Geopark Museum Batur - Indonesia's Volcano Information Window
Geopark Museum Batur – Bali has a new tourist attraction, namely the Kintamani Geopark Museum Batur. The new museum, which was inaugurated on April 1, 2016 by the Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources, Sudirman Said, displays a collection that represents the three pillars of the geopark, namely biodiversity, geodiversity, and cultural diversity. At the Batur Geopark Museum, visitors can get to know the history and geopark of Mount Batur more closely.
The museum, which is built on an area of one hectare, functions as a geopark information center, both the Batur geopark and other national geoparks in Indonesia with 33 locations. The Geopark Museum Batur was built in collaboration between the Directorate of Volcanology and Geological Disaster Mitigation, Directorate General of Geology and Mineral Resources, Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources and Bappeda Bangli Regency.
The construction of the Geopark Museum Batur needs to be done after the Mount Batur geopark was confirmed by UNESCO as a Global Geopark Network (GGN) on September 20, 2012. There is a unique feature of the Batur geopark that other geoparks do not have, namely Mount Batur has two calderas.
What is special is that in Caldera I, Caldera II is formed. The caldera on Mount Batur is thought to have formed after two major eruptions at 29,300 and 20,150 years ago. In caldera II there is also a crescent-shaped lake 7.5 kilometers long and 2.5 kilometers wide and is known as Lake Batur.
The Batur Geopark Museum has 2 floors. The first floor is the main lobby with rooms that offer geological diversity. In the main lobby, visitors can watch the diorama of Mount Batur. The diorama is presented in the form of a miniature Mount Batur and Lake Batur which is a rectangle measuring 2.5 x 2 meters.
On the 2nd floor there is a room for biodiversity, cultural diversity, and an auditorium room. In the auditorium, you can watch various educational films about volcanoes and geoparks.
In the Batur Geopark Museum building, you can also observe the volcanic activity of Mount Batur at the observation post. Observing volcanic activity can certainly be an experience and increase knowledge about volcanic activity.
The Batur Kintamani Geopark Museum is a museum with the first geopark concept in Indonesia and is precisely located on Jalan Raya Penelokan, Kintamani, Bangli Regency, Bali. You need about 2 hours of travel if you depart from Kuta. For convenience, you can choose to take a taxi or rent a private vehicle.
To enter the Kintamani Batur Geopark Museum, visitors must pay a ticket of Rp. 20,000 for adults while Rp. 15,000 for children. The schedule for visits to the Batur Geopark Museum on Monday – Thursday at 08.00 – 16.00 WITA, Saturday and Sunday at 08.00 – 14.00 WITA, while on Fridays and national holidays it is closed.
Coming to the Batur Geopark Museum can be a means of education while enjoying the cool atmosphere in the high mountains of the Kintamani region. Moreover, you can also find several tourist attractions that are no less interesting around this geopark. Given, the Kintamani area is known as a popular tourist destination on the Island of the Gods, Bali.