"Friends of the museum that we love, is not expected to use the flash to photograph collection of currency, and in certain other room, because there we installed infrared light, "that's the message that was brought tour guide (guide), Santy, when I first visited the Museum of Bank Indonesia in Pintu Besar Utara No. 3 Street West Jakarta.
Bank Indonesia (BI), the central bank is an institution that is vital in the life of the national economy, because of the policies pursued by the central bank will have a direct impact felt by the public. BI, which was established on July 1, 1953, has more than half a century of serving the interests of the nation.
However, there are still many people who are not familiar with BI, let alone understand the policies ever taken, so often a false perception of the BI community. People often give a negative assessment of the BI, due to insufficient availability of data or information is complete and accurate, which can be easily accessed and understood by the public.
Age half a century it will get longer again when calculated as the role of its predecessor, namely De Javasche Bank (DJB) which was established in 1828 or 177 years ago.
Meanwhile, the City Bank building, which was developed and used by DJB, followed by the central bank and its use is practically empty when not in use anymore, a building that has a high historical value at risk of damage if not used and conserved. The government has established the building as a heritage building. In addition, BI also has objects and historical documents that need to be treated and processed to provide information that is useful to society.
Guided by the desire to be able to impart knowledge to the community about the role of BI in the history of the nation, including providing an understanding of the background, as well as the impact of central bank policies are taken from time to time objectively, Board of Governors has decided to build a Museum of Bank Indonesia by utilizing the City Bank building needs to be preserved.
Preservation of the City Bank building in line with the Government policy of Jakarta, which has launched the City area as the old city area of Jakarta development. In fact, BI is expected to be the pioneer of the restoration / revitalization of the historic buildings in the city.
This is, among others, into consideration of the idea of the importance of Museum Bank Indonesia, which is expected to be an institution where collecting, storing, treating, securing, and utilizing a variety of objects related to the long journey BI. Currently there existed several museums whose existence is concerned with the history of BI, but these museums are still not used optimally by the community.
In addition, the idea to create the Museum of Bank Indonesia is also inspired by the few museums in the country's central bank, as an institution that accompanies the existence of the central bank itself.
When entering the room, visitors are immediately up the stairs to the second floor. On the second floor, which is where clients save their home or withdraw money, there are two doors. Visitors will be taken by the tour guide into the room.
Furthermore, the visitor is guided to a room, which is equipped with a projector lamp. The projector's images reflect cash stepping into the wall, and when the visitor as if to capture the image by hand, then the information will be out of the money.
According to the tour guide, Santy, all the flash cannot be turned on if you want to take pictures of the room. While in the mini cinema room, offered historical film Indonesian banks, from the Dutch colonial period, independence, until the time of reformation.
There are still many other places that can be visited, including rooms depicting economy of Indonesia during the VOC. The museum also displayed on tempoe doloe banking equipment. For example, table clock Junghas brand famous German products in the past, also wall clocks made in Italy in 1928, which is still functioning well. To turn on the clock, according to Santy, four days should be set by the clerk to the back beat. Clock reads 1828 it had disappeared from the museum, until finally bricked into the wall ceramic coated green building.
In one location iron doors weighing 12 tons, according to Santy, there is a collection of fractional currency began smallest to the largest nominal, as in many countries in the world. For example, nominal Rp 10 paper money in 1952 even silver coins from Aceh.
To enter the room must pass through metal doors half a meter thick, with a lock of special codes. According to Santy, if there are people who remain inside within a few days, certainly cannot live or get out of the cold bunker. "Never mind the human, rat was trapped in the room was going to die, because there airtight," he said.
According to Bank Indonesia Head of Region VI Jabar-Banten, Lucky Fathul Azis Hadibrata, museums including the Museum of Bank Indonesia to five of the world's best. Among the museum excellence integrated with technology, which further facilitate visitor understanding of the objects on display.
To visit the museum free of charge every Tuesday - Friday from 08:00 to 15:30 pm, and Saturday - Sunday: 8:00 to 16:00 pm, except Mondays and national holidays.
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