Located right next to the Bank Indonesia Museum, it is in an art deco building set up in 1929. As the Dutch Factorij Nederlandsche Handel Mastschsppij. Bank Mandiri was formed by the merger of several failed banks, and took over the entire two-storey building as a museum. It presents Indonesia’s banking as it was in the early 1930s – down to its antique furniture, ancient calculating machines, manual presses, and effigies of suited and booted Dutch executives. There are original Dutch banners at the Banking Affairs Division, effigies of security guards carrying single-shot early vintage rifles, and a large bronze statue of the Greek god Hermes at one end of the main hall.
Of particular interest is the safe deposit vault in the basement, with “gold” biscuits, as well as a cash room and individual lockers. A large, lovingly well-maintained ledger has a show-case all to itself.
A conference hall on the first floor and the Board Room next to it, have pictures of all previous CEOs of the bank. Facing the staircase are original stained glass windows that merit a close look. There is a section on Bank Mandiri souvenirs and another on antique crockery.
For the benefit of visitors, there is also a small restaurant, enlivened by free live music. Admission free.
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