11 September is not only commemorated as National Day of Radio, but it is also as the anniversary of Radio Republik Indonesia. Therefore, in this edition of Indonesian Wonder, we would like you to visit a museum in Jakarta, which until now still keeps various historical remains of media development in Indonesia, including radio. The museum is called ‘Museum of Information’. It is located not far from the city center of Jakarta, precisely at the complex of Taman Mini Indonesia Indah ( Indonesia Beautiful Miniature Park).
The museum that records the history of media development in Indonesia was founded on April 20, 1993 and inaugurated by Soeharto, Indonesia's second President. The building of the Information Museum is in the form of a pentagon star symbolizing the five elements of Pancasila and the five elements of information, namely face to face, radio, TV, film and the press. This building also consists of three floors that symbolize past, present, and future lives.
The collections in this museum are divided into 5 fields based on institutional history. The five fields include press and graphics (including printed mass media), general information, film, television, and radio. The total collection of the museum from five fields is 452 pieces.
The collection of historical objects related to radio is quite various. When entering the main building of the Museum, just in the outer yard, you will directly see a Outside Broadcasting Van of Radio Republik Indonesia. Entering the museum, on the first floor, there are relics in the form of Radio Oemoem in 1940, a gramopohone, a vinyl player and several LPs which are used to support the holding of RRI broadcast programs.
Besides a collection of objects, on the second floor of the Information museum, there is also a diorama that tells the history of Indonesian information. One of the dioramas tells of the struggle of RRI broadcasters against PKI troops not to report untrue things through radio broadcasts, even though their lives were threatened. On the third floor of the museum, there are three mini studios. One of them is the mini studio of RRI. In addition, this museum also has a library and a mini theater that can accommodate 60 people.