History Museum, Jakarta
These are the remnants of the Dutch colonial capitol. The museum won't overwhelm you but some of the history is interesting and if you like teak furniture (as I do), its fun to look around and think about what would look great in your home. The building, which was the old city hall, was constructed in 1707 and is probably the best part of a visit here.
The museum is housed in the old Dutch Stadhuis or city hall. The museum focuses on the colonial element and the Dutch residents. There are beautiful antiques here. The building is very interesting. Nearby are covered wells-were many prisoners were supposedly drowned. I don't think there is any water there anymore.
Across the square is the famous Cafe Batavia.
The Jakarta History Museum is housed in the former Dutch colonial Stadhuis (city hall) of Batavia, which was built in the early 18th century. Today, the museum displays artefacts from throughout Jakata's long history.
Personally, I found the building itself to be the most interesting aspect of the museum, making it well worth the visit.
Jakarta History Museum / Fatahillah Museum
This museum, housed in the old Batavia Town Hall, is probably the most solid reminder of Dutch rule anywhere in Indonesia. The large, bell-towered hall was built in 1627 and served the administration of the city, the law courts, and even housed Batavia's main prison compound. These days, it's the place to go if you're into heavy carved furniture and other memorabilia from the Dutch period. Among the more interesting exhibits is a series of gloomy portraits of all the Dutch governors-general and early pictures of Batavia. The Jakarta History Museum is inside Old Batavia, just south of the square.