History Museum Sultan Mahmud Badaruddin II. The museum has a historical heritage of the Palembang. Located on the banks of river Musi, the museum is exhibiting a wide range of collections ranging from archeology, ethnography, biology, art and especially information about numismatics (numismatics) to study or collection of currency.
In this museum, you can find a variety of historical relics ranging from a collection of photos Kedukan Bukit inscriptions, ancient Buddha statues and Amarawati Ganesha, as well as various other historical remnants including those from the Sriwijaya era.
Sultan Mahmud Badaruddin II was the ruler of Palembang since 1803 until 1821. The museum was once the palace of the Palembang Darussalam Sultanate. Originally known as the Keraton Kuto Kecik or Keraton Kuto Lamo, this building along with the Palembang Grand Mosque was built during the Sultan Mahmud Badaruddin Jayo Wikramo or SMB I. Unlike the other buildings of the same era that using wood, this palace was built with bricks.
With the arrival of the Dutch in the 17th century, the palace was occupied by the colonial army. During the war Palembang in 1819, the Dutch landed 200 troops stationed in the Keraton Kuto Lamo. After Sultan Mahmud II Badadruddin arrested and exiled, the Dutch plundered and destroyed buildings in Palembang, including the Keraton Kuto Lamo. In 1823, the Dutch began to reconstruct the collapsed buildings. Old palace Kuto ruins, rebuilt the residence of the Royal Dutch commissioner in Palembang, Yohan Isaac van Sevenhoven. In 1842 the building was completed and locally known as the cochlea.
History plays an important role in the existence of this building when the Japanese arrived in the 1940s. With the 2nd World War raging in the Pacific, this historic building used Japan as their military base. After Indonesia proclaimed independence in 1945, the building became a military base regiment IV Indonesia: Sriwijaya.