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Museums in Bali - Guide to all (Art) Museums in Bali

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Bali offers to all those who are interested in the history of the island, plenty of museums that are well worth a visit and give visitors more background information about Bali as well as enabling tourists to understand the culture a bit better.

In the area of Ubud it is possible to find plenty of “art museums” which are nothing other than overpriced art galleries and the artworks there are probably more than 3 or 4 times the actual price charged at the local markets. Falling in love with a local artwork can sometimes be inevitable, however it’s important not to rush things and be pushed around by other people. Insteadgo to another art gallery or a local market and try to find the same or a similar product. Obviously this doesn’t count for artwork done by Antonio Blanco or other very famous painters in Bali.

Some of the museums are really specialized, such as the Subak Museum, which explains the water management system for the rice paddies and other agricultural subjects. It is highly recommended to combine a visit of the museums with other cultural highlights, especially if the museums that are chosen are located outside the main tourist areas. Please download travelling BALI’s leading holiday application completely for Free! It makes it very easy to find out which highlights are located just around the corner from the attraction that is being visited.

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Have a wonderful stay on the "Island of the Gods".


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Museum Guide - Museums in Bali - Art Museum

Bali’s BestMuseums -Museum Seni Lukis Klasik or Nyoman Gunarsa Museum in Bali – The Art Museum for ancient and modern paintings

The ancient and modern paintings in this museum are from Klungkung. Furthermore this three-storey museum follows the conception of Tri Angga, the three parts of the human body; head, body, and legs. It was founded by Dr. Nyoman Gunarsa who was a painter himself. The museum’s art collection is a collaboration of works by painters from the days of the ancient Klungkung Kingdom right up until the present day.


Jalan Setia Budi, Takmung village, Klungkung

(5km West of Klungkung Town Centre on the main road to Gianyar)

+62 (0)362 222 56

Museum Guide - Museums in Bali - AgriculturalMuseum

Bali’s Best Museums -Subak Museum in Bali – The Museum that delves into the interesting Balinese water (irrigation) management and other agricultural exhibits

The exhibits at the Subak Museum are different to all the others. At Subak mostly traditional agricultural toolscan be seen andthe traditional rice field irrigation (Subak) demonstration in miniature is a highlight that can only be found at this museum.

Subak is the Balinese wordfor the water management system used on all the rice fields in Bali. It was developed more than 1,000 years ago and is still in use today.


Jalan Gatot Subroto, Sanggulan village, Tabanan

On the Denpasar to Gilimanuk road, take a right at the big statue in Kediri and follow the road through the left bend and past the petrol station on the right. At the traffic lights just past the petrol station, take the small road to the left into the museum grounds. The museum is also adequately signposted.

Museum Guide - Museums in Bali –Historical Art Museum

Bali’s Best Museums -Neka Art Museum in Bali – Follow the development of Balinese art through time at this Museum in Bali

The Neka Art Museum was opened in 1982 and is named after the Balinese teacher Suteja Neka. Suteja started this collection for artistic documentation. Nowadays the museum has a great selection of works from many famous Balinese artists and expats who have influenced the younger local artists.

Also at Puri Lukisan Museum it is possible to seea range of Balinese styles such as the Batuan, Ubud and even the Young Artist’s style.


Jalan Raya Camphuan, Kedewatan, Ubud

+62 (0)361 975 074

Museum Guide - Museums in Bali –Famous Painting Art Museum

Bali’s Best Museums - Rudana Museum in Bali – One of the largest art Museums in Bali with over 8,000 exhibits

Rudana Museum is a museum that was conceptualized, built and developed with a comprehensive paradigm. By occupying the building that was specially designed as a museum, Museum Rudana incorporates the holy philosophy, where each building in this Museum carries symbols of human devotion to God the mighty creator. Within about 40 years, Rudana’s exhibits increased to an impressive amount of about 8,000 artworks.

