Museum of Geology
There is much to see when visiting the museum located not far from Gedung Sate . There are at least three exhibit categories you can see: the history of life, Indonesian Geology, and Geology for Human Life
The history of life presented exhibits of geological evidences of life on earth millions of years ago to the present day, including human presence and ancient animals such as dinosaurs. The Indonesian Geology exhibit exposes a range of exhibits on the Indonesian Earth, from Simulating volcanoes forming the Ring of fire throughout the Archipelago to natural resources found throughout . Finally in the Geology for life exhibit, you will see how the technology developed to explore natural resources such as petroleum , coal, and the precious stones . An interesting titbit from the museum now managed by the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources is its architecture,
built between the years 1928 – 1929. Menalda van Schouwenburg applied extensive the then popular Art Deco style. The building was initially intended for the Geologisch Laboratory . Its presence is a reminder of the development of science and technology in Indonesian geology . The Dutch rulers are well aware of the abundance of natural resources in the Archipelago and in 1850 they formed Dienst van het Mijnwezen, charged to explore geology and mineral resources . Result of the explorations were generally in the form of sample of rocks, minerals, fossils and reports and maps in large quantities. The sheer amount of samples and documents demanded the construction of the Geologisch Laboratory in 1928 .
The inauguration coincided with the 4th Pacific Science Congress on 18 to 24 May 1929 in Bandung. Like the other buildings fusing the East and the West under the Indo-Europeesche Architectur Stijl style, the Museum of Geology building was also designed with tropical climate in mind . In this case, the façade of the building is symmetric with equally strong horizontal and vertical lines and made use of spacious halls, high ceilings, and thick walls. The use of marble flooring made the room cooler while vents allow air to circulate more freely through colorful window typical of Art Deco.