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Actually museum of Mpu Tantular is continued from Stedelijk Historisch Museum in Surabaya which has made by Von Vaber was a German, now he is a Surabayanese. Foundation of Universal has made since 1933, but it has just inagurated on 25th July 1937 on Jalan Pemuda 33 Surabaya. Before he hasnít have ideas to made that museum he have are:

  1. To tell the story of Surabaya city as birth city
  2. To give a Foundation Universal which have made be a museum
Work hard has been started since 1922 where Von Vaber started to collected his data which sistematic to be used as writing part book of OLD SURABAYA. After that that book has come out the next way is writing a book of NEW SURABAYA has come out on 1933.

Museum wa bulid by Von Vaber, he started with as small object in Readhius Ketabang Room. This place is too far from from what his hopes. And then there is bergain from Mrs. Widow of Han Tjiong King to move that museum in Tegalsari which bigger about fifth time from the first place.

Because growing up that museum, that museum isnít enough. Sould be tried to be a bigger room and then he got a new building in Simpang (Jalan Pemuda 3) and paid from fund collected by peoples. Interior of this museum has a colection rooms, library, office room, auditorium. To make perfect that museum Von Vaber has connected internationally but before he get his inspiration Von Vaber died on 30th September 1955.

THE MEANING OF MPU TANTULAR

Mpu Tantular choosen as a name for National Museum of East Java because to respected his point of view about live in Indonesia and its called Power Element National of Indonesia which is Bhineka Tunggal Ika. Mpu Tantular is a philologist from Esat Java who was live in 14th Century. When he have research about the glorious period of Majapahit Kingdom.

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