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“good museum for old batavia destinations”

Museum Bank Indonesia
Ranked #4 of 276 things to do in Jakarta
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Once the first banks of Indonesia, now a museum of banking in Indonesia.
Reviewed January 9, 2014

nice and well displayed for indonesian and world money history, need more interactive and off building activities

Thank Herusa
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Reviewed January 8, 2014

Love the antique stuff they had. It's totally a hidden gem since not a lot of local knows its existence. The maintenance of this museum is very good so that when you got here, you always feel comfort.

Thank ChristineHidayat
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Reviewed January 7, 2014

As mentioned in the other reviews, the Museum of Bank Indonesia (MBI) is arguably one of the best museums in Jakarta. TCompared to its counterparts within the capital, the museum boasts informative exhibitions and dioramas, interactive displays complemented with optional audio guides. Considering that the museum has no entrance fee, it is definitely worth a visit. Below are the details listing the pros and cons of this historical attraction.


A LOT OF CONTENT & CLEAR DISPLAY - The museum is very informative. As all displays are written in English and Indonesian, it allows local and foreign tourists to enjoy the knowledge the museum has to offer. The Museum not only explains the Bank's historical background but ties it with Indonesia's economical and financial history from the 17th to the 21st century. There is also an interactive display at the end of the museum for kids which explains a lot of complex financial information in an easy and comprehensible manner.

AUDIO GUIDES! - For those who have more time, they can rent the audio guides (With 3 hours worth of content!). Prices are Rp.50,000 (~USD 5) for Adults and Rp.25,000 (~USD 2,50) for Students. (Applicable to students of any Country) The audio guides are available in 4 languages: English, Indonesian, Dutch and French

VALUE - As mentioned before, the museum is free. Audio guides are also charged at an affordable price.


AUDIO GUIDES - Although an attractive option, the audio guide faces some major glitches. It is programmed to detect sensors within each exhibit. You will find that the audio will abruptly change when you walk into a different room - making it difficult to enjoy other parts of the museum while listening to the guide.

Unlike other guides, there is no display on the device, making it difficult to type in audio numbers from various exhibits. This might be why the staff there actually discourage you from using the audio guide.

DISPLAYS CAN BE OVERWHELMING - The museum is packed with loud background sound effects, video displays and A LOT of text displays. This can be overwhelming. What's worse, it is difficult to watch the video displays because of the loud background noise that serves as part of the other interactive displays. Don't even get me started on trying listen to the audio guide.

OTHER FACILITIES - Sadly, the museum cafe requires a lot of work. Compared to the museum's exhibits, the cafe really falls short. It is located at an obscure corner in the building and requires you to go through an unused area in the building, which is badly kept and quite messy. The bright side is that this part of the museum is wheelchair accessible.

Overall, however, I'm still very happy with my experience and I look forward to coming back again. Since there is so much content, one visit is definitely not enough! I hope the museum continuous to improve and maintain its great exhibits.

1  Thank Clara D
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Reviewed December 31, 2013

Been there for a photoshoot so i did not really take notice of what detailed info inside.

One thing i can remember they have many collections of old big huge computers and type writers. Quite preserved and clean, worth to visit when you come to Jakarta and craving for histories. They also have many museums nearby, so its a one stop and take a walk for other museums. You can ask for kota tua (old cities) when using trans jakarta bus and you will find many old building which are abandoned, some transformed to clubs and hotel but mostly abandoned, also some museums.. Do visit kota tua when you a tourists from overseas.

Thank Allfreed
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Reviewed December 22, 2013

Nice, well-maintained, super informative museum with good collection arrangement. Well worth the traffic :)

Thank Amaia22
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