 1710 as the Stadhuis (city hall) of Batavia

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The museum has more than 23,500 artifacts from the 17th to 19th centuries but perhaps the most famous is the canon in the square. Rub its metal hand motif and fertility is assured. So legend has it.

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