Museum Sejarah Jakarta
The old town of Batavia, now known as Kota, was once the hub of Dutch colonial Indonesia. Much of the one-time grandeur has now rotted,...
This puppet museum has one of the best collections of wayang puppets in Java and its dusty cabinets are full of a multitude of...
Balai Seni Rupa
Built between 1866 and 1870, the former Palace of Justice building is now a Fine Arts Museum. It houses contemporary paintings with...
This classy restaurant doubles as an evocative place for a cocktail, a cool Bintang or a coffee.
Warung Kota Tua
On the west side of Taman Fatahillah square, this semi-renovated old warehouse (an open-sided space with exposed brick walls and...
Museum Sejarah Jakarta information
The Jakarta History Museum is housed in the old town hall of Batavia, a stately Dutch colonial structure that was once the epicentre of an empire. This bell-towered building, built in 1627, served the administration of the city and was also used by the city law courts.
Today it’s a poorly presented museum of peeling plasterwork and lots of heavy, carved ebony and teak furniture from the Dutch period (plus a disparate collection of exhibits collected from across the nation). But you will find the odd exquisite piece, such as the stunning black granite sculpture of Kali, a Hindu goddess associated with death and destruction.
In the back courtyard is the huge bronze Cannon Si Jagur. This cannon tapers at one end into a large clenched fist, a sexual symbol in Indonesia; childless women would offer flowers and sit astride the cannon in the hope of becoming mothers.
There are long-standing plans to renovate the museum, but work had been delayed at the time of research.