WELCOME TO BANDUNG GEOLOGY MUSEUM
This museum was established on May 16, 1928 and later was renovated with the funding assistance from JICA (Japan International Cooperation Agency). Geology Museum is located at Jalan Diponegoro, near Gedung Sate. In the museum, you can obtain various information related to geology and see some interesting collections, such as the skull (fossil) of first human being in the world, the skeleton fossils of prehistoric animals, 156 kg meteorite that fell on March 30, 1884 at Jatipelangon, Madiun. As a historic monument, this museum is considered a national heritage and is protected by government regulations. It stores and manages abundant geological materials, such as fossils, rocks, and minerals gathered during the fieldwork in Indonesia since 1850.
Opens every day from 9:00 am to 03:00 pm Friday, except on Friday and on national holidays Except Day Friday Holiday and national red letter day
Concerning fare, opened by museum is year 1929 by government of Indies
If you would like to see the collections of the museum which was inaugurated by the Dutch East Indies government in 1929, you have to pay Rp. 2000,00 for each person , but only Rp. 1500,00 if you are a student. A special ticket prize, Rp. 1000,00, is offered to students visiting in group. The museum opens at 09.00 am-03.00 pm from Monday to Thursday and at 09.00 am-01.00 pm on Saturday and Sunday. On Friday and national holidays, however, the museum is closed for the sake of objects collection treatments.
A BRIEF OF BANDUNG GEOLOGY MUSEUM
The Geology Museum was originally functioned as a laboratory and storage of geological and mining investigations result from various parts of Indonesia. Later, it was developed to be not only as a research facility but also as an education facility, a facility providing various information about geology and tourism.
The shift of museums function in accordance with advances in technology makes the Geology Museum become:
- a place for non-formal education associated with the earth and its preservation efforts.
- a place where people conduct a preliminary study before the field research. In this context, the museum serves as a geology information centre describing the condition of Indonesia's natural geology in the form of visual aids collection.
- an interesting Geotourism object.
Bandung Geology Museum is divided into several exhibition halls which occupy the first and second floors.
Divided into 3 main rooms: orientation room, west wing room and east wing room.
the room contains a geographical map of Indonesia in the form of wide screen reliefs showing an animation of geological activities in Indonesia. The room is also provided by the museum information and education and research service.
West Wing Room
the room is known as the room of Indonesian geology, which consists of several chambers/booths providing information related to:
- The hypothesis of the formation of the earth in the solar system.
- Regional tectonic order that forms the geology of Indonesia; manifested in the form of mock-up model of the movement of active earth plates.
- The geological condition of Sumatera, Java, Sulawesi, Maluku, Nusa Tenggara and Papua.
In addition to the model and information panels, each chamber in this room also exhibits various types of rocks (igneous, sedimentary, metamorphic) and mineral resources from various area in Indonesia. The world of rocks and minerals occupy the western booth which exhibits diverse types of rocks, minerals and its crystallography composition in the form of panels and original displays. The same room also exhibits the activity of geological study of Indonesia, including various equipments/field equipments used, mapping and research facilities, the results of the activities such as maps (geology, geophysics, volcanism, geomorphology, seism tectonic and more), and diverse collection of publication or literature as a means of data socialization and Indonesian geology information. At the eorner, volcanoes are visualized to perform the state of several active volcanoes in Indonesia including: Tangkuban Perahu, Krakatoa, Galunggung, Merapi and Batu. In addition to the information panels, the room is equipped with a model of Kelut-Bromo-Semeru volcanoes complex. Some samples of rock resulted from volcanic activities are displayed in a glass cabinet.
East Wing Room
The room portrays the history of living creatures’ growth and development, from the primitive one to the modern one. The room is known as the Room of history of life.
Image panels decorating room wall early with information about situation of formed earth around 4, 5 billion years ago, when most primitive mortal even also has not been found yet. Some billions year later, earth moment has started peace, its environmental supports the growth of some plant types having cell - single, which is existence of record in the form of fossil.
Bony reptile - king sized back which is life master a period to final Middle Mesozoic (210-65 million years ago) model in the form of fossil replica of Tyrannosaurus Rex Osborn (savage Type Salamander of carnivore) which is tired length 19 m, heighth 6,5 m and weight 8 ton. Life early under the sun started from around 3 billion years ago here after expand and have evolution until now. Evolution of mammal footstep which is life at Tertiary Era (6, 5-1, 7 million years ago) and Quarter (1, 7 million years ago until now) is in Indonesia which is recorded by either through mammal fossils (elephant, rhinoceros, buffalo, hippopotamus) and found hominid at some geology places especially in Java. Corps Fossil human being skull - ancient which was found in Indonesia is (Homo erectus P. VIII) and some of its other places in world collected in the form of its replica. And also with utilized artifact, which distinguishes the growth of culture - ancient from time to time? Prop of sediment stratigrafic of Quarter area of Sangira, Trinil and of Mojokerto (East Java) which is very mean in expressing human being evolution and history - ancient model in the form of and panel of maket. The history of Bandung Lake forming which is legend presented in the form of panel in tip of room. Snake fossil and found fish at geology of ex- Lake of Bandung and also artifact model in the form of its genuine. Gathered Artifact from some places in Lake boundary of Bandung indicate that the lake have been dwelt around 6000 years ago by pre-history of human being. Complete information about pickings and fossil life of past placed at separate room in Room of History Life. Sent Information among others is fossilization process, including petroleum and coal, besides situation of environment - ancient.
Divided into 3 especial rooms: west room, middle room and east room
Occupied by staff of museum
Whereas middle room and east room in 2nd room are used for demonstration, and those are known as geology room for the human life of.
Contained maket mining of biggest gold in the world, which is located in the Mountain Of Tengan Irian Jaya. Strip mine of Gransberg is having reserve around 1.186 billions ton; with copper content 1, 02%, gold 1, 19 gram / silver and ton 3 gram / ton. Alliance of some strip mine and active underground mine around him give ore reserve counted 2, 5 billions ton. Ex- Mine of Hertzberg (Mount Ore) in south-east side of Grasberg was closed in the year of 1988 representing geology website and mine able to be exploited is and also developed to become object of geo - tourism interesting. Some rock examples of Irian Jaya (Papua) are arranged and exhibited in balance box around maket. Oilrig miniature and earth gas are also model here.
Divided into 7 small rooms, which give information about negative and positive aspects of settlement of geology to human life, especially in Indonesia.
- Room 1 is presenting information about benefit and usefulness of stone or mineral for human being, and also panel draw swampy forest of resources mineral in Indonesia.
- Room 2 is presenting record activity of mineral resource exploitation and exploration.
- Room 3 is containing information about usage of mineral in daily life, either through modern and also traditional.
- Room 4 is making the point processing and management of mineral commodity and energy.
- Room 5 is explaining information about various geology danger types (negative aspect), such as landslide, volcano eruption, etc.
- Room 6 is presenting information about positive aspect of geology, especially related to volcano symptom.
- Room 7 is explaining about resource irrigate and its exploiting, also environmental influence to the continuity of resource.