Comfortable, maybe this is the first impression we will feel when entered into Dewantara Kirti Griya Museum. Residential atmosphere that serve as the museum which located on Jl. Tamansiswa No. 25 Yogyakarta is beautiful. The owner, Ki Hajar Dewantara wanted his residence to be a museum. Various types of books stored in cabinets, desk chairs, ancient briefcase to witness history as well as the important part and parcel of everyday life of a fighter and national education leaders. Simplicity of the famous with the slogan “Ing ngarsa sung tuladha, Ing madya mangun karsa, Tut wuri handayani“ we can see through his personal belongings. In the bedroom of Ki Hajar Dewantara which is not too extensive, lies well preserved some clothes he usually wear, brush caps, combs, canes to help walk, white bed with bed hanging even glasses that are his trademark. A number of youth photos, organization, family pictures featuring the sons and daughters of Ki Hajar Dewantara, silver wedding photographs decorate the walls of this 300 square meters building.
160 mortar projectiles that stored in a glass case at Dewantara Kirti Griya Museum is one of two Dutch mortar that deliberately directed to Tamansiswa in January 1949. This is evidence of how the Dutch feel disturbed by the constant resistance of Ki Hajar Dewantara resistant. Spirit to keep fighting to escape the confines of colonial felt very distinct in his statement displayed on one wall of the museum “Kita haroes mempoenjai kekoeatan dan kepribadian dalam menghadapi perdjoeangan nasional ini. Djika tidak maka selamanja saoedara-saoedara akan tetap mendjadi boedak. Lepaskan diri dari perboedakan ini” (We must have the strenght and personality in the face of this national struggle. If not then slave you will forever be, comrade. Remove yourself from this slavery!". A row of plaques of honor displayed in one corner of the museum, although the value of his contribution to this nation far more than that, even priceless. For his services are very large also the government set the date of birth of Ki Hajar Dewantara 2nd of May as Educational National Day.
Although the renovation several times, including when the earthquake strucked Yogyakarta in 2006, the museum manager retains the authenticity of the building of Dewantara Kirti Griya Museum. Building form and layout of the room is still the same, also the museum floor tiles that still use old-fashioned. The existence of the library which is located just south of the building Ki Hajar Dewantara’s house supporting facilities Dewantara Kirti Griya Museum. A number of archives, important documents and books, a collection of Ki Hajar Dewantara which can not be accommodated entirely in the museum, can be viewed at this library. Yayasan Persatuan Perguruan Tamansiswa (Tamansiswa Unity College Foundation) as the manager of the museum will remain committed to protecting and preserving the relics of Ki Hajar Dewantara. This commitment is evidenced by still keeping a number of other collections such as old radio and telephone, glassware, antique furniture and rocking chairs used by Ki Hajar Dewantara daily. Museum managers firmly rejected the demand from several parties who want to buy the relics of Dewantara Kirti Griya Museum even offered with a very high price.
Monday – Thursday 8 AM – 1.30 PM
Friday 8 AM – 11 AM
Saturday 8 AM – 12 PM
Closed on Sunday and national holidays.
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