Passing the door, you will come to "front office," so to speak, where you can buy tickets and ask for a guide to take you through the museum. There are lots of pictures hanging on the wall, giving us a glimpse of how the city looks like in the ages past.
Camera is not allowed inside the museum. Bad news for many visitors, but considering our contemporary style--and selfies--over substance mindset, I can understand why. The stories and artifacts are very interesting and authentic, people should pay attention instead of clicking and posing for cameras.
The museum's building is part of a larger building that used to belong to a prominent family. It was later divided into three sections, each inherited by the three sons of the owner. Two of the sections have been purchased and reintegrated into this museum.
The artifacts inside the museum are all authentic from the area, although not all are from thr original building. There are four parts that are still authentic of the original structure: the tiles (as you will immediately see and step on the moment you enter the building), the wooden structure, the secret door (it is a "secret," so you need to visit yourself to know it), and the decorative panel inside (this one is pretty amazing and beautiful, something you should see with your own eyes).
Among the artifacts housed in the museum are women's shoes (that little shoes worn by adult women that you might have heard about), smoking apparatus from the days when opium was legal, various dresses and household items, a wooden bed, and a praying altar. Two things for special mention: there is a hundreds of years old idol of a deity, still protecting the house after all these centuries, and a collection of martial art novels (for lovers of the genres, the famous writer and translator OKT is resident of this quarter, his house still stand not far from Boen Tek Bio).
Other interesting heritage sites are the old soy sauce (or "kecap") factories, Roemboer Tangga Ronggeng, and an old mosque. Roemboer is short for "roemah boeroeng" or bird house, written in old Indonesian spelling. The mosque is also hundreds of years old. The fact that it is located so close to the city oldest temple and its large Chinese community tells us a lot about the cooperation and relationship of the city's various groups in the past.
A short walk from Boen Tek Bio and the market and residences around it, you will arrive at the bank of the Cisadane River.