Museum Sejarah Jakarta

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Timings : Tuesday - Sunday: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Time Required : 2-3 hours

Entry Fee : IDR 5,000

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Museum Sejarah Jakarta or the Jakarta History Museum is one of the largest museums in Old Jakarta Town. It is filled with more than 23,000 artefacts from the Dutch civilization and various Indonesian kingdoms can be seen here, a proud display of the heritage of the region. 27 ornately adorned rooms filled with articles that chronicle the city's history, from when it was founded and known as Jayakarta, to when it was rechristened Batavia when it was the capital of the Dutch East India Company, and to when the country became independent.

Museum Sejarah Jakarta is popular for its 17th-century architectural style. It is spread over an area of 1300 square metres and also houses a pond. In addition to the archaeological excavations, Museum Sejarah Jakarta also exhibits stone inscriptions, ceramics and earthenware. It is often regarded as a recreational destination where one can also increase their knowledge of Jakartan culture.

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Museum Sejarah Jakarta has emerged as a centre for study, education and recreation for the Jakarta community. It also plays host to several art programs, exhibitions and seminars related to the history of Jakarta. Both national and international seminars have been held to reflect upon the architecture of the museum building.

Moreover, visitors are allowed to view the underground dungeons where Indonesian heroes were said to have been captured. You can also rent out colourful antique bikes and ride around the square’s open space. 


The building of the Museum Sejarah Jakarta was built in the year 1710. It served as the city hall of Batavia. In 1939, the structure was transformed into the Old Batavia Museum and opened to the public. At the time of independence, it was handed over to the Jakarta Regional Government who began the Jakarta History Museum here in the year 1974.

How To Reach Museum Sejarah Jakarta

  • Museum Sejarah Jakarta is located in the historic Old Town of Jakarta, that is also known as Kota Tua.
  • It is situated to the Southside of the Fatahillah Square, between the Wayang Museum and the Fine Art and Ceramic Museum. This area is located in the heart of Jakarta and is easily accessible by locals and tourists alike.
  • Visitors from the South Jakarta region can easily hop onto the TransJakarta bus line.
  • Visitors coming from the West Java region will find it convenient to take a train till the nearby Jakarta Kota station.
  • Public buses are the best option for visitors coming from the East Jakarta region.
  • Those coming from the Central or North Jakarta region can opt for minivan services that ply regularly. 

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