Fatahillah Museum, The Heritage Of Old Batavia
Fatahillah museum is another name for Jakarta History museum. The museum is located in the historic old Jakarta Kota area. The museum provides information about Jakarta’s history from prehistoric age to current age and completed with collections related.
Fatahillah museum was a Municipal Hall of Batavia built by Governor General, Jan Pieterszoon Coen in 1620. The hall was demolished in early 1707 and renovated as what it is now under Governor General Abraham Van Riebeeck, July 1707. The hall was also playing role as justice council. This hall is located in front of a park, which was known as Stadhuisplein, the City Hall Park, and now it is called Taman Fatahillah, named after General Fatahillah the founder of Jakarta. In 1939 the hall was opened by Old Batavia Foundation as museum. After independence of Indonesia in 1945, the museum was changed to Old Djakarta Museum by Indonesian Culture Institution. After the museum was handed over DKI Jakarta’s government, on March 30 1974 the museum’s name officially change to Jakarta History Museum or Fatahillah museum.
Fatahillah museum has more than 23,000 collections which some inherited from Old Jakarta Museum. Some collections among is medal, crystal, porcelain, executioner sword, painting, ancient inscription, clothes and weapon. Some collections attained the age of more than 1,500 years. Some of the most famous collections are statue of Hermes, the god of fortune and protector for the trader in Greek mythology which is located at the side of garden and Si Jagur canon.
Si Jagur canon was built by an architect named MT Bocarro from Macao and in 1641 brought to Batavia by the Dutch fleet. At the back of the canon there is a script “Ex me ipsa renata sum” which means “From myself, I’m reborn” (literally translated). It is said that the canon was built from 17 small canons. Most people interested by the finger shaped at the back end of its body, which believed as symbol of fertility. The weight of Si Jagur cannon is 3.5 tons with length of 3.84 meters and 25 cm diameter of the pitch.
Other interested objects are deep well as water supply for prisoner and underground prison to detain the rebellion. It is said the well was also as banishment for the dead rebellions.
How to get there?
Fatahillah Museum is located in Jl. Taman Fatahillah No. 1 West Jakarta. The museum is surrounded by Jalan Lada, Jalan Kunir and Jalan Kali Besar Timur.
Jakarta History Museum
Jl. Taman Fatahillah No. 1 West Jakarta.
Public transportation to museum
- Trans Jakarta busway, from Blok M- Kota
- Mikrolet M-12, from Senen – Kota
- Mikrolet M-08, Tanah Abang – Kota
- Patas AC 79, Kp. Rambutan – Kota
- Entrance fee is around 10,000 IDR (2015).
- There are more interested object around like Museum Wayang (puppet), Fine Art & Ceramic Museum, Bank Mandiri Museum, Bank Indonesia Museum (bank & monetary), Bahari Museum (maritime), and Sunda Kelapa Harbour.
- There are shopping centers also like Glodok, and Mangga Dua, the distance around 2-3 km.
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