Batur Geopark Museum

Central Mountains

The extraordinary geology of the Gunung Batur area is explained in fascinating detail in this museum right near the crater rim. Using interactive displays, models and rock samples, the enormous forces that continue to shape this area are made real. Expect to spend about an hour here and thank the Unesco Geopark designation for funding this complex. Note that you have to pay the region's access fees before you reach the museum.

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