Peliatan, Ubud 80571
+62(0)361 975779
Fax: (62-361) 975091

Museum Guide - Museums in Bali –Traditional Art Museum

Bali’s Best Museums - Lukisan Museum in Bali – The traditional art Museum of Balinese art from Ubud

The Puri Lukisan Museum is the oldest art museum in Ubud and is specialized in both modern and traditional Balinese paintings and wood carvings. It is the home of Bali’s finest collection in this category. At Puri Lukisan Museum we can find all of theBalinese artistic styles including the Sanur, Batuan, Ubud and even the Young Artist’sstyles. The age of the exhibits date from Pre War times (1930’s) to the present.


Jalan Raya Ubud, Ubud

+62 (0)361 975 136

Museum Guide - Museums in Bali –Bali’s Literary Museum

Bali’s Best Museums -Kitya Museum in Bali – The ultimate museum for book lovers

In Singaraja a unique library named “Gedong Kirtya” can be found. This library collects, copies and preserves thousands of lontar (manuscripts made of palm leaf), “prasati” (transcriptions on metal plates) and books which deal with various aspects of human life, such as religion, architecture, philosophy, genealogy, homeopathy, “usada” (medical manuscripts), black magic, and so on. The library was founded in 1928 by a Dutch foundation. The collection offers lots of information about the beginning of the Hindu culture in Bali.

Opening Hours: Monday-Thursday 07:00-14:30, Friday 07:00-12:00 and Saturday 07:00-13:00

Location: Jalan Veteran 20, Singaraja

+62 (0)362 25 141

Museum Guide - Museums in Bali – Balinese History Museum 

Bali’s Best Museums - Gedong Arca Museum in Bali – A Balinese Museum with pre-historic sarcophagi

Gedong Arca is an archaeological museum with a unique collection of 53 sarcophagi that are about 2300 years of age. In the 70’s they were brought together at Gedong Arca Museum from all over the island. Besides the sarcophagi jewellery and ornaments from the Stone and Bronze Age can also be admired.


Jalan Raya Tampaksiring, Gianyar (between Pejeng and Bedulu village)

+62 (0)361 942 347

Museum Guide - Museums in Bali –Le Mayeur Art Museum

Bali’s Best Museums - Le Mayeur Museum in Bali – A stunning art collection in a Museum wrapped with Balinese architecture

The museum used to be the former house of the Belgian painter Adrien Jean Le Mayeur de Merpres who arrived in Bali in the 1930’s and it is also a great example of Balinese architecture. When Le Mayeur arrived in Bali in 1932, he settled in the little village of Klandis, east of Denpasar where he met the famous Legong dancer and local beauty, Ni Polok, when she was 15 years old.

Besides his paintings about Bali and Ni Polok, tourists can also see numerous impressionistic paintings of Le Mayeur’s travels to Europe, Africa, India and the Pacific. About 90 paintings are displayed in total.

Opening Hours: Mon – Fri, 08:00-14:00

Location: Sanur Beachfront

Address: Jalan Hang Tuah, Sanur

+62 (0)361 286 201

Museum Guide - Museums in Bali - Art Museum

Bali’s Best Museums - Agung Rai Museum in Bali– An artMuseum that encompasses visual and performing arts

The Agung Rai Museum of Art (ARMA) was officially opened by the Indonesian Minister for Education and Culture. The Museum is nestled on the side of a gently sloping narrow valley, overlooking Tukad Saka. ARMA is more than a museum, it is a centre for visual and performing arts in the community as well. It provides lots of opportunities to enjoy the permanent collection of paintings, special temporary exhibitions, theatre performances, dances, music, painting classes, a bookshop, library, reading room and finally cultural workshops.

If Art and Culture are attractive? Then join us at the Agung Rai Museum!


Jalan Pengosekan, Ubud

+62 (0)361 975 742

Museum Guide - Museums in Bali –Blanco Renaissance Museum

Bali’s Best Museums - Antonio Mario Blanco Renaissance Museum in Bali–A father and son Museum devoted to the beauty of life.

