Exploring the History of Indonesia Banking System In Bank Indonesia Museum Surabaya

This museum formal name is Bank Indonesia Museum, but many travelers also called it as Gedung De Javasche Bank. Thishistory tourist object is located in Garuda No. 1 street, Surabaya, East Java province.  This museum location is near with Jembatan Merah and it can be accessed by the Jembatan Merah Plza line public bus from OSO terminal or Bungarasih terminal.

The History and Fuction Changing of the Museum

On 24 January 1828 the Dutch goverment established De Javasche Bank in Batavia (Jakarta).

Then on 14 September 1829 this Bank was opening a new office in Surabaya. The New Bank in Surabaya is now become the Bank Indonesia Museum.

That building was destroyed on 1904 and then it was rebuild on an area 1000 m2. The new building is using neo renaisance empire architecture and mansart design for the roof of the building. But for the pillars is decorated with Hindu-Jawa ornaments.

When on the World War II, De Javasche Bank was taken by the Japanese goverment on 1942. But it was retaken by the Dutch goverment on April 1946. Then after Indonesia gaining it full independence, De Javasche Bank was renamed to become Bank Indonesia on 1 Juli 1953.

Then this bank changed its fuction from bank office to become a National Bank Museum of Indonesia. This building aslo oftenly used for the place to hold  education, art, and culture activities.


Bank Indonesia Museum Surabaya or Gedung De Javasche Bank is consist from three floors and the bottom of the building is a underground basement. In those rooms the travelers can see many banking collections from the past.

In the first room, the travelers can see the ancient coin collections from the ancient kingdom of Indonesia.  Then there is also the collections of ORI or Oeang Republik Indonesia. ORI is the first money currency tha was used in the beginning of the independence era.

The the second room, this room has many collections of materials that was used to build Gedung Javasche Bank. Those materials such as ancient tiles, roof tiles, and many more. In this room there are also some replicas of gold bar.

The third room, In this room the travelers can see the collections of old moneymaker machine and shredder machine. Then in the front near with receptionist table there are some collections of old photos of the official residents of De Javasche Bank officer and many strategic places in Surabaya

The travelers do not need to pay for the entrance ticket because it is free to enter Bnak Indonesia Museum or Gedung De Javasche Bank. This history and education tourist object is perfect for the travelers who love to study about Indonesia history especially about banking system.