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Museum Geologi

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Bandung’s Museum Geologi offers engaging and well presented displays on Indonesia’s earth sciences and natural history, a good diversion for an hour or two and a great place to take the kids, though, while this is an excellent museum by local standards, don’t expect the likes of the Metropolitan or British Museum.

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The collection is housed in one wing of an extensive colonial Art déco building, designed by Dutch architect H. Menalda van Schouwenburg in 1928 as Geologisch Laboratorium, a geological research facility—take your time to look around at the Art déco details. Four main galleries are open to the public extending over two floors dedicated to the “Geology of Indonesia”, “History of Life”, “Geological Resources” and the oddly titled “Geological Benefits of Disasters”.

The building itself is an attraction. Photo taken in or around Museum Geologi, Bandung, Indonesia by Sally Arnold.

The building itself is an attraction. Photo: Sally Arnold

The main entrance displays a fascinating fossilised elephant skeleton (Elephas hysudrindicus), discovered at Blora, Central Java, but many of the other skeletons on display throughout the museum, including skulls of early Java Man are replicas. Here a brief history of the museum building is presented in English and Indonesian, but unfortunately much of the rest of the museum is in Indonesian only, although some is translated and there is enough visual interest to still make it a worthwhile visit.

The West Wing displays an extensive collection of rocks and minerals including meteorites with exhibitions on the formation of the earth and tectonics, much as you would see in many science museums. Particularly interesting is the exhibition on the Morphological Landforms of Indonesia with a collection of rocks denoting the diverse land formations they have been taken from and photographs indicating where on a map of Indonesia they can be found—handy inspiration for travel planning to see unusual geological phenomena around Indonesia’s ring of fire.

Great for kids. Photo taken in or around Museum Geologi, Bandung, Indonesia by Sally Arnold.

Great for kids. Photo: Sally Arnold

Although interesting, the History of Life gallery in the East Wing is fairly standard science museum stuff on the subject of evolution with little information in English, but an excellent collection of fossils and the replicas of Java Man (Homo Erectus) are worth a look, and kids will get a kick out of the T-Rex skeleton replica as well as a collection of real skeletons ... Travelfish members only (Around 500 more words) ... please log in to read the rest of this story.

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Museum Geologi
57 Jalan Diponegoro, Bandung
Mo–Th: 08:00–16:00 Sa–Su: 08:00–14:00
T: (0227) 203 822 F: (0227) 213 934;
Admission: 10,000 rupiah for foreigners

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