This is a surprisingly interesting and well done museum, and its located right next to Taman Fatahillah, where there are plenty of other great things to do so that you can justify the trip by a full day enjoying old Jakarta. The museum is not huge but there's plenty to see. It's both surprising and enlightening how effectively it lays out Jakarta's tumultuous and cosmopolitan history through its currency. Having been in Jakarta at the time, I particularly enjoyed the museum's presentation of the 1998 economic and social crisis -- the museum basically presents an overall feeling of panic, just like it was then. It also has a nice, dry commentary on the response to the newly independent country's liquidity crisis, when the head of the bank issued scissors to let officials cut the currency in half, thus doubling the money supply and making people buy government bonds with half of t. If only the IMF had thought of that trick later. Nearly as interesting as the exhibits is the beautifully restored building itself, whose lovely architecture shows where the Dutch colonist's hearts and souls could be found.
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