Timings : Museum timings: Tuesday - Friday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Entry Fee : No Entry Fee
Taman Fatahillah is a grandiose piazza built in honour of the renowned military figure and Indonesian national hero of the same name. Formerly referred to as the Batavia City Square, this historic landmark showcases the colonial past of the country. Home to three museums, namely the Wayang Museum, the Jakarta History Museum, as well as the Fine Arts and Ceramics Museum, the Taman Fatahillah is a repository of the rich culture of Indonesia.
Located in the heart of Jakarta Old Town, the majestic Taman Fatahillah is, at present, a popular tourist destination, which receives thousands of enthusiastic visitors all year round. The square, made primarily of cobblestone, is encompassed with colonial buildings on all sides, which includes the revered Town Hall.
The glorious Taman Fatahillah is the centerpiece of Jakarta and usually has a joyful environment, with some local musicians strumming their guitars, human statues, little children riding their bikes, people clicking pictures or simply relaxing with a cup of coffee.
A number of street hawkers are lined along the pavement, selling a variety of goods. Taking a leisurely stroll through the Taman Fatahillah works wonders to be familiarized with the lively atmosphere that surrounds the compound. Right at the centre of the square is installed a beautiful replica of the original fountain that used to supply fresh water to the residents of the city.
Taman Fatahillah is also home to the quaint Café Batavia, which serves refreshments and has a tranquil atmosphere. Located in one of the oldest buildings in the city, this café dates back to as early as 1805 and since then, it has served its purpose as an art gallery as well as an administration office.
The prime attractions of Taman Fatahillah are its three captivating museums, and it is suggested that everyone take a look at these wonders of history when one explores the city.
The dignified Jakarta History Museum, locally referred to as the Museum Sejarah Jakarta, is housed within the building that formerly used to be the City Hall. It served as a prison several decades ago. The ones who were given the death sentence were executed in the square compound.
Constructed in the early years of the eighteenth century, this museum is a repository of hundreds of delightful artefacts as well as exhibitions that showcase the history of the region, right from the prehistoric era to the present day.
Belonging to the time ranging from the Dutch Colonization to the Japanese Occupation to the recent times, the impressive collection inside the museum ranges from ceramics, antique furniture that dates back to many centuries, maps as well as weapons. One of the key highlights of this museum is the underground dungeon.
Tuesday to Sunday – 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
The Jakarta History Museum remains closed on Mondays.
The alluring Wayang Museum features an extensive and rare collection of shadow puppets, wooden puppets as well as elaborately designed dolls from Indonesia and its adjacent countries, some of which include Vietnam and Thailand, and provides a deeper insight into the traditional art of the famous Indonesian puppetry, popularly referred to as the Javan Wayang. Every Sunday, the Wayang Museum hosts jolly puppet shows.
Tuesday to Sunday – 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM
The Wayang Museum remains closed on Mondays.
Fine Arts and Ceramics Museum
An ideal place for art connoisseurs, the Fine Arts and Ceramics Museum, locally referred to as the Museum Seni Rupa dan Keramik, is situated in the eastern side of the Taman Fatahillah, and is home to a vast collection of sculptures and paintings by famous artists such as Antonio Blanco, Henk Ngantung, and Basuki Abdullah, that have been preserved for several centuries. In addition to these masterpieces, the museum also houses brilliant ceramic works from cities across the country, including Yogyakarta, Malang, as well as Bandung.
Tuesday to Sunday – 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
The Fine Arts and Ceramics Museum remains closed on Mondays.
The entrance fee for each museum is listed below.
For adults – IDR 5000
For college students – IDR 3000
For children and school students – IDR 2000
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