Bank Indonesia Museum

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Jakarta, Indonesia

Bank Indonesia Museum Jakarta Reviews

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Interesting and comfortable Sep 06, 2015
General Entrance fee: Rp 5,000

Students (worldwide) enter free with student ID

Bank of Indonesia Museum displays and describes the birth and progress of the Indonesian currency- the Rupiah. The Rupiah began with the spice trade. Throughout the 20th century, the Rupiah has experienced steep devaluation against the US Dollar, hyperinflation which resulted in the need for re-denomination. I particularly enjoyed seeing the vaults full of old money collections.

The museum is inexpensive to visit, air-conditioned and surprisingly not crowded.
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Bank Mandiri Museum Aug 08, 2011
The Bank Indonesia or Bank Mandiri Museum is one of the museums you’ll find in the Old Town part of Jakarta. Some of the other museums here are the Fatahillah Museum, the Puppet Museum, and the Bahari Museum.

The Bank Museum building was first built for Nederlandsche Handel-Maatschappij (NHM) or Factorji Batavia. It was a Dutch trading company that became a banking company. NHM is one of the primary ancestors of ABN AMRO bank. NHM then ‘nationalized’ by Indonesian government and changed to Bank Koperasi Tani & Nelayan (BKTN) for Export & Import. It changed names and ownership down through the years until finally merging into Bank Mandiri.

In the front entrance of the Bank Indonesia Museum you’ll be welcomed by two mannequins dressed in Dutch soldier uniforms. When you enter this building, it’s like going back in a time machine. This building still looks solid and strong, with rooms that still looks original, its floor are most covered by coated tiles with black, gray and red color, which still looks shiny. The main door leads you into the main bank activity area. Here you’ll see all the artifacts and even some mannequins that display the working atmosphere and activities at that time.

Things that are related with the banking are displayed here, from the various typewriters, deposit certificates, checks, stocks & bonds, phones & telegraphs, money counting machines, ATM machines, ATM cards, servers, printers, etc. My favorite part was entering the original bank vault, where they have a broad collection of currencies from all over the world from past and present.

They also have on display various events in history in chronological order as you go from room to room. Entrance fee to this museum is only Rp 2.000 per person, so it’s definitely worth a look.
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