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Jakarta History Museum

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Jakarta History Museum

The Jakarta History Museum is located in the Old Town of Jakarta. The museums main building was the old City Hall of Batavia built in 1710. It became the Jakarta History Museum in 1974, and its collection includes objects from the prehistory of the founding of Jayakarta, the Dutch colonisation and Indonesia’s Independence.

Jakarta History Museum has a collection includes objects from the Dutch East Indies Company, historic maps, paintings, ceramics, furniture, and archaeological artifacts from the prehistoric era. The collections are divided into several rooms such as:

  • Prehistoric Jakarta Room
  • Tarumanegara Room
  • Jayakarta Room
  • Fatahillah Room
  • Sultan Agung Room
  • MH Thamrin Room.

Exhibits of the Jakarta History Museum

  • Japanese Ceramic pot from the 17th century
  • A stone tablet showing a VOC vessel
  • Betawi-style furniture from the 17th to the 19th century
  • Replica of Tugu Inscription.

Jakarta History Museum

  • Museum:          Jakarta History Museum
  • Indonesian:      Museum Sejarah Jakarta
  • Also known as: Fatahillah Museum or Batavia Museum
  • City:                  Jakarta
  • Country:           Republic of Indonesia
  • Established:      1707
  • Type:                History museum
  • Location:          Jl Taman Fatahillah 1, Jakarta Barat, Jakarta, Indonesia


“Still water runs deep.”
– Indonesian Proverb


Photo Credits: 1) By Photo Dharma from Sadao, Thailand (001 General View of Museum) [CC BY 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons