Museum is a place to keep save the historic things well. Those things are very usefull for the rich of the culture, education, and as a tourism place. Mpu Tantular had built by Van Faber (a collector from Germany who had live at Surabaya for along time). In 1th november 1974, this museum had declared as "Museum Negeri Prop. Jawa Timur Empu Tantular". Actually Mpu
Tantular Museum is continued from Stedelijk Historisch Museum in Surabaya which has made by Von Faber was a German, but 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.
Work hard has been started since 1922 where Von Faber started to collected his data which sistematic to be used as writing part book of OLD SURABAYA.3.
Museum was build by Von Faber, He started with as small object in Readhius Ketabang Room. This place is too far from what his hopes. And then there is bargain from Widow of Han Tjiong King to move that museum in Tegalsari which bigger about fifth time from the old 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 (Pemuda street no. 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 Faber has connected internationally but before he get his inspiration Von Faber 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 East Java who was live in 14th Century. When he have research about the glorious period of Majapahit Kingdom.