Jakarta Cathedral Museum, Central Jakarta

Location of Jakarta Cathedral Museum is on the balcony of Jakarta Cathedral building. It was formerly home to a church choir which was then converted into a museum because the condition was no longer possible to be used as intended before.

Cathedral Museum was inaugurated on April 28, 1991 by Mgr Darmaatmadja SJ when he served as Chairman of the Indonesian Bishops Conference and Archbishop of Semarang.

In the Cathedral Museum visitors will find a collection of tools worship, chasuble, sculpture, collection of books, paintings, photographs, lounge, and other interesting objects that are stored in this place.

Among the collection of worship tools are:
  1. Baroque-style monstrance used by Pastor Limburg. These objects were made in the city of Roermond around 1700 AD. The monstrance is a container that was used to display the Eucharist Host already consecrated in the ceremony of Most Holy Sacrament Blessing
  2. A shepherd's staff with inscription reads "Huldeblijk van Sittard in 1875" which was awarded to Mgr. Claessens by residents of his hometown
  3. Cups awarded in 1876 by the Dutch East Indies Catholics community to Mgr. A. Claessens
  4. Stick awarded by Pope Paul VI to the Archbishop of Jakarta, Mgr. Leo Soekoto, SJ, in December 1970
  5. Cup used by Pope John Paul II in 1989 when visiting Jakarta
  6. Framed prayer text which until 1965 stood on the altar table
  7. Ciborium from the year 1956 and Ciborium made in November 1, 1965
  8. Cup with images of 6 Saints in its footer, namely St. Aloysius Gonzaga, St. Peter, St. Ignatius de Loyola, St. Francis Xavier, St. John de Brito, and crucified Jesus.
  9. Monstrance that was first used by the late Romo Soenarwidjaja, SJ
  10. Monstrance with 6 pictures of Santo Santa on its footer as well as a small relief of angels and Saints, i.e St. Ignatius, St. Vincent, St. Lurentius, St. Charles Borromeo, St. Comelius, and St. Elizabeth

While the chasuble collection is stored in an antique armoire. Chasuble is the outermost layer of clothing that used by Catholic clergy. There are old-fashioned five-colored chasuble, chasuble for Mass Tripria, chasuble triplicate used by bishops as symbols of rank in Pontifical Mass as deacon, priest and bishop.

There is also a mitra or bishops worship cap, including Mgr Willekens mitra decorated emblem, and mitra of Pope Paul VI. White chasuble commonly used for daily worship, while red and purple chasuble used to show grief, as in the Easter event and coffin lid Mass.

Among collection of statues in the Cathedral Museum are Sacred Hearts, A pair of angels derived from the graves of priests in the Tanah Abang cemetery; The Bun Virgin Mary, flanked by pairs of Javanese men and women who were worshiping; Three small statues made by Pater Reksaatmadja, SJ around 1930 in the Netherlands; Rowboat ridden by Bonneke SJ Father, a Jesuit priest who died in Flores more than 200 years ago; Peter Paul and The Ursuline Sisters statues.

Books Collection at the Cathedral Museum are Marriage Blessing Book 1886, Baptist Book 1811, Mass Books in Latin, Gregorian song Books for choir, Profane books, scientific and entertainment books on the Indies Among the paintings and photos in the Cathedral Museum are Photos of old Batavia and two large maps showing the development of the Catholic Church in Indonesia and Jakarta; Historic photos depicting construction process of the Cathedral building; Small painting of the cathedral and the rectory, made between the years of 1880 to 1890; and paintings from bananas tree bars, made by Kusni Kasdut who was baptized in Cipinang prison on December 1968.

At the Lounge of Cathedral Museum there is a set of tables and chairs made of marble, and also equipments (scales, water filters, glass tables) from the Netherlands for the rectory. There is also an antique clock made in the Netherlands from the 17th century with day and date indicator.

Other collections kept in the Cathedral Museum are organ, relics of eight Saint members of Santo Jesus, vandel of a Youth Association St. John Berchm, a license from Office of the Governor General, symbol of the church pennant, mission can to collect coins for Jesuits putters mission in Indonesia, as well as Alat Mati Raga. Access to the Museum using TransJakarta get off at Juanda Stop, then walk about 300 m. Commuter Line get off at Juanda Station, walk around 500 m. Metromini P-15 direction to Senen get off in front of the cathedral.

Jakarta Cathedral Museum

Address: Jl. Katedral No.7B, Pasar Baru. Sawah Besar, Central Jakarta. GPS Location: -6.169334,106.832822, Waze. Open on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 10.00 – 12.00. Free entrance ticket. Map of Jakarta . Destinations in Jakarta . Hotel in Central Jakarta.
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