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“The place to keep historical archives of Indonesia”

National Archives Museum
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Private Tour: Half-Day National Museum and Old Harbour Tour from Jakarta
Ranked #76 of 271 things to do in Jakarta
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Beautiful historic buildings and grounds of the former Governor of Batavia.
Jakarta, Indonesia
Level 5 Contributor
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“The place to keep historical archives of Indonesia”
Reviewed 3 January 2012

If you look at the building or the surroundings, you'll be quite amaze how a museum can be so arthistic and beautiful, especially the one that keep archives!! In the night time, the light and the atmosphere even more beautiful and romantic.

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Canberra, Australia
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“Make sure you see this little gem”
Reviewed 16 December 2011

Despite its name, in true Jakarta style this museum is nothing to do with the National Archives (which is in a new building in South Jakarta). But it is well worth a visit. The building was constructed around 1760 as the home of a prominent Dutch businessman and later Governor of Batavia, Reiner de Klerk. It was restored in 2000 and is a large, airy house with odd bits of aged furniture and some interesting items and information, for example, a model of Captain Cook's Endeavour and the news that after repairing the Endeavour on the island of Onrust north of Jakarta, he lost many of his men to disease in the old city of Batavia which was beautiful but rife with malaria and other sicknesses and as a result chose never to stop there on his subsequent trips.

The architecture is very interesting, original 18th century windows and door and window pieces elaborately carved with insignias from the old Dutch East India company. There is also a back courtyard and the u-shaped old outbuildings, all of which have been restored, with some interesting old photographs on exhibit upstairs in one wing.

To get there you get off the busway at Mangga Besar and walk a few shops down on the main road, Jalan Gaja Madah. Despite its excellent condition and one or two guards it is curiously empty, I was the only visitor on the day I visited.

Visited December 2011
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