Attraction Jl. Pasar Ikan No.1 Jakarta Utara Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta 14440 Indonesia Published on: 13-11-2015
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Why Maritime Museum (Museum Bahari) is special ?
Near the entrance to Sunda Kelapa, several old VOC warehouses (dating back to 1652) have been converted into the Museum Bahari. This is a good place to learn about the city’s maritime history, and though the wonderful old buildings (some renovated) are echoingly empty there are some good information panels (in English and Bahasa Indonesia). Under the heavy wooden beams of the vast old storage premises are various random exhibits: a sextant (used for astronomical navigation), various traditional boats from around Indonesia, the shell of a giant clam, plenty of pickled fish and a lighthouse lamp or two. The sentry posts outside are part of the old city wall. Just before the entrance to the museum is a watchtower, built in 1839 to sight and direct traffic to the port. There are good views over the harbour, but opening hours are haphazard – ask for the caretaker if it is closed.
What to explore at Maritime Museum (Museum Bahari)?
Maritime Museum occupied two levels of building used as exhibition rooms from the total of three levels of floor in the building. Thes material used on the building dominated by wood. Large windows in the building functioned as ventilation, making the building has a good air circulation.
Maritime Museum has more than 1800 collections of many kinds of traditional boats from all the areas in Indonesia. Some of the traditional boats are Lancang Kuning boat from Riau, Jukung boat from Kalimantan, Phinisi boat from Bugis, Makasar, Kora-Kora boat from Maluku, Mayang boat from north beach of Java and Cadik Karere boat from Papua. Besides the boats, Maritime Museum has other collections like supporting facilities for sailing, ship models from 19th century, folklores of fisherman society, flora and fauna in the sea, Indonesian people sailing route, paintings of prominent figures in maritime, and other important information about nautical matters.
How to get to Maritime Museum (Museum Bahari)?
You could ride personal vehicle or taxi to get to Maritime Museum. As an alternative you could also ride Trans Jakarta Busway from first corridor, route of Blok M to Kota Tua. You need to get off at the last station, Kota Tua, and from there you ride a taxi, bajaj or bicycle ojek to Maritime Museum (called Museum Bahari in Bahasa Indonesia). Maritime Museum is about 2km away from Kota Tua Station.
- “Amazing educational experience”
- "Well maintained, nice place to go”
- “Good Collections of Old Dutch Era Maritime Ships”
- “Incredible museum about Indonesia's seafaring past.”
- “Good place to learn Indonesia's Maritime”
Jl. Pasar Ikan No.1 Jakarta Utara Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta 14440 Indonesia
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An interesting old Dutch building, huge rooms which appear to have little in them but despite that there is lots to see. Lots of very ornate and unique canoes & boats. Well worth a quick visit.
Sketchy walk to the museum through a really bad area, though the walk back was a bit safer (went a different way). We were the only ones at the museum. Large collection of antique ships, but very little care given to museum display or maintenance. The building itself is fascinating though.
Located in the slums with difficult access and poor lighting, the museum looks like a science project that was put together with great haste.
I highly recommend anyone even mildly interested in Maritime history to visit this museum. But really, its a highly informative exhibition outlining the rich history of maritime interactions