Bogor Zoology Museum

Bogor Zoology Museum is a museum located to the next of the main entrance of the Bogor Botanical Gardens in the city of Bogor, Indonesia.[1] The museum and its laboratory was founded on 1894 by government of Dutch East Indies during the colonial era. It contain one of the largest collection of preserved fauna specimen in Southeast Asia.

Bogor Zoology Museum
Museum zoologi Bogor
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Bogor Zoological Museum in 1920
EstablishedLaboratory 1894
LocationJalan Ir. H. Djuanda Blok Pengairan No.9, Bogor
Collection sizeVast collection of fossilized and preserved faunas.
OwnerIndonesian Institute of Sciences


Bogor Zoology Museum was founded by Dr. J.C. Koningsberger in August 1894, was originally just a small laboratory at the corner of the Bogor Botanical Garden (formerly known as Lands Plantentuin). The first laboratory was known as Landbouw Zoologisch Laboratorium (agriculture and zoological laboratory), it focus on insect pests on plants.

Inspired by his visit to Sri Lanka in 1898, J. Koningsberger went to collect Animals specimen for researches with assistance of Dr. Melchior Treub. At the end of August 1901, a building dedicated for zoological museum was finished and it would be known as Zoologisch Museum and Wekplaats. In 1906 the museum and the laboratory was combined and renamed Zoologisch Museum en Laboratorium. In 1912 Peter Ouwens wrote in the museum the first scientific description ever of Komodo Dragon. The museum is known as its current name after Indonesia officially gained its independence in 1950.

In 1987 the institution known as Zoologicum Bogoriense was renamed Research association and zoology development (Balai Penelitian dan Pengembangan Zoologi) which is under Pusat Penelitian dan pengembangan biologi (Puslitbang Biologi) (institute of research and development of biology).[2] The collection the museum currently had today was only placed in 1997 with grants from the world bank and the Japanese government.[3]


The Bogor Zoological Museum has space of 1,500 m2 (16,000 sq ft) and contain one of the most extensive fauna collection in Asia. There are 24 rooms in the museum and due to the fragility of some of the collection, the museum's temperature is set at 22 °C (72 °F).[4] The museum collection includes fossilised and preserved animals:

  • Mammals - 650 species and 30,000 specimens
  • Birds - 1000 species and 30,762 specimens
  • Reptiles and amphibians - 763 species and 19,937 specimens
  • Insects - 12000 species and 2,580,000 specimens
  • Molluscs - 959 species and 13,146 specimens
  • Other invertebrates - 700 species and 15,558 specimens

There is also a skeleton of a blue whale (Balaenoptera musculus), which is the biggest of its kind in Indonesia.[1]


  1. ^ a b "Museum of Zoology". Disparbud West Java. Retrieved 4 May 2014.
  2. ^ Sejarah Archived 2015-12-08 at the Wayback Machine,
  3. ^ "Melihat Keunikan Koleksi Museum Zoologi Bogor" (in Indonesian). Retrieved 4 May 2014.
  4. ^ Museum Zoologi Bogor,