The Multatuli room is dedicated to the life of Eduard Douwes Dekker (1820-1887), known by his pen name Multatuli, a famous Dutch writer who wrote the satirical novel Max Havelaar. His writing denounced the abuses of colonialism in Indonesia that he witnessed during his duty as Assistant Resident of Lebak, Edward Douwes Dekker found that the forced labor imposed on the people had exceeded the limit, including the practice of extortion which had been made by the Regent of Lebak and his officials by asking for crop or livestock from its people. Despite its terse writing style, it raised the awareness of citizens of Europe at that time, that the wealth they had gained and enjoyed had been the result of suffering in other parts of the world. This awareness eventually motivated the birth of the new Ethical Policy, by which the Dutch colonial government attempted to “repay” their debt to their colonial subjects by providing education to some classes of natives, generally members of the elite who were loyal to the colonial government.
The Multatuli room has a seating capacity of 12 people.