Photo: Remnants of the past.

Museum Dokter Mohamad Saleh

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Dedicated to Probolinggo’s favourite son (though he was actually born in Central Java), Museum Dokter Mohamad Saleh traces the life and times of Mohamad Saleh and the hospital he founded.





Born on March 15, 1888, Mohamad Saleh was a graduate of STOVIA (School tot Opleiding van Indische Artsen), a school set up by the Dutch in Batavia (now Jakarta) to educate local physicians to help alleviate the health problems of the local populace. Once he completed his training, Saleh was dispatched to a number of regional centres including Central Sulawesi and Central Java before finally ending up in Probolinggo.

Took us a few goes to catch the museum when it was open! Photo taken in or around Museum Dokter Mohamad Saleh, Probolinggo, Indonesia by Stuart McDonald.

Took us a few goes to catch the museum when it was open! Photo: Stuart McDonald

The house was residence, medical clinic, meeting venue and gathering point and all these strands can be seen with a visit to the museum today. Unfortunately there is no English signage whatsoever on the premises but if you are in luck (as we were) an English-speaking staff member will walk you through and explain what you’re looking at—even if much of it is self-explanatory.

The tour commences with a photographic history of the Doctor and his family—they had eleven kids so there are quite a few photos—and then you move through the house, passing through the bedrooms, dining room, and meeting room. Rooms are sparsely furnished, but some feel like the contents have been left as is—it felt more abandoned in situ than deliberately staged. Note the large Dutch safes, some rooms with more than one. We swung one open to see a bankbook laying in there still as if it has been cleaned out in haste.

Part of the doctor’s library. Photo taken in or around Museum Dokter Mohamad Saleh, Probolinggo, Indonesia by Stuart McDonald.

Part of the doctor’s library. Photo: Stuart McDonald

After the main house you then move to the hospital, which was Probolinggo’s first. Little remains save a sink in the corner, a few metal framed beds (no mattresses) and a marble stopped table which was used for sterilising medical ... please log in to read the rest of this story.


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Museum Dokter Mohamad Saleh
Jl Dokter Mohamad Saleh #1, Probolinggo
Tu–Su: 08:00–14:00
Admission: Free

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