Photo: The front facade of Bandung Geological Museum on 57 Diponegoro Street.
The establishment of Bandung Geological Museum is closely linked to geological research in Indonesia which began in 1850. The current building, however, was not constructed until 1928. It was first meant to be a geological laboratory in which rock and mineral samples and fossils collected from different parts of the Indonesian archipelago were to be studied and stored. The museum itself was officially established on 16 May 1929 to coincide with the Fourth Asia Pacific Geology Congress held in Bandung that year.
The Art Deco style building was designed by the architect Menalda van Schowenburg.
I am going to share with you what I know about the museum in the next few posts.
Gedung Museum Geologi di Bandung yang terletak di Jalan Diponegori No. 57 mulai dibangun pada tahun 1928 dan diresmikan sebagai museum pada tanggal 16 Mei 1929 bertepatan dengan diadakannya Kongres Geologi Asia Pasifik IV di Bandung. Gedung berarsitektur Art Deco ini dirancang oleh arsitek Menalda van Schowenburg.