Museum Benteng Vredeburg

Attraction Jalan Jenderal Ahmed Yani 6, Yogyakarta 55121, Indonesia Published on: 21-03-2016

1 hour
08:30 AM - 04:00 PM
08:30 AM
09:30 AM
Second-time visit
0.80 USD

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Museum Benteng Vredeburg was a former colonial fortress located in the city of Yogyakarta. The military complex has been converted into an Independence Struggle Museum which was opened in 1992.

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Why Museum Benteng Vredeburg is special ?

Vredeburg Fort was built by Sri Sultan Hamengku Buwono I in 1760, based on the request from Dutch government, Nicolas Harting. The construction was first functioned as a fort in rectangle form. Each corner of the building had a guard post called seleka or bastion which was given a name; Jayawisesa (northwest corner), Jayapurusa (northeast corner, Jayaprakosaning (southwest corner), and Jayaprayitna (southeast corner).

In 1762, Nicolas Harting was replaced by W.H. Ossenberch who later on, persuaded Sultan to construct the fort permanently. Sultan granted the request and the construction began in 1767 under the supervision of Ir. Frans Haak, the Dutch expert of construction. The construction was finally finished in 1787. The building was named Rustenberg that means “rest fort”. In 1867, earthquake in Yogyakarta tore down Rustenberg Fort. The building was renovated and the name was changed into Vredeburg fort that means “peace fort”. The name is used until today.

Today, the function of the fort becomes National Struggle Monument that is called Vredeburg Fort Museum. It was officially launched on November 23, 1992. The museum often functions as a place to hold art and culture activities.


What to explore at Museum Benteng Vredeburg?

In the Museum of Vredeburg Fort has many antiquities from the Netherland era. There, you will also see dioramas from before Indonesia’s proclamation era until New Orde or Orde Baru era. Besides, you can also see many historical objects, pictures from the past, and even paintings about how Indonesia’s heroes in the past struggled to defend the country.

Although the place has been restored several times, the original form of the building is still maintained. So, you do not have to worry that it is not similar to how it looked like in the past. The only area changed is the indoor part as now the function of Vredeburg Fort is as a museum. Occasionally, seminars are held here but the must be an appointment beforehand. Furthermore, the place also provides a free Wi-Fi. There is also a library so if you want to know about Indonesia’s or Yogyakarta’s history, you can read the books there.


How to get to Museum Benteng Vredeburg?

Situated at the heart of Yogyakarta city, to reach Vredeburg Fort is very easy. You can take Trans Jogja bus line 1A, 2A, or 3A, stop at Gedung Agung Shelter. You can also take city bus line 4, 10, 18 and 19. If you want to try the traditional transportation in Yogyakarta, you can take pedicab or horse cart.


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  • If you need a guide to explain the history and intricacies Vredeburg, you should contact the manager.
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  • Some exhibits also don't have English descriptions, you should come with a local or search information by yourself.
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  • If you want to travel around the museum by riding bicycle, you can rent the bicycle available in this museum by paying Rp 5,000.
  • If you bring a laptop, you can surf the cyberspace while sitting on the lawn lush and beautiful castle. This is because Vredeburg have free hotspots for visitors.
  • Inside the fort, there's one beautiful cafe with reasonable price that can be your short escape from Malioboro.
  • Fort Vredeburg Museum opens on Tuesday – Thursday at 8:30am – 4:00pm, Friday at 8:30am to 11:am, Saturday – Sunday at 8:30 am – noon, and on Monday and national holidays, the museum closes.
  • It's easy for you to combine with visit to batik market, Malioboro, Kraton, and a look at Bank Indonesia and Presidential Palace (opposite).
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  • Parking is available outside the museum for IDR 5000.


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The interesting museum in jogja..

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Better take photos not at night bcs it'll be no good result. Choose day is the right one!;)

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bangsa yang besar adalah bangsa yang tidak melupakan sejarah"Soekarno"

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Selain museum yang bernilai sejarah tinggi juga menarik, Benteng Vredeburg juga kerap menjadi venue pameran-pameran kesenian maupun festival makanan/jajanan/kuliner. Tempat asyik untuk tamasya.

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tempat paling nyaman kalo malam...

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I've been to history museums in the past where the exhibits were done in such a way to capture your interest. I've also been to interesting forts where the exhibits are done in such a way that it is fun (some of the forts in Singapore for example).This museum is BORING. Unless you are fanatic about Indonesian history, the exhibits are done in as boring , dry and academic as possible. Not recommended.

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It will be a good tourism attraction if they provide more information about the place, so we'll know the history of every building inside the fortress.

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To be honest, there's nothing interesting about the fort but... in front of it, there are many benches where the locals like to sit. See an interesting person there? Walk towards the traffic light near the intersection, find the girls who sell flowers, buy one, go back to that person, give the flower to them and talk. Good luck! I made one friend there, she's a music teacher. I can't wait to meet her again the next time I visit Jogja again.

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If you like history and if you're Dutch (like me) you'll love this place! It's located on a strategic place (of course) near the kraton and still very much intact! This former Dutch fort was used to keep an eye on the Sultans and to 'protect' him. It's not a big place but worth the money (and you don't pay that much entrance fee anyway). If you walk to the back you can go up the defense walls and walk almost completely around.

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Selain museum yang bernilai sejarah tinggi juga menarik, Benteng Vredeburg juga kerap menjadi venue pameran-pameran kesenian maupun festival makanan/jajanan/kuliner. Tempat asyik untuk tamasya.

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