A 'Starbike' passes through Jakarta's deserted Old Town, parts of which reopen on Sunday. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

Jakarta's Old Town Museums Reopen


JUNE 15, 2020

Museums in Kota Tua, Jakarta's seventeeth-century Old Town, reopened on Sunday with few visitors taking advantage of relaxed social restrictions in the capital.

The Puppet Museum, the Jakarta History Museum and the Ceramics Museum opened themselves to the public even though the Old Town area itself was still closed.

The handful of visitors who came enjoyed the rare sight of an empty square that usually teems with tourists. 

All the museums implemented a strict health protocol that included a temperature check and extra security guards who made sure visitors did not stay too long inside. 

The entrance and exit gates are now also located in different areas of the museums to maximize physical distancing. 

Shadow puppet collection in Wayang Museum in Jakarta Old Town. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A shadow puppet, part of the Wayang Museum's collection. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Jakarta Old Town with no visitors on Sunday (14/06). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Kota Tua's deserted square. Normally, it would be chock-a-block with visitors on a Sunday. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Sunlight enter through a window in Sejarah Jakarta Museum in Jakartas Old Town on Sunday (14/06). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Sunlight enters through a window in the Jakarta History Museum, located in the old Town Hall. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Physical distancing inside the museum. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Visitors taking pictures inside the Wayang Museum. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
The original 1981 Indonesian childrens television series si Unyil puppet dolls inside the Wayang Museum. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Hand puppets from the classic 1980s children's TV puppet show, 'Si Unyil.' (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Double exposure -- A Dutch inscription combine with X sign in a chair to maintain physical distancing in Wayang Museum on June (14/06). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A social distancing marker is reflected on a glass encasement protecting a 17th-century inscription at the Wayang Museum. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A Wayang Museum collection. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A court jester wooden mask in Wayang Museum. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)