Location: Jalan Taman Fatahillah No.1, Pinangsia, Tamansari, Kota Jkt Barat 11110
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HTM: Rp. 3,750 (Adult), Rp. 2,500 (Student), Rp. 1,500 (Child)
Open and close: 08.00 – 17.00 WIB (Tuesday – Sunday), Monday Closed
Telephone: 021 6929101
Jakarta is the capital city of Indonesia which has a very long historical and historical story.
It even has a close relationship with the pre-history and Dutch colonial era at that time.
Of course, this historical journey can be found in museums scattered in the Indonesian capital.
These museums provide information and education to tourists who want to know what happened in the past of Jakarta.
For the Dutch colonial era and the independence era, the Satria Mandala museum, the National Monument could be an option.
Meanwhile, the Elephant Museum provides historical stories in prehistoric times. However, to find out the historical story during the Dutch colonial rule, you can visit the Fatahillah Museum which is already very famous in the city of Jakarta.
A brief History
Fatahillah Museum is located in the Old City area, precisely at Jalan Taman Fatahillah No. 2, West Jakarta.
Tourists can visit this museum tourist area to see and get information about the historical heritage of Jakarta from prehistoric times to the heyday of the port of Sunda Kelapa and the colonial era.
Even here, tourists can see the contents of these relics from the colonial period.
In addition, visitors can also get information about the atmosphere of the city of Jakarta after independence
This museum building was originally built by the Dutch colonial government as a City Hall or Stadhuis.
At that time, the City Hall was inaugurated by the Governor General Abraham Van Riebeeck in 1710.
The construction of the City Hall building began during the reign of the Governor General Jan Pieterszoon Coen which began in 1620.
At that time, land conditions in Jakarta were still very unstable. This caused the construction process to be delayed and the museum or city hall had a chance to collapse.
Before the inauguration of the building Stadhuis it had to undergo several restorations before being inaugurated.
After it was inaugurated, the town hall building finally changed functions several times and underwent changes.
After functioning as the city hall, this building was used as the West Java Provincial Government Office in 1925-1942.
After that it changed its function to the Dai Nippon Logistics Collection Office when the Japanese occupied Indonesia and also Jakarta. This happened in 1942 – 1945.
After Indonesia’s independence in 1945, this building again changed its function to the headquarters of the West Jakarta City Military Command / Kodim 0503. And this happened between 1952 – 1968.
It was only in 1968 that the DKI Jakarta Regional Government finally got full rights to this building. And in the same year this building became the Jakarta History Museum.
And it was inaugurated on March 30, 1974 by Ali Sadikin who was then the Governor of DKI Jakarta.
The Jakarta History Museum is very popularly known as the Fatahillah Museum. In this museum, there are about 23,500 collections of historical objects.
These historical objects are still original and replicas. The collection is taken from the Old Jakarta Museum or Oud Batavia Museum.
The Old Jakarta Museum was previously located on Jalan Pintu Besar Utara No. 27 and now it has changed its function to the Wayang Museum.
In Fatahillah Museum, there is one historical object in the form of the Ciaruteun Inscription, a relic of the Tarumanagara era, whose contents can be seen at wikipedia.
In addition, the museum also has the Si Jagur Cannon, a statue of the god Hermes, Untung Suropati’s cell in 1670 and Pangeran Diponegoro who was detained in 1830.
In addition, there are also pictures and paintings of the Governor-General of the Dutch East Indies VOC who led Jakarta from 1602-1942.
In this museum, tourists can see a variety of woodworking tools in prehistoric times and a collection of weapons that are still neatly stored.
There is also a collection of antique furniture from the 17th to 19th centuries. Everything is neatly stored and can be seen by tourists.
In this museum, the items on display are in accordance with their original period and are equipped with information that makes tourists get complete information.
The exhibition halls in this museum with a classic colonial architectural style also contain other relics.
There are several exhibition spaces such as the Jakarta Prehistoric Room, the Tarumanegara Room, the Jayakarta Room, the Fatahillah Room, the Sultan Agung Room and the MH Thamrin Room.
The division of this room is based on the arrangement of collection objects that consider artistic aspects and has an optimal function to become a source of information for visitors.
Usually the items on display are around 500 historical objects. And will be rotated as needed. While other items are in the storage room or warehouse.
The tourist area of Fatahillah Museum is divided into 3 floors. In the lower floor area, tourists can see some of the VOC relics on display here.
Visitors can see several statues and ceramic items on display in a large cupboard.
In addition, there are several handicraft items such as inscriptions and pottery as well as objects found by ancient archaeologists.
On this floor, tourists can see one of the heritage objects from Betawi or Batavia culture which presents the shape and appearance of old kitchens in Betawi people’s homes.
