Bandung Museums

(Bandung, West Java, Indonesia)

The museums of Bandung offer one of the best ways to familiarise yourself with this part of West Java and learn about some of the events that have shaped its history. One such cultural attraction in the city is the Conference (Konperensi) Museum, which is dedicated to the famed Asian-African (Afro-Asian) Conference, held here in 1955, and is often also referred to as the Bandung Conference.

The Army Museum is also very much of note and filled with military memorabilia, while for something quite different, the Bandung Geological (Geologi) Museum makes for a really fascinating way to pass the time. Inside, the sheer quantity of exhibits is almost overwhelming, with more than 300,000 different rocks, minerals and fossils alone.

Conference Museum (Museum Konperensi)

Address: Jalan Asia Afrika, Bandung, Indonesia, ID
The Museum Konperensi remembers how the Asian-African Conference helped to promote both the cultural and economical relations between the two nations. This conference was deemed to be a great success and incorporated a number of key principles from the United Nations Charter, including promoting world peace wherever possible. The Museum Konperensi is located within the Freedom Building (Museum Konperensi). The collection of exhibits include detailed photographs of the actual meeting, showing famous Third-World leaders, such as Ho Chi Minh and Chou En-Lai.
Open hours: Monday to Friday - 09:00 to 15:00
Admission: donations requested

Army Museum (Museum Mandala Wangsit)

Address: Jalan Lembong 38, Bandung, Indonesia, ID
Just a short distance to the north of the Gedung Merdeka, the Army Museum celebrates the interesting history and achievements of the West Java Siliwangi Division. Many well-preserved historical weapons and military artefacts are on display here, documenting the regions past struggle for independence.
Open hours: Monday to Friday - 09:00 to 15:00
Admission: free

Geological Museum (Museum Geologi)

Address: Jalan Diponegoro 57, Bandung, Indonesia, ID
Located on the Jalan Diponegoro and close to the Gedung Sate (Regional Government Building), the Geological Museum is to be found standing within the impressive headquarters of the esteemed Dutch Geological Service. Apart from the endless rocks and fossils, other highlights include a model skull from 'Java Man' and in-depth volcanic displays, which are spread across the three main exhibition rooms. As you approach the Geological Museum, you will likely be struck by its stylish Art Deco appearance, since it dates from the late 1920s.
Open hours: Monday to Thursday - 09:00 to 15:30, Saturday and Sunday - 09:00 to 13:30
Admission: charge, discounts for children

Stamp Museum (Museum Prangko)

Address: Jalan Diponegoro, Bandung, Indonesia, ID
Philatelists everywhere will enjoy spending time at the city's interesting Museum Prangko. Standing on the north-easterly corner of the city's Gedung Sate (Regional Government Building), this attraction houses literally thousands of stamps, not only from Indonesia, but from all over the world. You will also discover some old post boxes and wooden pushcarts, used during the past colonial period.
Open hours: Monday to Friday - 09:00 to 15:00
Admission: free