The Museum of a city is most often an inextricable part of the city’s history and culture. As a province and city once colonized by the British, Bengkulu holds the heritage of various cultures and nations combined in one place. Here in The Bengkulu Museum, we find a vast collection of objects, images, audios and ancient texts. Each, a timeless piece of eras gone by; a preserved moment from a fascinating history; a story of a time long since passed.
Ancient Sanskrit manuscripts from pre-colonial times, Bengkulu’s unique Bersurek cloths with their Arabic calligraphy motifs, and artifacts of the time when Bengkulu was a British colony, can be found here.
The Bengkulu Museum was first founded in 1978, though it only became fully functional in 1980. It was originally housed in what was once Fort Marlborough, a fort built by the British in the early 18th century. Three years later, the museum was moved to a new building that was considered to be more efficient and better located.
Occupying an area of nearly 10,000 square meters, the museum currently consists of two main exhibition halls; the permanent exhibition and the temporary exhibition. The two galleries are dedicated to a collection of over 6,200 relics which are classed into 10 different categories. These include geology, biology, ethnography, history, technology, fine arts and more. Nearly half of this collection is classified under the ethnography category, which is to say, the study of culture. These cultural artifacts are objects of everyday life, such as traditional woven fabrics, ceremonial items and weapons. Some of these are still manufactured today, while others are obsolete and are no longer in use.
The museum is open to the public from Tuesday till Sunday at 08:00 until 13:00.
It is closed on Monday.