Wednesday, January 9, 2008


Jl. Taman Fatahillah no.1, Jakarta

Located in Taman Fatahillah square in the historic Old Jakarta area of Kota, the Jakarta Museum of History is set in Jakarta’s old cityhall, build in the early 18th Century. The building itself has a rich history, once office to the Dutch East India Company, once a judicial court where weddings were held, criminals prosecuted and prisoners detained.
In 1974, the museum was inaugurated as a center for the collection, conservation and research of all cultural artifacts related to the history of Jakarta, making in valuable location for community education. The collection, with 37 rooms of ornate antiquities and memorabilia, is a rich reflection of Jakarta’s Dutch, Portuguese, Chinese, and Indian influences. Among the unique items included is replica of the Tugu Inscription from the age of King Purnawarman, an important relic that determined that the center of the Kingdom of Tarumanegara was in fact located in the seaport of Tanjung Priok. A map from the 16th Century gives historical evidence of the age of the Sunda Kelapa Harbour. 17th Century maps and a bronze cannon mark the period of ‘Jayakarta’ and the beginning of the city.

Opening hours: everyday (except Monday) from 9am-2pm; Fri to11am; Sat to 11am; Sun to 3pm

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