Jakarta's Maritime Museum reopens after flooding

Jakarta’s Maritime Museum is set to reopen today after high tides in November forced the museum to close.

Maritime Museum set to officially reopen
Jakarta Post, 03 January 2008


The museum looks like some place I’d visit if I was visiting Jakarta (which I obviously haven’t done in a long time):

Built in the 17th century, the museum originally served as a Dutch spice warehouse. The museum is now home to about 1,800 relics.

Several Japanese cargo ship replicas are also due to arrive at the museum in a few months.

Maritime heritage is extremely rich in island Southeast Asia, especially since the region relied mainly on interactions facilitated by maritime trade. If you’re in town, pay a visit to Jakarta’s Maritime Museum!


For more information about the maritime archaeology of Southeast Asia:
Maritime Southeast Asia to 1500 (Sources and Studies in World History)
Shipwrecks and Sunken Treasure in Southeast Asia by T. Wells

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Author: Noel Tan

Dr Noel Hidalgo Tan is the Senior Specialist in Archaeology at SEAMEO-SPAFA, the Southeast Asian Regional Centre for Archaelogy and Fine Arts.

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