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    Museum Ethnobotany, Bogor - Indonesia

    Once again, amid the echoes of food sovereignty and end global warming - the end of this, matoa feel the need to inform the Companions of a museum in the city of Bogor to collect a variety of plants used by communities in Indonesia as a foodstuff, medicine, clothing, tools, buildings, as well as offerings in traditional ceremonies. A step-might-have been forgotten by the people of Indonesia to love and take advantage of food products in their own country.

    Ethnobotany in itself is a branch of science that studies the relationship of indigenous plants that are used in all aspects of their culture. As the name implies, this museum exhibiting objects that show the various tribes in Indonesia creativity in utilizing natural resources to support their daily lives.

    Ethnobotany is a term first introduced by a scientist named Dr.. J.W Harshberger in 1595. The science that is studying the introduction of plants used as food, medicines, clothing, tools, buildings, as well as offerings in traditional ceremonies.

    The idea of ​​founding a museum came from Prof. Dr. Sarwono Prawirohardjo who was then chairman of the Indonesian Council of Sciences (now the Indonesian Institute of Sciences) of the first. Sarwono realized that need to be made of a container to preserve the local knowledge that there are hundreds of local communities in Indonesia. Terpikirlah to create a museum ethnobotany.

    To run the idea was a variety of artifacts collected from all over Indonesia. In 1973, several leading scientists gathered at the Center for Biology. Among leaders who gathered at the museum, social scientists, social and anthropological and botanical experts Indonesia. They gathered to finalize the idea of ​​founding a museum that could accommodate the wealth of Indonesia ethnobotany.

    On May 18, 1982, to coincide with the 165th anniversary of the founding of the Bogor Botanical Gardens, Research and Technology Minister BJ Habibie Professor inaugurate the opening of this museum.

    In the room covering approximately 1600 square meters this can be found various items of plant which is divided into five aisle, each containing three to four storefronts that also contains a description of plants used.

    Ethnobotany museum store about 1600 to 2000 collections ranging from food, clothing, housing, traditional medicines, household appliances, transportation equipment, agricultural processing equipment, fishing, musical instruments, ceremonial tools, toys, as well as traditional cosmetics Overall based plants. The collection is divided into two types namely the preservation of dry and wet curing, especially for wet preservation is only used on a sample of fruit.

    Seeing the wealth of museum collections, visitors will realize that Indonesia is a nation of very creative use of its natural wealth.

    However, the ease of finding such a site when looking for a museum of Zoology, did not occur while searching ethnobotany museum. When asked where the museum is a lot of people who have never even heard the name of the Museum of ethnobotany.

    The museum is open daily Monday - Friday 08.00 - 16.00. This museum was located adjacent to the Center for Biology Indonesian Institute of Sciences Jl. Juanda 22-24, Bogor. To get even, visitors must enter from the front door of Research and Development Center, past an old building with the inscription Herbarium Bogoriense a soccer jersey are daubed on the rooftop.

    There are only a makeshift road course guide that directs visitors to the Museum of ethnobotany. And to get there down the path visitors have little to about fifty yards from the main building.

    Its location is remote and hard to find enough to make anyone who seldom visit this museum. In the two months is not necessarily a single visitor who comes. Heard it quite sad, because after visits to see more closely, this museum actually had a lot of interesting things that certainly will add to the treasures of knowledge visitors.

    Ethnobotany museum located in a five-story building located on the side Herbarium Bogoriense. The museum is not how much, from all five floors there, only the ground floor have enabled the museum ethnobotany.

    When in there, no counters are welcome, as commonly found in other museums. A large door to welcome visitors to the exhibition space in the middle of the room a large sign that read: Museum of ethnobotany Indonesia Indonesia themes Plant Utilization.

    The museum museum shortcomings are well aware that actually stores the most extraordinary collection should be seen. To facilitate access there are plans to open at the front entrance of the museum. It is not yet known exactly when these plans will be realized.

    Similarly, a glimpse of the Museum of ethnobotany, hopefully we can love and nurture the wealth of food and culture of Indonesia, and make it a force to prevent global warming in order to prevent climate change.

    Source: matoa.org

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