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Museum Bank Mandiri

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If your interests include Art deco architecture or quirky old technology, Museum Bank Mandiri is absolutely worth a look—the magnificent stained glass at the entrance is worth the cost of the ticket alone.

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A fine example of Jakarta’s colonial Art deco architecture, the building was constructed in the early 1930s, designed by Dutch architects, De Bruijn, Smits and Van de Linde for Nerdelandsche Handel Maatschappij (NHM), the Netherlands Trading Society, sometimes cited as the successor of the VOC. After a succession of takeovers and name changes the bank finally ended up in the hands of Bank Mandiri who it seems dumped all their old banking equipment in this building and opened a museum.

Don’t miss the stained glass windows. Photo taken in or around Museum Bank Mandiri, Jakarta, Indonesia by Sally Arnold.

Don’t miss the stained glass windows. Photo: Sally Arnold

To be fair, there has been some attempt to offer museum-style displays of the history of trade and development, it is just very poorly presented compared to the neighbouring museum (and is mostly in Indonesian). Glass cabinets of paraphernalia including old phones, typewriters and adding machines along with stock certificates and ledgers form most of the displays on the ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 200 words.)


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