The Asian-African Conference which was held on 18th to 24th April 1955
in Bandung gained a big success both in formulating common concerns and
in preparing operational guidance for cooperation among Asian African
Nation as well as in creating world order and world peace. The
conference has had a result Dasasila Bandung, which became the
guideline for the colonized countries in fighting for their
independence. It also became the fundamental principles in promoting
world peace and international cooperation. The success of the
conference was not only for the time being but also for the time after
so that the soul and spirit of the Asian-African Conference becomes one
of the most important factor that deciding world history.
is a huge prestige that gained by the Asian African Nations. The spirit
of Bandung had succeeded in widening the work volume among Asian
African Nations. As a consequence, their influence and their role in
international cooperation are increased and more respected.
order to maintain those mentions above, it is important if the
Asian-African Conference with its event is maintained eternally in a
museum where the conference was held, Gedung Merdeka, Bandung, a city
that is considered as a capital city and a source of inspiration for
the Asian-African Nations.
As a Minister of Foreign Affairs,
Prof. Dr. Mochtar Kusumaatmadja, S.H., LL.M., often met and got
involved in some discussions with some of the Asian African Leaders.
They frequently asked him about Gedung Merdeka and City of Bandung,
which was the venue of the Asian-African Conference. The discussions
were always ended with their wishes to be able to visit Bandung and
Inspired by desires to eternalize the
Asian-African Conference, the idea of establishing a Museum of the
Asian-African Conference in Gedung Merdeka was born by Prof. Dr.
Mochtar Kusumaatmadja, S.H., LL.M.. The idea was delivered in the
meeting of the Committee for the Commemoration of the 25th Anniversary
of the Asian-African Conference (1980), which was attended by
Directorate General of Culture, Prof. Dr. Haryati Soebadio as a
representative for the Department of Culture and Education.
Fortunately, the idea was fully supported including President of the
Republic of Indonesia, Soeharto
The idea of establishing the
Museum of the Asian-African Conference had been materialized by Joop
Ave, the Executive Chairman of the Committee of the 25th Anniversary of
the Asian-African Conference and Director General of Protocol and
Consular in the Department of Foreign Affairs in cooperation with
Department of Information, Department of Education and Culture, the
Provincial Government of West Java, and Padjadjaran University. The
technical planning and its execution was carried out by PT Decenta,
The Museum of the Asian-African Conference was
inaugurated by President of the Republic of Indonesia, Soeharto on 24th
April 1980 as the culmination of the 25th Anniversary of the
PERMANENT EXHIBITION ROOM
of the Asian-African Conference has a permanent exhibition room, which
exhibits collections of three-dimension objects and documentary photos
of Tugu Meeting, Colombo Conference, and Asian-African Conference 1955.
The exhibition room also provides:
- the historical events that become the historical background of the Asian- African Conference;
- the effect of the Asian-African Conference to the world;
- Gedung Merdeka from time to time;
- Profile of the participant countries of the Asian-African Conference that are performed in the multimedia.
order to welcome the Delegates of the Tenth Summit of the Non-Aligned
Movement in 1992 in which Indonesia had been chosen as the host of the
conference and became the Leader of the Non-Aligned Movement, the
diorama describing the Opening Session of the Asian-African Conference
Renovation of the Permanent Exhibition Room “The History of the Asian African Conference 1955”
the framework of the Asian-African Summit 2005 and the 50th Anniversary
of the Asian-African Conference on 22 - 24 April 2005, initiated by the
Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr. N. Hassan Wirajuda, the display of the
exhibition room at the Museum of the Asian-African Conference was
renovated. The renovation was materialized through the cooperation
among Department of Foreign Affairs, Secretariat of State, and
Provincial Government of West Java. The planning and the execution were
carried out by Vico Design and Wika Realty.
The Groundwork of
Making the Permanent Exhibition Room “History of the Struggle of the
Asia Africa” and Hall of the National Identity of the Asian African
Department of Foreign Affairs RI has a plan to
develop the Museum of the Asian African Conference as a symbol of
cooperation between two regions and develop it as a study center, the
archive center, and documentation center. One of its efforts is by
making some permanent exhibition rooms that perform some pictures and
three dimension objects concerning the New Asian African Strategic
Partnership / NAASP also some materials that describe the culture of
The establishment of the museum is planned to be real in April 2008l 2008, on the 3rd Anniversary of the Asian African Summit.
library provides many books on history, social, politic, and culture of
the Asian African Countries and others; documents of the Asian-African
Conference and its preliminary conferences; magazines and newspapers
donated from other institutions or gained by purchase.
with the extension of the permanent exhibition rooms on April 2008, the
library will also be developed as an Asian African Library Center which
its process will be started in 2007. it is hoped that the library will
be the main source of information about those two regions that provide
some facilities such as wifi zone, bookshop café, digitall library and
audio visual library.
well as the library, the audio visual was built in 1985. the presence
of this museum is also inspired by Abdullah Kamil. The room is applied
to perform documentary films on world condition until 1950s,
Asian-African Conference and its preliminary conferences, and films
about the social, politic, and culture condition of the Asian-African