Jakarta History Museum was Inaugurated on March 30, 1974

Credit: DKI Jakarta Cultural Department

The Jakarta History Museum is also known as Fatahillah Museum because it is located on Jalan Taman Fatahillah number 1, Pinangsia, West Jakarta.

This museum was the City Hall (Stadhuis) building during the VOC reign in Batavia. The Jakarta History Museum was inaugurated on March 30, 1974, by Governor Ali Sadikin.

Apart from being the City Hall, this building also functioned as a Court, Civil Registry Office, a place for citizens to worship on Sundays, and the Township Council (College van Scheppen).

The Jakarta History Museum also houses a former dungeon used during the Dutch colonial era. There is a dungeon for men and a dungeon for women.

Another very famous one is the Si Jagur Cannon. The Si Jagur cannon was made by a Portuguese named Manoel Tavares Baccaro in Macau, China, which the Portuguese brought to Malacca.

The history of Jakarta can be found in this museum, including the Jakarta Prehistory Room, Tarumanegara Room, Jayakarta Room, Fatahillah Room, Sultan Agung Room, Diponegoro Room, and Batavia Room.

The rooms contain antique furniture from the 17th to 19th centuries, combining European, the People's Republic of China, and Indonesian styles. One of them is an archive cabinet used by the VOC.