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Museum Bahari (Maritime Museum)

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Indonesia’s maritime trading history literally put the archipelago on the map, and Jakarta’s Museum Bahari (Maritime Museum) focuses on the importance of this age of commerce and discovery as well as traditional seafaring and its significance to the nation referred to as “Tanah Air” literally “the land and the sea”.

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The museum occupies historic spice warehouses built by the Dutch East India Company in the 1600s. Sadly on 16 January 2018 a fire ripped through the 17th century heritage buildings and razed much of the fascinating collection. It’s a crying shame, said to have been caused by an electrical short circuit which highlights the general neglect and lack of maintenance in many of Jakarta’s museums. Over 300 years of history up in smoke. Nevertheless, the museum is open to the public and what was salvaged is enough to still ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 500 words.)

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