Exploring Jakarta’s Old Batavia With Kids

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Jakarta’s Old Batavia

Tucked away amidst the hustle and bustle of Indonesia’s modern capital is Kota Tua Jakarta, the Old Batavia area of the city. Covering about 320 acres (1.3 square km), this quaint part of Jakarta has an old world charm about it and gives you a chance to learn more about the history of the city. The building that houses the museum is in itself a historical landmark since it was used as the Batavia City Hall by the Dutch colonists. Take a journey with Little Steps through this interesting area in Jakarta packed with unique museums, gardens, and more.

  • Located in the old town of Jakarta and surrounded by a garden, this Dutch colonial era building offers visitors a large collection of ceramics and sculptures from Indonesia and beyond.  Kids will enjoy exploring the area, viewing the crafts, and learning more about the art of ceramics.  There are even workshops you can sign up for too!


    The Fine Arts and Ceramics MuseumJl. Pos Kota No. 2, West Jakarta, Indonesia, +6221 6926090


  • Close by, on the other side of The Fine Arts & Ceramics Museum is the Wayang Museum. Wayang is the art of shadow puppets, a traditional form of Indonesian puppet theatre which is integral to Indonesia’s story-telling culture. You will find various types of wayang, including the famous puppet which is carefully crafted from leather (wayang kulit), wooden doll puppets (wayang golek) and paintings. Don't forget to hit the souvenir shop!


    Museum WayangJl. Pintu Besar Utara No. 27, West Jakarta, Indonesia, +6221 62929560.  Don’t miss the traditional wayang performances offered three times a month (on Sundays). You can schedule an appointment to watch the process puppet making.  


  • Located on the south side of Fatahillah square, Jakarta History Museum provides everything you want to know about Jakarta’s history. Opened in 1974, this European style museum displays objects from the pre-history period through to the Dutch colonization period. If you are interested in the history of the most ancient part of Jakarta, this museum is a must see.  Guided tours are available,


    Jakarta History Museum, Jl. Taman Fatahillah No.2 Pinang Siang, Tambora, West Jakarta, Indonesia, +6221 6901483

  • Visiting Museum Bank Indonesia offers a time machine journey through economic history.  More than just a museum on banking, they also provide the historical context of pre- and post-colonial Indonesia. You will find automated teller machines, calculators, money, stamps, and everything related to banking here.  It’s a great place to study, take photos or just walk around and explore. Bring your kids along and they will love it!

    Museum Bank IndonesiaJl. Pintu Besar Utara No.3 Central Jakarta, Indonesia, +6221 2600158


  • Located right next to Bank Indonesia Museum, Museum Bank Mandiri is a marvelous another heritage museum focused on banking history.   Play with the old machines and equipment which was used years ago including old type writers, stamps, old computers, old deposito hand writen notes), and more. And we will find their unique method in handle all of the job in that era.


    Museum Bank MandiriJl. Lapangan Stasiun 1, West Jakarta, Indonesia, +6221 6902000


  • When traveling to this area, be aware of the traffic! Weekends are recommended. The museums are located not far from Central City Station (just across the road). You can reach it via Jakarta bus rapid transport or with Jakarta commuter line. Don't forget to enjoy the night views!

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