1914 Semarang
Exhibition poster
BIE-classUnrecognized exposition
NameColonial Exhibition
Area26 ha
CountryDutch East Indies (now Indonesia)
Coordinates6°59′S 110°25′E / 6.983°S 110.417°E / -6.983; 110.417
Opening20 August 1914
Closure22 November 1914

The Colonial Exhibition, Dutch: Koloniale Tentoonstelling, took place in Semarang, Dutch East Indies (now Indonesia) in from 20 August through 22 November 1914.[1]: cover  Colonial exhibitions were trade expositions. It was designed to "give a comprehensive picture of the Dutch Indies in their present prosperous condition."[2] It was the first large scale exposition in the Dutch East Indies,[1]: 2  and financed by the participating corporations with a subsidy from the Dutch East Indies government.[1]: 6–7 

The architect was Maclaine Pont.[1]: 22 


There were displays including companies, foreign states and areas within the Dutch East Indies. One area of the grounds had pavilions dedicated to cocoa, coffee, kapok, and tea.[3]

Dutch East Indies

There was a Balinese, an Aceh pavilion central Java, and Semerang pavilions.

Foreign states

There were pavilions from Australia, China, Formosa (Taiwan) and Japan.


There were pavilions from several companies including German hardware manufacturing business Carl Schlieper, the Netherland Indies Gas Company (NIGM), Nestlé, and the Dutch shipping company Koninklijke Paketvaart-Maatschappij (KPM).


The Aceh state pavilion was built in Acehnese style, without nails.[4]

After the exposition, it was dismounted and re-erected as the Aceh Museum, where it and the Cakra Donya Bell also displayed remain.



  1. ^ a b c d M.G. van Heel (2016). Gedenkboek van de Koloniale Tentoonstelling Semarang. Mercurius.
  2. ^ "Calendar". The Independent. 13 Jul 1914. Retrieved 5 August 2012.
  3. ^ KOLONIAL-TENTOONSTELLING SEMARANG 1914 Plattegrond (Map) (in Dutch).
  4. ^ "Rumah Aceh | Banda Aceh, Indonesia Attractions - Lonely Planet". Retrieved 12 May 2020.