Jakarta History Museum (Fatahillah Museum)

Jakarta History Museum (Fatahillah Museum)

Jakarta History Museum (Fatahillah Museum)
3.5
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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  • Melody
    Toronto, Canada91 contributions
    Worth checking out despite poor layout
    This museum has a lot of potential. Jakarta and Indonesia as a whole have such a rich and extensive history. Unfortunately, the layout of the exhibits was not chronological, and some artifacts did not have labels beside them to explain what they were. A few of the data graphs were low-resolution printouts found on the internet, and so they were quite blurry. Some of the photographs in a couple of the exhibits were laid out poorly high up, and so it was hard to read the accompanying information while straining your neck to look up. Despite its disorganization and poor layout, if you happen to be in Fatahillah Square, then I would recommend checking it out. It only costs 5000 IDR ($0.33 USD) to enter, and all the staff very extremely friendly and pleasant, greeting you as you went from room to room. I did learn a few new things about Jakarta that I did not know before.
    Visited January 2023
    Written January 21, 2023
  • StotheN
    Stockholm, Sweden547 contributions
    Recommended to visit for Jakarta history
    It is a bit of confusing maze inside and you keep crossing over other people's paths (people coming in, going to different rooms, etc) but the staff is excellent. They are friendly and so helpful. I spent an hour here actually and there is even more history in the square right outside this house. Do visit regardless.
    Visited March 2023
    Written April 24, 2023
  • mel7155
    Singapore, Singapore872 contributions
    Stuffy and meaningless artefacts in this museum.
    For a museum that is suppose to house the oldest multi-national company (VOC- Dutch East Indes Company), the museum is very poorly maintained and lack artifacts that are worth presenting . Firstly, the rooms are rather dilapidated and poorly ventilated. Agree that the entrance fee is only US$0.35 . Perhaps the low entrance fees prevents proper maintenance from taking place . Secondly, the artifacts are rather meaningless - everywhere in the museums there are tables, chairs and furniture that appears unique but commonly found in that part of the world . The narratives are also poorly presented and disjointed . Place is good for a 30minutes and a stopover if visiting the old town but it ought not to be The main reason why you go to that part of Jakarta .
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 2, 2023
  • TravelproA
    212 contributions
    NO AC! Sweating Profusely
    nice museum in old town of Jakarta, staff are nice, ticket is very good priced. the only thing is, this place has no AC in Jarkarta's 35C+ summer. and probably the only museum in Jakarta that has no air conditioning
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written September 12, 2023
  • AZCasualTraveler
    Mesa, Arizona1,893 contributions
    A Museum for Jakarta's Colorful History
    The Jakarta History Museum is located in a centuries old building that once served as a former city hall of the former Dutch colonial government. The Musuem contains a large collection of objects from the Dutch East Indies Company, historical maps, paintings, ceramics, furniture, and archeological objects from the prehistoric era. There are several different rooms in the Musuem thst display the various historical objects. Interesting Museum into the past history of Jakarta.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 16, 2023
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David Smith
Puchong, Malaysia1 contribution
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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mel7155
Singapore, Singapore872 contributions
Jul 2023 • Couples
For a museum that is suppose to house the oldest multi-national company (VOC- Dutch East Indes Company), the museum is very poorly maintained and lack artifacts that are worth presenting .

Firstly, the rooms are rather dilapidated and poorly ventilated. Agree that the entrance fee is only US$0.35 . Perhaps the low entrance fees prevents proper maintenance from taking place .

Secondly, the artifacts are rather meaningless - everywhere in the museums there are tables, chairs and furniture that appears unique but commonly found in that part of the world . The narratives are also poorly presented and disjointed .

Place is good for a 30minutes and a stopover if visiting the old town but it ought not to be The main reason why you go to that part of Jakarta .
Written July 2, 2023
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TheLastWanderer
Jakarta, Indonesia28 contributions
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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Neal P
Bozeman, United States16 contributions
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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TravelproA
212 contributions
Sep 2023 • Solo
nice museum in old town of Jakarta, staff are nice, ticket is very good priced. the only thing is, this place has no AC in Jarkarta's 35C+ summer. and probably the only museum in Jakarta that has no air conditioning
Written September 12, 2023
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Radja Sitanggang
Jakarta, Indonesia638 contributions
Feb 2019 • Friends
Jakarta history was started here, this museum located in Old Town ( Kota Tua) , Fatahillah Square, West Jakarta.Near to major tourist attractions such as Wayang Museum, Fine Art and Ceramic Museum and Post Office. Strategic place and easy to access, a step from Transjakarta Busway shelter and Jakarta Kota Station. The best time to visit is in the morning around 10 Am.
Written February 17, 2019
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dedyis
New Jersey767 contributions
Apr 2013 • Solo
Overall, they have very nice collection. From furnitures, any paintings, or other collections, they have very nice and historical items.

But unfortunatelly, they have to complete all details, such as some sign to some places/room, if they have furniture, they have to prepare any explanation.
Written April 22, 2013
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jajavalB
Lampang, Thailand2,732 contributions
Feb 2019 • Friends
This museum complex , onced Batavia city hall, is valued visiting with budget admission.exhibition is chronologically organised with old furnitures of colonial time. On the second floor , view of fatahillah square is also splendid.let learn about Jakarta history at this place.
Written February 10, 2019
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betheeful
Jakarta, Indonesia36 contributions
Jan 2013 • Family
Its always nice to visit historical sites, including this ex Dutchie style "gouverneurskantoor". The entrance fee is VERY cheap while in turn you can enrich your historical knowledge. Nowadays it becoming very popular for locals to take (pseudo) art pics in this site, mostly youngsters, so prepare to go elbow to elbow + noise pollution from their loud voices, if you visit on weekend.
If you love going in calm to savor each displayed items, best go on weekdays a.m when most locals are still busy with their daily errands. Do not miss moments on its backyard where you can sit on the bench admiring Hermes statue.

BTW, if you desperately need to go toilet in this area, go to Cafe Batavia next to this Museum since most of the time toilet provided in the museum are stinky & dirty.
Written February 20, 2013
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Jesdash
Jakarta, Indonesia2 contributions
Dec 2010 • Friends
It is a great place to learn about the history of Jakarta or Batavia and would be helpful for you to ask someone at the front desk (where you buy the admission ticket) to be your tour guide. He/ she will explain more detail things about the museum. Just give the tour guide IDR20000 at the end of the tour.
Written June 14, 2011
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