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Maritime Museum

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The Maritime Museum is in the old harbour of Sunda Kelapa. Sunda Kelapa with shanskogo language translates to "coconut of Sunda" - this port was the main port of Sunda Kingdom, which existed in the Western part of Java from 669 to 1579. The Sunda Kingdom included the present territory of the provinces of Banten, West Java, the capital city of Jakarta and the Western part of Central Java province. It should be noted that the port has played an important role in the development of the capital of Indonesia, Jakarta.

The opening of the Maritime Museum took place in 1977. Maritime Museum of Jakarta is located in the former warehouse of the East India company, which dealt among other things with spices and kept them in the warehouse. Visiting the Maritime Museum, guests can learn interesting facts from the Maritime history of Indonesia, about the traditions of navigation, and to discover - how important is the sea for the economy of Indonesia today.

The Museum displays models of fishing boats and traditional sailing ships in full size from all over the Malay archipelago. You can see naval maps of Indonesia, different navigation features, photos, and more. Visitors can see a rare collection of well-known schooners "phinisi" - a traditional Indonesian two-masted sailing vessels used by the Bugis is one of the largest ethnic groups in the province of South Sulawesi. This province is the third largest of its kind in Indonesia. There is also a model of a boat that was used in the age of Empire Majapahit. There is a separate room where you can see a vast collection of flora and fauna of Indonesia.