Bank Indonesia Museum

Bank Indonesia Museum presents you with the history of banking in Indonesia and financial situations since the day of colonialism until the modern era of Indonesia.

The exhibition is presented with a story line using modern technologies and multimedias, such as electronic displays, static panels, plasma televisions, and dioramas. The place is full air conditioned, keeping you comfortable the whole time.

The whole exhibition area isn’t as big as The National Museum, it’ll take less than an hour for a round trip. You will start from the lobby and and end up at the lobby again.

Bank Indonesia Museum map

Bank Indonesia Museum map

The building itself was a hospital used by De Javasche Bank (DJB)- a bank owned by the VOC. Since 1909 – 1933 the building had been renovated 4 times until it becomes the building you see today.

In 1951 the Indonesia Government started buying the DJB stocks in Amsterdam stock market in order to nationalize the bank. They managed to acquire most of the stocks and on July 1st, 1935 Bank Indonesia was officially established and used the same building.

Today the building isn’t used anymore by Bank Indonesia. But since it has a high historical value, the bank decided to turn it into a museum to preserve it. It was inaugurated by the President of Republic Indonesia, Dr. Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on July 21st, 2009.

How to get to Bank Indonesia Museum

Transjakarta Bus – Depending from your initial departure, you might need to change bus at Harmony Central and take the Corridor 1 Bus heading to Kota. The museum is near the bus stop.

Bank Indonesia Museum from Kota Transjakarta Bus Stop

Bank Indonesia Museum from Kota Transjakarta Bus Stop

Read also: How to Ride a Transjakarta Bus in Jakarta

Train – near the avenue there’s also a Jakartakota Train Station.

Jakarta Kota Train Station

Jakartakota Train Station

Tips when visiting

These 2 tips are meant to enhance your experience when visiting the museum:

1. Tour guide

Bank Indonesia museum offers are two kind of tour guide service

A. An audio tour guide service

You can rent an electronic guide device for Rp. 50.000 for  2 hours, available in different languages. The last borrowing only until 13.30. The device will automatically tell you a story, when you step into each of the exhibition rooms.

You can also use the device to get information of objects you see in the exhibition. On an object there’s an earphone symbol and an indicator number. Press the number on your device, then you can hear a narrative told to you.

B. A human tour guide service

This service is only for a group of minimum 20 people and maximum 100 people. You need to make a phone call to the museum to make an appointment.

2. They have a quite nice toilet

When you are in Kota Tua/ Old City and you need a clean toilet, this one of the best alternative you can get. It uses sit toilet, water and toilet paper are also available.

3. What’s inside Bank Indonesia Museum

When you take your first step in, and past the security gate, you’ll feel immediately a modern nuance. Much different from the normal old museums in Jakarta.

At the upstairs lobby you can buy your ticket and deposit your bags. Bring your valuable with you. You go to the right to start your exploration.

The museum is divided into 6 rooms:

  1. The playmotion room
    There’s a big touch screen where you can try to catch the falling coin, and you’ll learn some information about it. This room is also called a transition room to prepare for what yet to come.
  2. The theater room
    Here you can watch movies about the history of Bank Indonesia. But it doesn’t play all the time.
  3. The history rooms
    This area is divided into two big themes, the era before and after Bank Indonesia is founded. You will learn the 5 periods that Indonesia has gone through.
  4. The green contemplation room
    This room was the place where the bank directors formulated their financial policies.
  5. The monetary gold room
    This is actually a vault where you can look some example of monetary gold bars and you can experience lifting a 13.5 kg replica gold bar.
  6. The numismatic room
    This is an interesting room where you can see Indonesia money currency that has been used since the age of kingdoms until today. There are also sliding closets where you can see many foreign currency from across the world.

1. The playmotion

There’s a big touch screen where you can try to catch the falling coin, and you’ll learn some information about it. This room is also called a transition room to prepare for what yet to come.

2. The theater room

Here you can watch movies about the history of Bank Indonesia. But it doesn’t play all the time.

3. The history rooms

This part of the exhibition is divided into two big themes, the era before and after Bank Indonesia was founded.

The presentation begins in a room mimicking a harbour. A long time ago many sailors from around the world came to Indonesia to trade, such as Cheng Ho, Marco Polo,  Juan Sebastian del Cano, etc. Harbours were very busy.

Mainly spices, such as pepper, clove, mace, nutmeg, etc. were the main attraction. Because they were worth as high as gold.

SpicesSpices are also the reason why the Dutch through VOC decided to colonize Indonesia for 350 years.

Then you’ll see a diorama of the first bank established by the VOC. The statues is made in a real human size and in quite detail.

Bank activities

The story continue to the establishment of De Javasche Bank.

De Javasche Bank

And the nationalization of De Javasche Bank.

Afterward you’ll learn about the 6 periods of economical stages that Indonesia had been gone through.

4. The green contemplation room

The board of directors of Bank Indonesia used this room to formulate their policies.

Green Contemplation RoomOn the walls there are also various objects related to financial activities.

5. The monetary gold room

This room is actually a 65 cm thick vault to keep the gold safe and it was heavily guarded. When you step in you’ll see Indonesia monetary gold bars, originating from many different countries and eras.

monetary gold replicaThe monetary gold reserves owned by De Javasche Bank had once been evacuated to Australia and South Africa, to escape the looting of Japanese military as the invaded the archipelago in 1942.

After the establishment of Bank Indonesia in 1953, the monetary gold held by De Javasche Bank was automatically transferred to the hands of Bank Indonesia.

If you want to feel how heavy one gold bar is, you can try the replica. It weighs 13.5 kg.

A replica of a monetary gold bar6. Numismatics room

Here is the exhibition room for amazing currency collection from different eras in Indonesia :

  1. Money in Nusantara Kingdoms
  2. Colonial Money
  3. Money in the early stage of independence
  4. Government and Bank Indonesia money
  5. Token money

numismatic roomYou’ll see some of the interesting item used to pay in an old days.

Ma CurrencyKampua/Bida Money - A woven fabric made by a princess in Buton Kingdom in 14th century. Its exchange rate is equal to an egg.

Kampua/Bida Money – A woven fabric made by a princess in Buton Kingdom in 14th century. Its exchange rate is equal to an egg.

Some of the glass showcases equipped with magnifier, so you can see the money clearer.

magnifierAt the end of the road you will see a souvenir shop, where you can buy things as a momento.

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