Jakarta Historical Museum: Whose History?

By Irmawati Johan and Ajeng Ayu Arainikasih.

Published by The International Journal of the Inclusive Museum

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Museum Sejarah Jakarta or Jakarta Historical Museum is located in Jakarta, the capital city of Indonesia. The museum occupied an old city hall building at the center of Jakarta’s old city. This essay examine to what extend that Jakarta Historical Museum, as a city museum, represents its society. Whose history that they exhibits? The research discovered that the museum is not yet represents Jakarta’s current inhabitants. The displays are the voice of its curator, there’s no community involvement. Moreover, the museum is only housed and exhibits archaeological artifacts from prehistoric era to colonial era (which ended in 1945). Nothing about the present days are displayed within their permanent exhibitions. There are several recommendations for Jakarta Historical Museum in order to become a modern city museum which concern with urban present and future social problems, as well as to work closely with its diverse, multicultural community.

Keywords: City Museum, History Museum, Museum and Community

International Journal of the Inclusive Museum, Volume 3, Issue 1, pp.163-172. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.554MB).

Dr. Irmawati Johan

Head Department, Department of Archaeology and Cultural Resource Management, Universitas Indonesia, Jakarta, Indonesia

Dr. Irmawati Marwoto Johan is the Head Department of Department Archaeology and Cultural Resource Management, Universitas Indonesia. She is an expert in Indonesian Islamic archaeology, and as the head department, she is the founder of museology program (master degree). Beside teaching museology she also often invited as speaker in museum conferences in Indonesia.

Ajeng Ayu Arainikasih

Lecturer Assistant, Department of Archaeology and Cultural Resource Management, Universitas Indonesia, Jakarta, Indonesia

Ajeng Ayu Arainikasih, M.Arts is a lecturer assistant in museology program from Department of Archaeology and Cultural Resource Management. She got her bachelor degree in archaeology from Universitas Indonesia, and a master degree in art history curatorial and museum studies from the University of Adelaide, Australia. She worked voluntarily at Unley Museum, Australia, for a year. She was also an intern in the Migration Museum, Adelaide, for two weeks, and in the National Museum of Indonesia for two months.

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