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Jakarta History Museum (Fatahillah Museum)

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Address: Jln. Fatahillah Taman 1 | Old Batavia, Jakarta 11110, Indonesia
Phone Number:
+62 21 6929101
09:00 - 15:00
Closed now
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 15:00

Also called the Museum of Old Batavia, Fatahillah Museum occupies the old...

Also called the Museum of Old Batavia, Fatahillah Museum occupies the old town hall and contains artifacts, weapons and an old jail.

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Splend colonial Batavia

I just love kota tua - the old historical city if Batavia. Fatahillah square and it's adjacent buildings are magnificent. Unfortunately Jakarta sejarah museum is not up to... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Marc P
Cologne, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
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Jakarta, Indonesia
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31 reviews
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I was here to bring a friend of mine from Holland. I thought I will be his tour guide. Much to my surprise, he became my tour guide as most of the exhibits also display some information in old Dutch! Yes, old Dutch that sometime they don't really use it in day-to-day anymore. So I got extra information than the... More 

Thank AndryLie
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4 reviews
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

SO old and full history in Jakarta, I went for twice just want to looking around and met with tourist from Dutch and talking with her about Jakarta and she said very wonderful like my feeling too , thanks Jakarta old town (Kota Tua )

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Cologne, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I just love kota tua - the old historical city if Batavia. Fatahillah square and it's adjacent buildings are magnificent. Unfortunately Jakarta sejarah museum is not up to scratch to international standards. The building is wonderful but the information you get is meagre. There is much room for improvement. Also some of the renovations are rather uninspired. Yet you can... More 

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68 reviews
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Reviewed 11 April 2017

With its limited range of exhibits I would only recommend this museum to people interested in the history of the town when it was called Batavia and under Dutch rule. Maps show the various stages of development and there is a decent collection of period Dutch furniture. One of the bookcases is huge with an amazingly intricate carved headpiece. I... More 

Thank Peter M
Jakarta, Indonesia
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53 reviews
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Reviewed 8 April 2017 via mobile

It was a big old building constractured with big wooden floor. Like every other museum, mystic ambience is in the air. They show underground prison that used to hold many persons below the building.

Thank Vitriani S
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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Reviewed 16 March 2017

Came here last weekend. For outside appearance, Fatahilah Museum changed a lot compare to my last visit back in 2007. But inside sadly, no difference. The entrance was very cheap (IDR 5k) but the display inside was not interested at all. I wish they turn on the fan inside the museum, because when I came last weekend it was so... More 

Thank Oni_Kan
Vienna, Austria
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Reviewed 15 March 2017

For anyone who is used to european Museums the expectation is nearly inevitably disappointed. The Museum has some nice exhibits but nothing really spectacular. It seems that only few pieces remained from the colonial area and all of them made their way into this Museum. So it does not really look like the top picks selected from a big Portfolio.... More 

Thank W V
Jakarta, Indonesia
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Reviewed 14 March 2017

Its a 18th century building, now converted to a city museum, boast artifacts and furniture from across Indonesia belonging to the kings & dutch era.. part of the building used to serve as prison during dutch rule, some of the prison cells have stocked up the huge metal balls, which were used to be tied to the prisoners feet to... More 

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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 7 March 2017 via mobile

Building is cool and historic and the centerpiece of Fatahillah square and it has minimal signage or information of any sort. Can't understand why there wouldn't be more information about the historical context and significance of this building.

Thank arthurjunior
Boston, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 24 February 2017

Most interesting in an eerie way are the dungeons beneath the building. Give a sense of the harshness of Dutch rule.

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