Fatahillah Museum Jakarta Reviews
'Old Dutch City Hall' (Fatahillah Museum) Dec 05, 2013
Jakarta History Museum became a symbol of the Old Town area, many people are more familiar with this museum as the Museum Fatahillah. Fatahillah lays reference to the name of the street that the museum is located, but mainly for ‘Fatahillah’ was the leader of the heroes that fought and expelled the Portuguese in the battle of Sunda Kelapa...who then renamed the City “Jayakarta” the city of victory. Hence today’s name JAKARTA. on the 22 June 1527 victory was sealed, and this now is the City’s Birthday.
The Building that the Museum is housed is the former Dutch City Hall. Building work commenced in 1707 and was completed in 1710. It has been home to many administrations of office up until Indonesian Independence in 1945, I stress this year as it was when the Japanese surrended in WW2, they had occupied Indonesia since 1942...after their surrender the Dutch and Indonesia were in diplomatic dispute over sovereignty up until 1949.
The Museum is located at the side of Fatahillah Square, it looks a grand europeon style, to enter we must pay IDR 5,000 for adults but students and Groups get good discount. Visitors can explore two large floors...and large they have to be, because some of the artifacts are of full size real and replica boats, the second floor has smaller household items etc. These are from all era’s of our history.
To explore the museum, you can pay for a guided tour to go around or go on your own. Their is only a small number of the guides at the museum, so it is best that you pre-order before the date you come here. especially those who want to come in a large group. At the start of your tour, you are reminded that in front of this museum in ‘Fatahillah Square’ it was once the place where Hanging took place, back in the Dutch rule. A statue depicting the death penalty stands here at the entrance.
Other rooms include paintings like a huge one of S.Sudjojono’s work that tells of assault under the leadership of the kingdom of Mataram Sultan Agung to Batavia. At that time, the Governor General of Batavia is very well known ‘Jan Pieterszoon Coen’. Moving to another room is a display of traditional arms of war from various regions. Then in the next room there is a mosque pulpit that is of old aged from one of the villages that surround the Old City. After circling the room on the first floor of the museum, it's worth going to the garden area behind the museum, where are step to the basement. Here was once the prison cells that use to hold many who were to face trial that more than likely lead to there ‘Death Sentence’. Also in the gardens are stored objects of attraction such as a ‘Sijagur’ cannons off the Portuguese trade/war ships that sailed here before the Dutch. Visitors who come will see how big and heavy these cannons are weighing 3.5 tons and a length of more than 3 meters behind the Cannon is a form of the hand wearing a bracelet, which symbolizes women.
Here at the Fatahillah Museum, there is much to see, in addition the surrounding area has many other attractions, and many hours of interest and pleasure can be had here, like the old Dutch church which at first glance looks like a mosque with a roof shaped like a nation’s hat of Mongolia, the Museum is called ‘Wayang’.
Bicycle hire in the courtyard of Fatahillah Square is a great way to get around here and the bikes themselves have a uniqueness all of there own as some are very old and colourful, one bike here was made in 1904. Rental is about Rp.10,000 ( mini bike ) and Rp.20,000 (bicycle), the owners of the bicycles will gladly guide you around the maze of the Old City, at a little extra cost.
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Old City Tour Apr 17, 2011
Old city, Museum Fatahillah (Jakarta History Museum)located in the Old town of Jakarta http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jakarta_History_Museum
Visit on the weekend late afternoon usually there is always an attraction from different local or others Indonesian province culture (dance)
Walking start from Sunda Kelapa harbour (the old Indonesia harbour)and continue to Museum Maritiem pasar Ikan(Indonesian Maritime history)then walk to Galangan Benteng, Kali Besar street there is an old Dutch bridge call "chicken Bridge", Roa Malaka, Stasiun Kota and finish at Museum Fatahillah.
After long walk you can enjoy yourself at the Cafe Batavia, located just right in front of Museum Fatahillah (Nice food, nice drink and cozy place)
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