Antonio Maria Blanco (15 September 1912 – 10 December 1999) was a painter of Spanish and American descent. He moved to Bali in 1952 and was decorated with numerous amounts of Awards, Juan Carlos I gave him the official title ‘Don’. Antonio Blanco became very popular and important collectors, such as Michael Jackson and Ingrid Bergman, owned some of his paintings. The Antonio Blanco Museum opened its doors in 1998, 1 year before the death of ‘Don Antonio’. More than 300 paintings are exhibited in chronological order to show his artistic development. Surrounded by a nice garden with lots of different birds and a restaurant which provides a great place to have a delicious dinner.

Opening Hours: Mon-Sun, 09:00 – 17:00


Jalan Campuhan, Ubud

+62 (0)361 975 502

Museum Guide - Museums in Bali - Art Museum

Bali’s Best Museums - Kerta Gosa Museum in Bali– The Ex-Palace of Justice which is more than just a museum

Built in 1686 by Dewa Agung Jambe, the Gili Garden Kerta Gosa is one of the most attractive cultural heritage sites in Bali and consists of two buildings; The Bale Kerta and The Bale Kambang.Both are great examples of Balinese architecture and the paintings on the ceilings that show what will happen to sinners after life and will impressed every visitor for sure. Kerta Gosa was also the court of justice in the early 1900’s. A must visit for art lovers that also offers a great chance to go for a little stroll.

Location: Jalan Puputan Klungkung, Semarapura, Klungkung

Museum Guide - Museums in Bali - Balinese History Museums 

Bali’s Best Museums - Bajra Sandhi Museum in Bali - An informative and well-designed history Museum

Travel through Balinese time, byvisiting the Bajra Sandhi Museum, which is the perfect place to learn about Balinese History. From the prehistoric era, about 300,000 BC until Indonesia’s independence in the 1950’s, the museum offers all the basic information that any visitor would need to know. The monument was built in 1987 and is locateddirectly in front of the Bali Governors’ office in a nice park which invites guests to go for a stroll.


Renon, Denpasar

Museum Guide - Museums in Bali - History Museum 

Bali’s Best Museums - Manusia Purba Museum in Bali – A Museum overflowing with ancient artefacts

Manusia Purba Museum is a small historical museum with significant collections of prehistoric artefacts and ancient human remains. Most of the artefacts were found during an expedition in 1962.

Museum Guide - Museums in Bali - History Museum 

Bali’s Best Museums –The Bali Museum in Bali - Combine this Museum with Bajra Sandhi for a truly fantastic day out

The Bali Museum is a Museum of Art and History located in Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia.The museum was built in 1931 by architect P.J. Moojen, near the location of the former royal palace of Denpasar, which had been burnt to the ground during the Dutch intervention in Bali (1906) and used it as a model for its outside walls and courtyards.

There are four main buildings inside the Museum;

Tabanan: Displaying theatrical masks and musical instruments
Karangasem: Exhibiting Sculptures and paintings
Buleleng: Presenting Textiles
Timur: Showing Archaeological Discovery 

It is located on the East side of the Central square of Denpasar, Taman Puputan.

Museum Guide - Museums in Bali - Art Museum

Bali’s Best Museums - Pasifika Museum in Bali - More like a gallery than a museum

Museum Pasifika, located in Nusa Dua, Bali, was established as a permanent institution to showcase different art styles and forms for all humanity to study and enjoy.

With over 600 works on permanent display, the museum is an important complement to the scores of public museums in Bali and the region. Each of the eleven pavilions is represented: Indonesian, Italian, Dutch, Indo-European, Exhibition, Indochina, Polynesian, Pacific, Tapa and Asian, with engaging and insightful articles by some of the world’s leading art experts.

Museum Pasifika: Selected Artwork of Asia Pacific is a tribute to the artistic and cultural heritage of the region and is a required resource for all interested in the fascinating and complex region we know as Asia.

Location: PT Nusadewa Natura, BTDC Area, Block P, Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia (5 minutes’ walk from the Melia Hotel)
 +62 0361 774 935
Opening hours: 10:00 am to 6:00 pm daily