Museums in Bandung
Museum Konperensi Asia Afrika (The Asian African Conference Museum)
The museum, also known as Gedung Merdeka ("Independence Building"), was built in 1879 by Dutch architects, Van Galen and Wolff Schoemaker, and was named Societeit Concodia. The Dutch used this building as a function building, which was the best they had those days in Bandung.
After Indonesia gained its independence, the country held the so-called Asia-Africa Conference in this building froms 18 to 24 April 1955 where twenty nine countries from Asia and Africa were present. The building was officially turned into a museum in 1980.
Click the pictures above for more and bigger photos of Museum Konperensi Asia Afrika (The Asian African Conference Museum).
Museum Konperensi Asia Afrika video (or also known as Museum Asia Afrika) from YouTube
Today the museum displays collections from international conferences, including those of the first Asia Africa conference (photos, statements, flags, etc), a library (which was opened in 1985) and an audio visual room that shows documentary films about the 1950's conditions of the nations which attended the conference in Bandung and so forth.
|Location||:||Jl. Asia Afrika No. 65 - click here for location map|
|Telephone||:||+62 22 4233564|
|Fax||:||+62 22 4238031|
|Operating hours||:||Monday-Friday, 8am-4pm, Saturday-Sunday 9am-4pm (last visit 30 minutes before closing time). Closed on public holidays|
|Facilities||:||toilets, languages: Bahasa Indonesia, English and French, free Wi-Fi, wheel chair available, library, audiovisual room,souvenir shop|
|Nearby facilities||:||ATMs, hotel, money changer, pharmacies, minimarkets, internet café, tourism information center, restaurants, souvenir shops|
|Nearby attractions||:||Savoy Homann Hotel, "Pikiran Rakyat" newspapers building, Jalan Braga, the Alun-alun|
|How to get there||:|| Within walking distance along Jalan Asia Afrika and Jalan Braga; from Jalan Merdeka (Bandung Indah Plaza, Hyatt hotel, Santika hotel, etc): on foot (approx. 1.2 kilometers [0.75 miles] walk)
From Jalan Merdeka, take an angkot that goes to Kalapa and get off in front of Preanger Hotel (fare: Rp. 2,500 for a 15-minute journey). From there continue by walking to the east, towards Jalan Braga (about 100 meters away)
|Remarks||:||not to miss! Plus a few other places of interest are nearby. For a group visit of more than 25 guests, it is suggested to call them on the phone number above before visiting.|
Military Museum "Mandala Wangsit"
The museum, which was built in the early 1910’s, is located in a former Dutch resident’s house on Jalan Lembong. The house was turned into a museum on 23 Mei 1966 by Regional Military Commander III Siliwangi, Colonel Ibrahim Aji.
Click the picture above for more and bigger photos of Military Museum "Mandala Wangsit".
Museum Mandala Wangsit Siliwangi video from YouTube
Things kept in the museum include photos of local people during foreign occupancies, weaponry and other local equipment that was used during the period of fighting for independence in Bandung regions. It has new collection, “Timor Leste” which is consist of photos of Timor Leste, currency, fabric, and so on.
The museum was last renovated in 1980.
|Location||:||Jl. Lembong No. 38 - click here for location map|
|Telephone||:||+62 22 4203393|
|Operating hours||:||Monday-Friday, 8am-3pm|
|Admission charges||:||Rp. 2,000/student (for a big group student visit). Free for public visitors, though voluntary donation is “highly” expected|
|Facilities||:||toilets, languages: Bahasa Indonesia and English|
|Nearby facilities||:||ATM, money changer, hotel, mini markets|
|Nearby attractions||:||Museum Asia-Africa, Jalan Braga, Statue of Football Player|
|How to get there||:|| On foot from Jalan Asia Afrika via Jalan Tamblong approx. 600 meters [0.37 miles]; from Jalan Braga approx. 300 meters [0.19 miles]; from Jalan Merdeka (Bandung Indah Plaza, Hyatt hotel, Santika hotel, etc) approx. 900 meters [0.56 miles]
If you want to take angkot then look for the one that goes in the "St Hall" direction from "Sukajadi" or "Dago". From Bandung Indah Plaza (Jalan Merdeka) take the one that goes to Bank Indonesia Building (fare: Rp. 1,500 for 5 minutes) and get off in front of the building and from there continue by walking to Jalan Lembong, where the museum is located (approx. 350 meters or 2.2 miles)
|Remarks||:||although it closed on Saturday and Sunday, it can be opened for a group visits with minimum of 30 guests (three days prior appointment is required).|
First established on 16 May 1929 by a Dutch administrator, Museum Geologi was renovated with financial help from Japan International Cooperation Agency and reopened on 23 August 2000.
The museum has hundreds of thousands of artifacts and fossils, as well as tens of thousands of mineral deposits, rocks and so on that were collected in Indonesia since 1850, as well as objects from overseas. From all collections that they have, the museum only displays 10% of them and they keep the rest of the collections in the “Documentation Room”. There is a library, which is located next to the museum that gives you more information about geology. However, their books are not for loan (in-house photocopy is allowed).
