Yogyakarta is arguably the country of museums, there are approximately 30 museums in Yogyakarta, which means 15% of all museums in Indonesia are in Yogyakarta. Sonobudoyo Museum, Vredeburg Museum, and Ulen Sentalu Museum are the most popular museums for tourists. For this time Traveladdict will invite you to get to know the Museum Sandi.
LOCATION & OPENING TIME
Museum Sandi is located in Kotabaru or more precisely at Jl. Faridan M Noto No.21. The way to get to your Password Museum can be started from Jl. Kaliurang continues to walk south towards Jl. C. Simanjuntak then you will meet a red light turn right onto Jl. Jend. Sudirman continues walking until Mcdonald can see a small road next to it, enter the small road or turn left onto Jl. Faridan Muridan Noto continues while looking at your right and you’ve arrived at the Sandi Museum. For the opening time itself you can come to:
- Monday – Thursday (08.30 -15.00 WIB)
- Friday (08.30 – 11.30 WIB)
- Saturday – Sunday (09.00 – 12.00 WIB)
- National holidays or red dates (Closed)
A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE PASSWORD MUSEUM
As the name suggests, Museum Sandi is a museum containing historical objects regarding cryptography. You need to know that Yogyakarta Sandi Museum is the only cryptography museum in Indonesia, you know… so it’s a shame if you are in Yogyakarta not stopping by the only museum in Indonesia.
Before entering the Museum Sandi which was inaugurated on July 29, 2008, let us discuss the history of this small museum with two floors and nine rooms. Before being located in the new city, which occupied the old building belonging to the Indonesian Air Force (AURI), they shared the building with the Museum of Struggle which is located in Mergangsang, this is because the construction of the Sandi Museum was hampered by an earthquake in 2006. The presence of the Museum Sandi was the idea of Sri Sultan Hamengkubuwono X and Maj. Gen. Nachrowi Ramli.
ENTER THE PASSWORD MUSEUM
After discussing the history of Museum Sandi, let’s see what this museum looks like. Arriving at the location, we will immediately be greeted with a typical Dutch colonial-style building as far as the eye can see, a sign that says SANDI MUSEUM clarifies the location you are on. Entering there are a small desk and a receptionist and a guest book asking to be filled, an entrance ticket ?? There is no Museum Sandi you can visit for free, it’s fun, isn’t it.
Without paying a ticket, visitors who come will be accompanied by a guide during their tour of the Sandi Museum and explain everything about the museum. There are around 30 or more collections of goods in the form of code equipment, both original and imitation, consisting of sheet documents or scrolls of cipher paper such as skystales, C codebooks, cipher books, Cardan Grille, photos of characters related to passwords, and so on.
Based on the story of a guide at the Sandi Museum, he said that in the early days of Indonesian independence, Dutch soldiers were still often hacked because of the use of old codes from the colonial period. Dr. Roebiono Kertopati, a coder for this secret code, finally thought and was moved to form a new code that was only understood and used by the Republic of Indonesia. The new code was then written in 6 books called “Code C Book” as one of the Museum Sandi collections, each book containing 10,000 passwords using Dutch and English.
If that is the history of one of the Museum Sandi collections related to Indonesia, there are also collections from other countries from ancient Greece, namely a scroll-shaped code called Skytale. Then there is Cardan Grille, a password in the form of long writing that is cracked using a special key in the form of a punched paper. Book Cipher, a code in the form of long writing which is almost the same as Cardan Grille, except that the key is a sequence of numbers, each of which tells the position of the letters in the paragraph. For example, the number 51322, the first number is a paragraph, the second number is a sentence sequence, and so on.
PLAY WHILE LEARNING
There are also interesting facilities in the Museum Sandi, namely the playroom or called Crypto Games using touchscreen media so that visitors can learn and play directly at Museum Sandi, interesting, isn’t it? One of the games visitors can try is cracking the vigenere code, the classic coding system that is the basis of modern encryption in various worlds. In one of the rooms in the Museum Sandi, there are a number of computers that visitors can use to find or find out more complete information related to cryptography. Of course, with the presence of such facilities, visitors can get to know the world of cryptography in Indonesia more closely
Some time ago, for example, Museum Sandi invited several communities to participate in a small competition held by the museum, of course, the competition was not far from coding, yes, the competition for breaking codes. Not only facilities for visitors, facilities such as maintenance rooms are also available to keep the collection of items intact and not damaged by the times.
If you are still curious about Museum Sandi activities but you can’t come directly to the place, you can check Instagram Museum Sandi at @museum.sandi so you won’t miss the latest information from Museum Sandi if you are in Yogyakarta.
Eits … don’t leave before leaving let’s practice cracking Morse code below