JAKARTA: The Fatahillah Museum of History in Kota Tua, West Jakarta, will be closed for two years to allow for conservation work to be carried out on the badly damaged museum complex.
Museum manager Enny Prihantini said many parts of the museum were beyond repair, including walls, flooring and windows.
“We hope the conservation work can begin in 2012. [We expect] the conservation project to run for two years. So, the museum will be closed until 2014,” Enny said Friday, as reported by kompas.com.
She added that the project would be conducted with aid from the Dutch government.
The result of a research project on the museum building was submitted to the Dutch government on July 5. The building, built by the Dutch East India Company (VOC) in 1712, once served as the Jakarta (then Batavia) Town Hall. Former Jakarta governor Ali Sadikin converted the aging building into a museum in 1974.