Click the picture above for more and bigger photos of Museum Geologi of Bandung.
A video of Museum Geologi from YouTube
Museum Geologi has a new collection of “Rock Cycle Park”, which occupies an area of 400 square meters, located in front of the museum. This “garden” has 30 kinds of stones and it was inaugurated on May 2011 and describes the rock cycle in nature: igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic. One year later (May 2012), they also added a new interactive area: “GeoDigi” concept, which is combination between geology and interactive digital technology.
On the first floor there are presentations on Indonesian geology, information on our universe, stones and mineral deposits, volcanoes in Indonesia, a replica of Tyrannosaurus Rex Osborn (T-Rex) fossils and other animal fossils, such as elephant, giant turtle, rhino, and so on.
On the second floor, Museum Geologi displays information on the gold mining area in Papua Island, which is the biggest in the world. It also gives information on natural resource explorations, how people use these natural resources, the dangers of geology, and more.
|Location||:||Jl. Diponegoro No. 57 (approx. 300 meters/0.19 miles east of Gedung Sate and Museum Pos Indonesia) - click here for location map|
|Telephone||:||+62 22 7213822|
|Fax||:||+62 22 7213934|
|Website||:||www.bgl.esdm.go.id (only available in Bahasa Indonesia)|
|Operating hours||:||Monday-Thursday 8am-4pm, Saturday-Sunday 8am-2pm, closed on Friday and public holidays|
|Admission charges||:||Rp. 2,000/students, Rp. 3.000/domestic tourist, Rp. 10,000/foreigner|
|Facilities||:||audio visual room, documentation room, library, guides available with advance booking (in Bahasa and English), souvenir shop, toilets, languages: Bahasa Indonesia and English|
|Nearby facilities||:||mini markets, pharmacy, ATMs, hotel|
|Nearby attractions||:||Gedung Sate, Museum Pos Indonesia|
|How to get there||:|| On foot from Jalan Ir.H.Juanda (Dago - just to the north of Dago Plaza) turn into Jalan Diponegoro approx. 900 meters; from junction of Jalan R.E.Martadinata (Riau) and Jalan Banda approx. 1 kilometer [0.62 miles]; from Jalan Merdeka (Bandung Indah Plaza) approx. 1.7 kilometers (1.06 miles)
By angkot: from intersection of Jalan Ir. H. Juanda and Jalan Sulanjana, take the one goes in the "Cicaheum" direction from "Ledeng" and stop right in front of the Museum Geologi (fare: Rp. 2,000 for about 5 minute journey). The other option is: from Cicaheum terminal take angkot that goes to Ledeng and get off in front the museum (fare: Rp. 2,500 for 20 minutes trip)
|Remarks||:||group visitors should make an arrangement one week prior to visit, as well as for other special requests, eg. andesite stone research. It also runs a workshop for fossil reconstruction for kindergarten and elementary students, it is located next to the “Rock Cycle Park”. Eating and drinking are not allowed inside the museum. Ticket counter is open until 30 minutes before the museum closed. Not to be missed!|
Museum Pos Indonesia
Museum Pos Indonesia is located in the same block as Gedung Sate and the building itself was completed in 1920, then turned into a museum named Museum Post Telegraph and Telephones, in 1931. The government of Indonesia changed the name to Museum Pos dan Giro (Postal Museum) in 1983 and later changed the name to Museum Pos Indonesia (Indonesia Postal Museum) in 1995.
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Video Museum Pos Indonesia taken from YouTube
Today Museum Pos Indonesia has an interesting collection of historical postal equipment used during Dutch occupation, such as antique letter scales and mailbox; philately room that keeps various stamps from the colonial era till today; photos; documents: the King’s artificial “golden letters” (hand-written in gold ink); and so on. Apart from that, there are diorama and postal vehicles used in the old days.
|Location||:||Jl. Cilaki No. 73 (across Museum Geologi) - click here for location map|
|Telephone||:||+62 22 4206195 ext. 153 or 105|
|Fax||:||+62 22 4206847|
|Operating hours||:||Monday-Friday 9am-4pm, Saturday 9am-1pm, closed on Sunday and public holidays|
|Facilities||:||toilets, languages: mostly in Bahasa Indonesia and little in English|
|Nearby facilities||:||mini markets, pharmacy, ATMs, hotel, postal service|
|Nearby attractions||:||Gedung Sate, Geologi Museum|
|How to get there||:||from the intersection of Jl. Ir. H. Juanda and Jl. Sulanjana, take an angkot that goes to Cicaheum and get off right in front of Gedung Sate (fare: Rp. 2,000, 5 minutes journey)|
Museum Sri Baduga Jawa Barat
Museum Sri Baduga is one of the more recently built museums in Bandung, constructed in 1974, and was inaugurated by the Indonesian minister of education on 5 June 1980. The name of Sri Baduga is taken from a former Sundanese king from the 15th century. Currently the museum runs an enhancement program, aiming for a full completion in 2013.
