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“One of the better historic landmarks in Yogya” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Museum Benteng Vredeburg

Museum Benteng Vredeburg
Jalan Jenderal Ahmed Yani 6, Yogyakarta 55121, Indonesia
+62-274-586934
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Ranked #29 of 64 Attractions in Yogyakarta
Type: History Museums, Museums
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Owner description: An old Dutch fort in Yogyakarta Centre, now a museum and office building
Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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“One of the better historic landmarks in Yogya”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2013

All historic sites in Yogya are a bit run down, but this one has something interesting. There's a synchronical series of dioramas, from which you can learn something how the Indonesian experience the Dutch occupation. A quiet place.

Small entry fee (less than 1 euro)
Spend a hour or so walking around, walk the walls.

Visited July 2013
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  • Dutch first
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English first
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“Another rundown museum”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2013 via mobile

The museum itself looked run downed, the exhibits are not interesting but the cafe looked really nice for a quick meal or drink. There are more local than foreign visitors here.

Visited August 2013
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“Eww”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2013 via mobile

I never really saw it inside but I used their toilet and it wasnt good... If you are going around maliboro street see if you can find another place if you have to go to the toilet. I like the gate though. :)

Visited July 2013
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Parramatta, Australia
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“Oh, the irony!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

Whether playing cowboys & Indians or cops & robbers, using cardboard boxes in the bush behind your house, forts are cool. In the real world visiting them you know you’re gonna see cannons, guns & towers overlooking fortified walls. Sieges & stories of battles like the Alamo made forts legendary places.

Fort Vredeburg has so much potential as a tourist attraction. It was built by the Dutch in 1765 mainly to protect the governor, the most important white man in the region. It has a fortification wall surrounding the complex, cannons, soldiers barracks, watch towers & even a moat! All the ingredients are there.

However, rather than focus on its historical value as a military instillation it currently houses a dull museum heavy on Indonesian Independence politics. This is presented in over 30 cartoon-like dioramas. Don’t get me wrong, some of these are pretty cool, but scenes of politicians having a meeting with other people in a building kind of kills the mood. I’d rather see a machine gun.

This could be so much more. A fort with such a visual presence in Yogyakarta is a valuable tourist asset. Unless you’re one of the goons who like running amok on the streets like raping women during the Jakarta riots or killing innocent people during East Timor’s independence vote you might fall asleep standing up.

I will admit the place is clean. The floors are polished & there are no flies inside which impresses me. For all the chest beating inside about how cruel the Dutch are, the price of freedom & how brave the independence fighters were the current Indonesian government aren’t much different, just ask those guys in jail in the prisons of Banda Aceh or West Papua, that’s the irony.

Visited February 2013
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“Boring”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2013

Other than the cafe and very dirty bathrooms, the only thing to see here was a 5 room exhibition about the history of Indonesia which was mostly in English and was displayed with several dioramas. The dioramas weren't too bad but it was like reading a history book, so boring. Perhaps it wouldn't be so bad if I had more interest in the subject.

Visited March 2013
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