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National Archives Building is a museum from the VOC period. The former residence of Governer-General Reinier de Klerk is now a major attraction known for its cultural heritage and beautiful Dutch Indies architecture. The collection of the museum includes artefacts from the Dutch administration and maps from the 16th century. The museum also has classic ebony furniture such as dining chairs and tables.
The National Archives Building is a two-storeyed Dutch-style house. It had received the UNESCO Award of Excellence in the year 2001. The building is surrounded by a spacious lush garden, the rear part of which contains a belfry. The locals are allowed to use the beautiful garden as a public facility. The National Archives Building is presently being managed by a foundation without any assistance from the government.
The National Archives Building is often used as a venue for exhibitions and events. The building is home to several historic items, one of them being the 17th-century ebony furniture. De Klerk’s coat of arms and the secretary bird are recurring motifs in this building.
The first floor of the National Archives Building displays a collection of maps that date back to 1541. A dining set from the VOC period is also on display. There are no documents or archives inside the National Archives Building. The collection of ancient objects include old compasses, ship models, old brankasts, weapons etc.
Visitors can explore both the interior as well as the exterior of the building. The beautiful garden surrounding it is a great place to relax after a tour of the Archives building.
National Archives Building was originally built in the 18th-century. It served as the residence of the then Governor-General, Reiner de Klerk. After his demise, the structure changed many hands till 1901, when it was acquired by the colonial government. It was made the office of the Mining Department.
In the year 1925, the building was converted into a State Archive after a major restoration. In 1974, the building was deserted after which it began to rapidly deteriorate. In the 1990s, a group of Dutch businessmen collected funds with the intention to restore this historic mansion.
The restoration began in 1997 and was completed by the end of 1998. During this period, the structure also provided shelter to around 80 workmen who were caught in the middle of a nationwide riot.
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