Click the picture above for more and bigger photos of Museum Sri Baduga Jawa Barat.
A video of Museum Sri Baduga from YouTube
It has more than 6,600 items, mostly about Sundanese culture, history and some Chinese artifacts that were found in West Java. The museum also displays replicas of Sundanese traditional musical instruments, housing, transportation, statues, and even weaponry.
|Location||:||Jl. BKR No. 185 (opposite the Monumen Bandung Lautan Api) - click here for location map|
|Telephone||:||+62 22 5210976|
|Fax||:||+62 22 5223214|
|Operating hours||:||Monday-Friday, 8am-3pm; Saturday-Sunday, 8am-2pm|
|Admission charges||:||adult/foreigner Rp. 2,500, children Rp. 1,500|
|Facilities||:||English speaking guide, souvenir shop, library, toilets, parking area, languages: Bahasa Indonesia and English|
|Nearby facilities||:||ATMs, pharmacies, money changer, mini markets|
|Nearby attractions||:||the Elizabeth bag maker, Monument Bandung Lautan Api|
|How to get there||:|| About 1.5 kilometers (0.93 miles) South of Kebon Kalapa ("Kalapa") angkot terminal. By angkot: from Bandung train station, take angkot that goes to Cibaduyut and get off at the junction of Ibu Inggit Ganarsih and Jl. Otto Iskandardinata (fare: Rp. 3,000 in 20 minutes of journey) and then walk for about 800 meters (0.49 miles) to Jl. BKR |
From Kebon Kalapa terminal, take an angkot that goes to Dayeuhkolot and get off at the intersection of Jl. Mohammad Toha and Jl. BKR (fare: Rp. 2,000 for about 7 minutes journey), then continue walking a short distance to Museum Sri Baduga (approx. 300 meters or about 0.18 miles)
|Remarks||:||the museum is currently under revitalization and it takes about one year to be fully ready, including a new collection, such as Sri Baduga history.|
Don't miss Bandung's Historical Buildings in Bandung. What are they and where are they? Find them here!
The "new" Train Museum is located in Graha Parahyangan Museum & Gallery. Earlier this building was a residence of Ernst Gerard Oscar, a Dutch officer in Indonesia, and was built in 1927. After Indonesia’s independence day, this 2,100-square-meter building was used as the official residence of Chief of Railway Bureau Company. And Tthen the building was used as a guesthouse for the employees of PT. Indonesia Railways (Persero) until 2009.
Click the picture above for more and bigger photos of Train Museum.
Inside this building, there are many historical objects displayed, such as railway rolling stock (locomotives, passenger trains, carriage, and crane), working tools (hat, shirt, whistle, shoes), telecommunications equipment, and many more. Visitors can also see more collections that are displayed at the outside of the building, such as railroad, crossing bells, and so on.
|Location||:||Jl. Dayang Sumbi No. 10|
|Telephone||:||+62 22 2503287|
|Operating hours||:||Tuesday-Sunday, 8am-4pm, closed on Monday|
|Facilities||:||toilets, musholla (praying rooms for moslems), meeting room|
|Nearby facilities||:||ATM, hotels, restaurants, mini markets|
|Nearby attractions||:||ITB, Arena Wisata Andong and Horse Riding, Taman Sari Zoo|
|How to get there||:||from ITB, take angkot that goes to Ledeng Terminal and get off in front of the museum (fare: Rp. 2,000 in 3 minutes of journey)|
|Remarks||:||the museum looks quiet from the outside. For Saturday and Sunday visits, it is suggested to make an appointment at least 7 days prior to visit.|
Museum Zoologi is part of Bandung zoo. Please click here for details about the zoo: Bandung Zoo.
|Location||:||Jl. Kebun Binatang No. 6|
|Telephone||:||+62 22 2502770|
|Fax||:||+62 22 2502150|
|Admission charges||:||Rp. 500|
|Facilities||:||children's playground, "Gajah Tunggang" where you can sit on elephant's back, cafeteria|
|Nearby attractions||:||Institut Teknologi Bandung|
|How to get there||:|| By angkot: : if you take the "Dago" direction, get off at Circle K just before Jalan Dayangsumbi then walk through Jl Dayangsumbi to Jalan Taman Sari (approx 900 meters or 0.56 miles) or get off at Jalan Ganesha (approx 900 meters [0.56 miles] passing through Institut Teknologi Bandung)
If you take the "Caringin" or "Ledeng" direction, you can stop right in front of the main entrance
By taxi: from Jalan Merdeka it costs about Rp. 20,000, from Alun-alun (Jalan Asia Afrika) it costs about Rp. 35,000.
|Remarks||:||the museum is currently closed for renovation. Unfortunately the expected completion date is currently unknown.|
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