Bengkulu Museum is the only city museum in Bengkulu that often become 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 can find a vast collection of objects, images, audios and ancient texts.
Bengkulu Museum was first founded in 1978, and it 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.
There are 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, is all can be found here.
By 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 - 13:00, and it is closed on Monday.
How to get there:
The Bengkulu Museum is easily accessible to all visitors via rental car or public transport. It is located just 9 kilometers from the airport, 19 kilometers from the port, or 3 kilometers from the bus terminal.