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Sri Baduga Museum is one of the historical tourist attraction in Bandung, Sri Baduga Museum also have educational value which is well suited as tourist destination for families and school groups. Sri Baduga Museum is located at B.K.R Street.No. 185 Tegallega, the museum is exactly in front of the Monumen Bandung Lautan Api (Bandung Sea of Fire Monument). Sri Baduga Museum’s name was adapted from one of the most famous Pajajaran’s King in the 16th century AD, Sri Baduga Maharaja or better known by the name of Prabu Siliwangi. Let's discuss a little bit about the history of Prabu Siliwangi. Prabu Siliwangi was the one who initiated Sundanese government and ruled for 39 years (1482-1521). At this time, Padjadjaran / Pakuan Kingdom reached the peak of its development. Sri Baduga Museum adapting the old traditional Sundanese building called Suhunan building on stilts, the very typical of West Java building combined with a modern architectural style; the original building was maintained and functioned as an office.

Sri Baduga Museum’s collection range from geological artifacts (featuring all matters relating to natural formations such as fossils and rocks), Biological (featuring all matters relating to the framework of human, animal and plant fossils), Ethnographic (featuring all matters relating to the objects which created by the culture of society and the identity of an ethnic), Archeological (displays all things related to the relics from the period of prehistory to the influence of the Western culture), Historical (featuring a collection of historical objects ranging from the inclusion of Western influence till now), numismatic / heraldic (featuring a collection of various currency or medium of exchange), Philological (collection of ancient manuscripts), Ceramics, Arts and Technology with not less than 5367 pieces of the collection; Most of the  collection are Ethnographical things related to cultural objects.Presentation of the collections is well arranged and intended to enable tourists to gain an overview of the natural and cultural history of West Java, as well as the phases of development and changes. Classification is divided into; the first floor is a display of an early development of natural and cultural history of West Java. In this exhibition’s layout illustrated behind the history of West Java by displaying handmade relics from prehistoric times to the Hindu - Buddhist era. Furthermore, the second floor is covering materials of traditional culture, the pattern of people's lives, livelihoods, trade, and transportation; the influence of Islamic and European culture, the history of national struggle, and the emblems of the districts and cities in West Java. As for the third floor, exhibiting ethnographic collections in the form of various forms and functions of the container, the arts, and foreign ceramics.

In addition to studying more about the historical relics of Sundanese people, tourists can also visit the museum’s auditorium that is used as an audio-visual room, and show a wide range of West Java arts both traditional and emerging art. For tourists who are not satisfied yet in digging up the information on the history of the objects on the museum’s display can satisfy their curiosity by visiting the library provided by the museum. A diverse collection of books in a very adequate amount can be read as reference for tourists who want to enjoy the other side of the Sri Baduga Museum.

by. Eriek Nurhikmat

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