Jakarta History Museum (Museum Fatahillah), Jakarta
Previously serving as Batavia's city hall, the museum building was erected in 1627 at the same location as the current structure. A significant renovation took place in 1707, resulting in several features of the present-day building, including the portico. The portico, with its series of columns and triangular pediment, adds an element of grandeur and sophistication to the exterior.
The building is characterized by its large timber beams and floorboards, encompassing 37 elaborately ornated rooms. The building's design was inspired by the Royal Palace in Amsterdam, showcasing a domed cupola and proportions characteristic of a 17th-century Dutch city hall.
As one of Indonesia's most extensive museums, the History Museum boasts an impressive 23,500 exhibits. Among these, the oldest is a replica of the 5th-century Tugu Inscription. The museum also features maps, drawings, and a monument commemorating the friendship between the Sunda and Portuguese peoples, which provide insights into the city's founding in the 16th century.
The museum's rich furniture collection spans the 16th through 18th centuries, illustrating the evolution of Indonesian society. A unique and captivating style emerges from the fusion of European, Chinese, and indigenous influences, defining the local culture and civilization. This furniture collection is considered the world's most comprehensive colonial assortment.
An array of art pieces, glassware, pottery, stone and wood carvings, swords, metal objects, and leather and cloth items are displayed in specialized collections. These pieces are organized chronologically, presenting Indonesian history through their antiquated appearance.
When visiting the museum, be sure to explore the basement cells and Fatahillah Square—named after Jakarta's founder, Prince Fatahillah—for a thorough understanding of the locale.
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