Museums in Bali
Collected by Hannah Wijana, AFAR Local Expert
The island of Bali is a sort-of museum in itself with its showy temples, ceremonies and crafts everywhere you look, but if you want to visit specific museums for art, culture and archaeology there are a number worth taking the time to stroll through.
Jalan Tegal Bingin, Mas, Ubud, Kemenuh, Gianyar Sub-District, Gianyar, Bali 80582, Indonesia
Setia Darma House of Masks and Puppets is a free museum tucked away in a small village about 5 minutes outside Ubud. Created by a businessman with a beautiful collection of puppets and masks from all over Indonesia, and many other countries, the...
Complex Bali Tourism Development Corporation (BTDC) Area Block P, Kuta Selatan, Benoa, Kuta Sel., Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia
Discover the art, history, and culture of the Asia Pacific region at the Museum Pasifika in Nusa Dua. The collection gives an idea of the geographically diverse influences of Asia-Pacific art, including Indonesian, Italian, Dutch, Indo-European,...
Jl. Raya Campuhan, Sayan, Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia
If Ubud is the art-core of Bali, then the Blanco Renaissance Museum is its little art-gem. Surrounding a lush, 20,000sq.m. piece of land, the museum is the ultimate embodiment of the creative life of the artist Antonio Blanco. If you're looking...
Jl. Hang Tuah, Sanur Kaja, Denpasar Sel., Kota Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia
Painter Adrien-Jean Le Mayeur arrived in Bali in 1932 planning to stay 8 months and ended up living his whole life on the island. He began painting 15-year-old dancer Ni Pollok shortly after her arrival and fell deeply in love with her; the couple...
Jl. Raya Ubud, Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia
The Puri Lukisan, or temple of paintings, was the first museum in Ubud, opening in 1956. The aim was to preserve the art of traditional painting in Bali in its many styles. Included in the collection now are three main sections of traditional...
Jalan Raya Sanggingan Campuhan, Kedewatan, Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia
The Neka Museum, just up the hill from Ubud in Kedewatan, is a fabulous collection of art made by local and foreign artists in Bali. There are now about 300 pieces on display, from traditional Balinese paintings and carvings to the paintings of...
Jl. Taman Bali – Banjarangkan Banjar Blahpane Kelod, Sidan, Kec. Gianyar, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80582, Indonesia
Indonesia is made up of over 17,000 islands and so many different cultural identities, languages, traditions, and religions that it's impossible to count them all. Taman Nusa is a cultural park that showcases some of these amazing differences that...
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