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Witness Indonesia's maritime history at new museum in Jakarta

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The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Mon, January 14, 2019  /  07:09 am
Witness Indonesia's maritime history at new museum in Jakarta

A window at the Jakarta's Maritime Museum. (Shutterstock/aini wahyu hidayati)

Development of the Maritime Museum in Tanjung Priok port area, North Jakarta, is reportedly 70 percent complete at the moment, according to Kompas.com. Head of Maritime Museum Tinia Budiati said that the management office of the museum has conducted the soft launching on Dec. 7, 2018, while grand launching is slated to take place around July this year.

Kompas.com wrote that although the development is not yet completed, the museum at the former site of 20th century port management office already looks neat.

The development of the Maritime Museum in Tanjung Priok, North Jakarta, is reportedly 70 percent complete, according to kompas.com.

The museum’s head, Tinia Budiati, said it had conducted a soft launch on Dec. 7, while the official launch was slated for July.

 “In terms of construction, the building is ready, but we are still working on the finishing touches,” Tinia told kompas.com on Tuesday.

There are several rooms in the building. Upon entering the museum, visitors will find a wide staircase decorated with reliefs that show the hustle and bustle of the centuries-old port.

To the left of the building is a souvenir shop while to the right is an exhibition area that has photographs of the port and other maritime images dating back to 1850.

The labyrinthine room also displays miniature ships, ranging from old to new, a vintage miniature crane, various navigational tools, a map of the archipelago’s trade routes, ocean safety devices and equipment used at the port.

On the second floor, a book shelf stands close to a table, which is next to a window that overlooks the sea.

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Two rooms will be used for meetings and audiovisual presentations.

“We expect that things will be more in order around July, so that visitors can enjoy the history on display,” Tinia was quoted as saying.

Those who are interested are welcome to visit despite the ongoing development. The museum is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. from Tuesday to Friday, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. It is closed on Mondays and national holidays.

“Visitors who come before the official launch enter for free,” said Tinia. (mut)