Bank Mandiri Museum
Jalan Asemka-Petongkangan, Jakarta, Indonesia
Bank Mandiri Museum Jakarta Reviews
Ghosts of Old-Time Financial Religion & Bankers Jan 05, 2014
I have always been interested in visiting museums. To me, the museums in Jakarta show me the evolution of our country. It shows me how we have changed, grown won and lost. Museums should not only entertaining, but should also be places where records of history illuminate the passage of time.
The Museum of the Mandiri Bank is one of the Dutch colonial heritage buildings in Jakarta. The building was built strong, in 1929 and was initially used by the Dutch Trading Company office, then changed into a bank. After Indonesia’s independence in 1945, Dutch banking was nationalized and the building was used as the office of the co-operative bank of some banks in Indonesia. Now, this building is famous as “ The Mandiri Bank Museum”.
The Museum displays the interior, ornament and furnitures of banking yesterdays. The building has four floors which remain in their original state.
Entering the lobby, two mannequins guards wearing colonial uniforms, welcome the visitor. One feels the atmosphere of old era banking, very quickly. The floor is covered with black, gray and red tiles, which are still gleaming and well maintained. A long corridor with beautiful decorations and period lighting highlights the long teller counters, furniture and even some human-sized dolls depicting people at work.. It is the ghosts of bankers past.
The museum collection consists of various items associated with old banking activities such as securities documents, coin collections, general ledgers, cash counters and safety deposit boxes. The presentation is lifelike and looks amazing.
Going down to the basement, I find a vault called a Brandkast. To enter, we go through a very thick, steel doors made in the Netherlands. In this room there are safety deposit boxes, money trolleys, money boxes, and some old paintings telling the history about Jakarta.
The first floor features beautiful, stained-glass artwork depicting the four seasons of Summer, Autumn, Spring and Winter. On the second floor are the elegant offices of the bank officers, a library, and a display of security personnel uniforms. A security iron bar cage separates the public space from the area of bank tellers. This separating counter and cage is a typical the Dutch banking services that era.
The Mandiri Bank Museum offers a fascinating insight into the history of banking in Indonesia. It is not merely a history of the building and the bank history. It also supplies a wealth of information on the role played by the Bank today, and provides a history of banking in Indonesia. There is a wealth of information on important events which occurred throughout the Bank’s history as well as various collections of items used during the bank’s long history.
Considering that it costs nothing to visit, a trip to the Museum is an exceptionally good value and definitely worth a visit. The Mandiri Bank Museum fully utilizes its role not only as a historical site, but also a form of education in an entertaining format. I was surprised, I really enjoyed my visit.
Because I was a museum, I tried to show the concrete character of banking as very conservative, so took the photos in sepia and black and white. It seemed to add more permanence and value .
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