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Museum of history of Jakarta

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Museum of history of Jakarta, also known as Fatahillah Museum or Batavia Museum, is located in the old part of the town called the Kota Tua. It is worth noting that Kota Tua, also known as Old Jakarta or Old Batavia, is considered one of the most picturesque places in Jakarta.

The exact location of the Museum - the southern part of Fatahillah square (former Batavia area), close to famous Museum Wayang and Museum of art and ceramics. The building, which now hosts their collection of the Museum of history of Jakarta, was built in 1707 on the site of the former town hall in the early XVII century, the inauguration took place in 1710 the building was opened by Abraham van Riebeeck, Governor-General of the Dutch East Indies. Initially, the building served as city hall. Here are also housed the administration of the Dutch East India company and later the government (during the Dutch colonization). Inside the building is very beautiful rooms, of which there are more than 30, are richly decorated. It is known that in 1830 a building in the prison was a national hero of Indonesia, Diponegoro, which was organized by Javanese revolt against Dutch colonialists.

Museum of history of Jakarta was opened two centuries later, in 1974. The Museum collection contains exhibits (more than 23 thousand), which will tell about the prehistoric period of the city, its basis in 1527, tells the story of the city during the Dutch colonization, which began in the XVI century and lasted until 1948, when Indonesia gained independence. Museum guests can see historical cards, art paintings, furniture, and archaeological artifacts from the prehistoric period in Indonesia. The Museum owns rich collections of furniture XVII - XIX centuries.