Maritime Museum

Maritime Museum, Jakarta: Hours, Address, Maritime Museum Reviews: 3.5/5

Maritime Museum
3.5
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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These former Dutch East Indies warehouses contain objects related to seafaring and the spice trade.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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3.5
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Melinda S
Jakarta, Indonesia90 contributions
Maritime museum a.k.a Bahari museum jakarta
Aug 2019 • Solo
This museum is left over of the Dutch colony, was build around 1652 - 1771. The Dutch east india company was using this for the warehouse all spices then delivery outside jakarta. The museum itself established about 1977. The architecture is still good condition, but on 2018 there is big fire and make almost destroyed the building, but they are fixing and rebuild again. Inside we can see the history about sailing boat from all around Indonesia, the famous one called „“pinisi boat“. Not only boat we can learn , but also all history about all sailors who ever came or just know about indonesia, such as marcopolo, Cheng ho, cornelis de houtman, and many more. Entrance ticket is 5k IDR, there are 2 part, first is tower which is the front part of the museum but the ticket is one for all museum. The location is near to old town jakarta, you can walk or by bus too if you want.

PS: Specially for foreigners, if they are offer you a guide tour, it is not really necessary i think, there are explanations inside. And be careful for the scammers.

Written 19 August 2019
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Maeve Peake
1 contribution
Avoid, avoid, avoid
Jul 2019 • Couples
Skip this place. Firstly, there are better museums throughout Jakarta dealing with this subject. Secondly, beware of scammers who operate here. When we visited, an older man approached us as we arrived at the watchtower. He said he worked at the museum, and had done since 1987. He walked us to the museum entrance although we could easily find our way. When we bought our tickets, the older man appeared to be tolerated by the staff, although he wasn’t dressed in the same staff uniform (rather, he wore a distinctive bright orange shirt). He gave a cursory tour of the venue, rushing us through. He said nothing that wasn’t readily available on the museum boards. He bragged about being mentioned in Lonely Planet, yet an online search later showed he wasn’t mentioned in Lonely Planet. We refused his repeated efforts to go on a harbour tour. As we said our goodbyes outside the museum, I gave a tip to express our gratitude for his time. He stated the tip wasn’t enough, handing the note back. His warm manner was replaced with disgust. He told us the amount we should be paying. The awkward moment ended when we handed him a 100,000 rupiah note. This was far in excess of the entry fee, and much more than any other service provider we have yet encountered during our stay. It felt awful, we felt duped and taken advantage of — for the first time in this city.
Written 20 July 2019
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Brad H
Sydney, Australia3,899 contributions
Nice historic buildings
Apr 2019 • Couples
The Maritime museum is a small attraction in the old Dutch part of the city. Whilst the displays are a little basic in parts, explanations are in English which is helpful. I found the architecture of the buildings the most impressive part, though there was a part that had recently burnt down.

It was a relatively easy 15 minute walk from the old city square, so worth a look when in the area.
Written 1 April 2019
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TrixieAblan
Ilocos Region, Philippines185 contributions
Museum Bahari
Dec 2018 • Friends
Maritime Museum or locally known as Museum Bahari was formerly spice warehouses and spices was very important comodities traded by the colonial in Batavia. Here we have known about the history of colonization in the Archipelago. The museum focuses on the maritime history of Indonesia and the importance of the sea to the economy of present-day Indonesia.

Climb up to the watchtower and view the scenary of North Jakarta. However in January 2018, much of the museum was destroyed by a fire.
Written 28 January 2019
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James M
Ann Arbor, MI55 contributions
About more than boats
Nov 2018 • Solo
There are a lot of boats, both traditional and otherwise, on display here, but there are also broader displays. Don't miss the second floor, with dioramas showing the various cultures that have come to and influenced the culture of the archipelago—really gives a feel for the long and diverse history. The place is rebuilding after a fire, and some of the displays are still not complete, but check out the other buildings for some interesting repositories of stuff, including a collection of turtle shells. Not a fancy museum, and mostly not air-conditioned; you'll probably have the place to yourself. But very cool, especially if you like boats. Most text panels have English translations.
Written 7 November 2018
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yopiefranz
Bandar Lampung, Indonesia645 contributions
Nice heritage trail in Jakarta Old Town
Apr 2018 • Couples
After visiting Railway station of Jakarta Kota, Museum Wayang, BNI bank building, it's better to visit Maritime museum too.

I rode bajaj to go here. Or you can use application based taxi like Gojek or Grab to reach this museum. I payed only idr 15k by bajaj. It'supposed to be cheaper by gojek.

You can see many collection of maritime history of Batavia here.

Don't forget to go upstair at a tower near the museum, where you can see Sunda Kelapa port and some old building around.

April 2018

Written 17 June 2018
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Myo M
Coquitlam, Canada19,934 contributions
A great collection of maritime "figures" :)
Sep 2017 • Solo
After going through the first floor with miniature ship models, "be sure" to go up to the second floor where you'll see just "plenty of" these life-sized wax figures of the famous maritime explorers & worldwide travelers such as Vasco de Gama, Marco Polo, James Cook, the Chinese admiral Cheng Ho, etc. (also in one room is the display in a small "fort-like" setting of the "national hero" Fatahillah who defeated the Portuguese in the 1500's and whose victory the city of Jakarta is named after); and the layout of the museum (on both floors) is just one room after another on like a "straight-line path" so you won't miss out any room, but yes you'll miss "a whole lot" if you don't go up to the second floor.

And after leaving, be sure to stop by the small tower (which is pretty much right beside this museum building) with a good view of the old port nearby (with a long row of wooden ships) from the top floor and some displays of navigational instruments & such at the bottom (not sure if it was like a "lighthouse" back then); you'll actually pass by it just before getting to this museum but you need the museum ticket to enter the grounds of that tower.

I would suggest a "full day" at the Old Town area starting with Museum Bank Indonesia (in a beautiful heritage building with displays of "old monies" & some wax figures like the ones at this museum as mentioned above but with the "banking theme") which is just across the street from Kota Bus Station (great for "souvenir shopping" below on like the basement level of the station); then head to Fatahillah Square (cross back the street after coming out of Museum Bank & just a short walk to the left to get to the south end of the Square) with the History Museum, Wayang Museum, shops & restaurants; then from the north side of the Square to this museum & the old port Pelabuhan Sunda Kelapa is a walk of 20 to 30 minutes (just about 20 minutes actually from the Square to the old port, and about another 10 minutes from the old port to this museum).
Written 17 April 2018
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Luther L
Camas, WA8 contributions
Just ok
Mar 2018 • Couples
The Maritime Museum covers a lot of history with many wooden boats displayed.
Unless you’re interested and have the time to read them in detail, it’s kind of boring a bit.
Written 15 March 2018
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Furhana I
15 contributions
Well worth it!
Feb 2018 • Family
A hidden gem. Beautifully presented in a lovely old building. English notes with many exhibits so we could really understand what it was all about.
Written 2 March 2018
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Afif Amrulloh
Jakarta, Indonesia68 contributions
Full of Hostory
Jan 2018 • Friends
A nice historic building, the collection is amazing and well maintained,m. You will see that Batavia is one of the most Harbour since years ago. This place is actually a hall to collect ‘rempah’ before being shipped.

If you are in this area dont forget to visit Menara Syahbandar, Galangan VOC and also Sunda Kelapa Harbour, all is close each other . It will be a worth visit, learn how Batavia (the old Jakarta) is one of the biggest harbour in Asia since 5 century. Many cool place to shoot a photo if you are interest in photography.
Written 5 February 2018
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