While on the second floor visitors can see some of the furniture and objects of the Dutch nation.
Here tourists can see beds and paintings in the colonial period. There is also a large window facing the square.
It is said that this large window at that time was used by high-ranking officials of the Dutch government to witness the execution of the prisoners’ death sentence which was then carried out in the central square area.
Moving to the basement, here tourists can see the room which had an important role during the Dutch colonialism.
Here, tourists can see the conditions of the prison inmates who were against the Dutch government at that time.
There are about 5 narrow rooms that are very stuffy and equipped with iron pendants as shackles for the prisoners at that time.
Haunted Mystical Stories
In the Old City area, there are indeed many old buildings that have high historical value.
Fatahillah Museum itself is a very beautiful and sturdy historical building.
Fatahillah Museum also has a story history or a history that is quite thick and closely related to the city of Jakarta.
It turns out that besides the historical story of Jakarta’s travels, this museum is also famous for having mystical and haunted stories
Even though now this museum is often used as a place to shoot video clips and FTV, the creepy and haunted impression cannot be separated from this museum.
Especially with the many stories of executions and also sadistic massacres that were carried out by the Dutch colonial government on Chinese citizens living around Jakarta. It happened in 1740.
At that time around the museum square was carried out the execution or massacre of about 500 Chinese people openly.
As a result of the massacre, until now the voices of hysterical screams and cries are often heard around the plaza area.
Some have even seen headless apparitions around the square. A mystery story that is enough to make hair shudder.
It turned out that it was not only in the square area which was quite creepy. The area around this dungeon which has been around for 300 years has its own mystery story.
This basement area was used to hold prisoners, criminals and community leaders who at that time opposed the policies of the Dutch East Indies government in Jakarta.
At that time the Dutch East Indies government put 500 prisoners into the cellar and they were left starving and even suffocating and tortured.
No need to be surprised if entering the basement area radiates mystical nuances. In fact, we often hear strange sounds, smell rancid and fishy blood.
In fact, the appearance of a black shadow often appears in the area.
In fact, there are often sightings of 3 ghosts in the form of small children whose shapes are messy and men and women wearing typical Dutch clothes.
As mentioned earlier, the Fatahillah Museum was used as a place to carry out the execution of prisoners who were proven to have rebelled against the Dutch East Indies government.
According to historical stories, when a prisoner is about to be executed, he will be given a sign around the museum.
If there is an execution there will be a bell that is rung. This bell is named the Death Bell.
When it rings once it means that the detainee will be led to the courtroom. Meanwhile, the second sound means that the prisoners are already around the court room or podium at the Fatahillah Museum.
Meanwhile, if the bell rings again or the third sound, it indicates that the prisoners will be immediately executed in the square area.
And this execution will be seen by officials and court judges from the Dutch East Indies. Even at certain times these bells still ring by themselves.
In the past, this bell was rung at night and now it is often heard at night.
During the reign of the Dutch East Indies, the prisoners who were to be executed were taken to the square area.
Meanwhile, from the large window in the City Hall, the Governor General of the Dutch East Indies will give the code to carry out the execution.
And this museum is indeed a silent witness to the execution and suffering of prisoners who are in the dungeon.
What is terrible is that when the tide is high, this dungeon will be full of sea water.
In ancient times the City Hall was very close to the sea. So that sea water often entered the building and immersed the bodies of the prisoners around the basement.
And this makes the prisoners very sad. Even Pangeran Diponegoro and Cut Nyak Dien were once detained and brought here before being exiled.
Mystical stories and other mysteries join the mystery of this Fatahillah Museum building.
The reason is, near the showroom, a secret room was discovered in 2010.
The room’s wall area with an area of about 200 square meters has a mural that is very exotic and looks not 100 percent finished.
This mural tells the condition of the city of Jakarta in 1880 – 1920. And this mural was made by the painter Harijadi Sumodidjojo and also S. Sudjojono in 1974.
At that time, the Governor of Jakarta, Ali Sadikin, ordered the mural to be made.
Although there have been major renovations that were completed in January 2015, of course, the mystical aura and the impression of being haunted cannot be separated from this Fatahillah Museum.
No wonder many are looking for wangsit in this museum. For visitors, don’t say dirty words and behave disrespectfully. The reason is that it can disturb the ghosts who inhabit the museum.
Open What Hours
The operating hours or opening hours of Fatahillah Museum are around 09.00 – 15.00 WIB every Tuesday to Sunday. On Monday the museum will be closed for maintenance.
Price of admission
While the entrance ticket itself is 3,750 for adults and 1,500 for children.
The route to get to the location of Fatahillah Museum is very easy. Can use private vehicles as well as public.
Application Google map can already help by providing maps, plans of the city of Jakarta, especially access to the Fatahillah Museum.