Jakarta History Museum (Fatahillah Museum)

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Jakarta History Museum (Fatahillah Museum)

Jakarta History Museum (Fatahillah Museum)
3.5
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Also called the Museum of Old Batavia, Fatahillah Museum occupies the old town hall and contains artifacts, weapons and an old jail.
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David Smith
Puchong, Malaysia1 contribution
It`s amazing
Mar 2021
Located on Fatahillah Square. If you want to know about history in Jakarta, this museum is good. If you have free time, you can visit Wayang Museum and Museum of Fine Arts and Ceramics as well because they are not far away from Jakarta History Museum
Written October 16, 2021
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TheLastWanderer
Jakarta, Indonesia24 contributions
Great, underrated museum
Aug 2020 • Couples
A lovely little museum that introduces you to the city’s history - from Sunda Kelapa to Jayakarta to Batavia and finally Jakarta. While popular among Indonesians, very few expats seem to go here, which is a pity.

We asked if there was an English guide and were delighted to meet Lulu, who took us on a great tour of the entire premises. As a Jakarta local, her insights made the experience even more interesting! There is quite a lot of written information in English, so you can also wander around on your own.

Yes, the displays need some work and better aircon would help. But if you adjust your expectations and go with an open mind, you’ll have a good time! (Also, the ticket is only 5000 rupiyah.)
Written August 8, 2020
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June W
Singapore, Singapore112 contributions
History Lesson In A Glance
Jul 2019
We didn't know very much about the history of Jakarta although we had been to Indonesia a number of times. Although it seemed quite dated, I felt the museum was pretty comprehensive in giving visitors an idea of the historical timeline of Jakarta.
Written March 5, 2020
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Ratih Mirantih
Jakarta, Indonesia153 contributions
Place to learn Jakarta History
Feb 2020 • Solo
This museum was build by Dutch with purpose for Governor Office building during the colonial time called Stadhuis.
There is alot of collections inside. Painting, ceramics, incriptions, weapon, furniture, and many more.
We can learn Jakarta and history very details here. Every room has good explanations sign about the object and musuem collections.
Walking around from the first floor to the second floor to see the collections, next we also can continue to the back yard to see the underground prison (jail) where dutch put the crime and their enemy before execution in front of this building.
There is also interesting inscription at the back yard (pecah kulit inscription /broken skin inscription). The words written on old dutch language with story about peter died on 1722. Very impressing story of him because he and Indonesian people fight against the colonial and Dutch kill him by tie his legs and hands to four horses until the body and skin broken.
This museum was busy and crowded every weekend and public holiday.

Written February 24, 2020
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Annur K
Newberry, FL25 contributions
A disappointed museum
Feb 2020 • Friends
The museum is suffocated without any air circulation. There is not many art stuff on display . A very disappointed experience
Written February 4, 2020
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Neal P
Bozeman, United States16 contributions
If you have time to waste it okay.
Nov 2019
The entrance fee was USD .35 cents. That should set the stage a bit. You wander through the building looking at old outdated displays. The presentation of the history is jumbled and not very well done. We had a good time and don't regret our investment, just don't expect much.
Written February 3, 2020
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DipuKV
Pune, India1,009 contributions
Nice
Jan 2020
A good place for history buffs, Jakarta History Museum offers you a grand peek into the history of the city!
Written January 13, 2020
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Andrew Goh
Singapore, Singapore6,335 contributions
Poorly maintained!
Dec 2019 • Family
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, few hundred meters behind the port and warehouses of Sunda Kelapa. Originally called the Stadhuis, this building was the administrative headquarters of the Dutch East India Company, and later of the Dutch Government.
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Built in 1710 by Governor General van Riebeeck, this solid building hides below it notorious dungeons and filthy water prisons. Today, this museum displays the history of Jakarta from prehistoric days to the founding of the town of Jayakarta. 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. his 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.

Very disappointing that this museum is not well maintained. It is smelly and stuffy. Aircon is not working or not tuning on at all! However, window remains closed and trapping air created not ventilation espc Kay in this tropic weather! All the displays are able to be tougher by the visitors and really don’t enjoy the walk as it is crowded with with picture taking , touching the antiques and displays... many local people here for photo taking and not to read and understand the culture. Sadly this museum would become worst day by day. There would be no more history to tell with many others in the future.
Written December 25, 2019
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IMJASIM
Manchester, United Kingdom212 contributions
nice museum
Oct 2019
National museum Jakarta is a museum explainin the history of jakarta from colonial times under dutch rule to the present day. it is based in Old town Kota tua and is a wonderful museum to visit if you want to learn about the history of the city.
Written October 31, 2019
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Hokori-kun
Hollidaysburg, PA46 contributions
Good for history buffs
Sep 2019
We enjoyed the History Museum with the various displays of Jakarta history; particularly the colonial parts. It highlights the disparities between Dutch and native lifestyles as well as context of the colonial experience relative to modern Jakarta. Don't forget to go into the men's and women's prison cells.
Written October 15, 2019
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