Bali Museum or also known as Bali Provincial State Museum is located on the east side of Puputan Square Denpasar. This place has several exhibition halls, each showcasing different varieties of historical data from the Mesolithic Age to the modern era. You will find vast collections of displays from paintings, artefacts and statues along with inscriptions. There are also weapons used in the bronze age of Bali, some religious relics and musical instruments.
The garden area is well taken care of, makes the visitors feel comfortable strolling around the museum area.
The original building was built in 1910 by Dutch citizens who cared deeply on preserving the ancient Balinese precious artefacts. On its journey, the museum has ever been wrecked due to an earthquake in 1917 and rebuilt in 1920. German artist Walter Spies also has done a lot, for the sake of this museum on its early age.
The museum area consists of the temple (puri) which divided into three sections kahyangan, pura, and merajan. The display area is divided into three buildings called Tabanan, Karangasem and Buleleng. Inside those buildings we can find artwork, ethnographic items, ancient texts (inscriptions), ceramics, porcelain statues, household appliances, agricultural tools, weapons, ceremonial tools, paintings, shadow puppets and so forth. Since early 2000, the Bali government has improved the museum by integrating few more pavilions, functioned as a library, reparations rooms (for broken artefacts), and also theatre.
Indonesian Becak Museum is located on Sunset Road – Kuta area, precisely in the area of Losari Hotel Kuta. This museum has been established since March 2013, together with the grand opening of the Losari Sunset Kuta Bali Hotel. In this museum, you will find dozens of collections of becak (three-wheeled rickshaw used as public transport in many places in Indonesia at the past), which were directly brought from several regions in Indonesia such as Makassar, Surabaya, Ambon, Semarang and many more.
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Museum Agung Bung Karno is located right at the heart of Denpasar City Center, nearby Renon Square. Inside this four-story building house, we will treasure related historicals tracks of Indonesia’s first President, Ir Soekarno ranging from more than thousands of books, speeches and writings that located on the first floor. While on the second floor you will find Bung Karno’s historical relics and artefacts, including his personal belongings such as bicycles, tables, and beds. Next, on the third floor, there are over 40 paintings and hundreds of photos created during the lifetime of Bung Karno, and on the 4th floor, you will find the replica of the house of the Mr President.
The museum is run under the auspices of the Bung Karno Library Foundation and was inaugurated by the daughter of Sukarno, Megawati Soekarnoputri.
At the opening of the museum, in November 2015, there were more than 1400 books stored in the library building in this museum area. The museum also collects various objects, and heirlooms belong to Bung Karno, and things related to his journey of life from childhood until becoming the president of Indonesia.
There is also a collection of paintings and hundreds of historical photographs of Bung Karno. By the existence of this museum, it is expected that the next generation able to recognize the figure of the proclamator and find inspiration from him.
One of the most favourite item in the museum is a photo of Megawati Soekarno Putri (the daughter of the Bung Karno and the 5th president of Indonesia) holding her son Prananda Prabowo.
The Blanco museum is a place where you can savour Balinese life in motion, with a visit to the family temple or stroll through the gardens. Everywhere there are touches of Antonio Blanco’s life. The artist’s studio remains undisturbed, the unfinished painting still on the sunken easel.
Women wander through the yard, in traditional Balinese dress carrying offerings. The visitor can see the delicate flower and palm leaf offerings being made in the courtyard. The Blanco family provides a personal tour of the museum and grounds.
There are several Blanco Litographs and book about Antonio Blanco on sale at the museum.
Latta Mahosadi Museum is one of the museums located in the Denpasar area, which was officially opened since June 16, 1997, by Prof. Dr Ing Wardiman Djojonegoro, Minister of Education and Culture of the Republic of Indonesia. Through this museum, all the visitors are expected to be able to understand the arts of Indonesia, especially the performing arts. Some collections stored in this place include traditional musical instruments from various regions in Indonesia such as Bali, Java, and Sumatra. Besides, multiple masks, costumes of traditional dances, sculptures, and various paintings can also be found in this place.
The museum building has two floors, built on 4000 square meters of land, with several facilities such as theatre room, exhibition hall, administrative office and toilet.
Buleleng Museum is one of the historical tourism site that is considered relatively new located nearby Museum Gedong Kertya precisely a few meters to the east, at Jalan Veteran no. 23, still in the puri art sasana cultural area. It was officially opened for public on March 30, 2002. The museum filled with many ancient collections such as statues, sarcophagi, weapons and other relics.
The museum was built based on the idea of a culturalist and artist, who determined to preserve the cultural heritage of northern Bali. Because the museum is still fairly new, it needs some development for its rooms and facilities to make the visitors feel more comfortable while visiting this museum.
Almost all historical items stored in this museum belong to the family of King Buleleng Ki Gusti Anglurah Panji Sakti and also donations from the next generation of the families. Inside, there is a special chamber for displaying art objects, grouped according to the age and function of the item. Types chambers in this museum are historical chamber, ethnology, prehistoric room, art room and “Panji Sakti” room.
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 profane philosophy (holy), where each building in this Museum carries symbols of human devotion to God the mighty Creator.
The concept of Museum Rudana as a profane spatial structure was created by its Founder, Museum Rudana. Nyoman Rudana. With the concept of Tri Hita Karana, he envisioned a building that combines spatial, environment: internal and external covering surrounding residents, which includes everything on the spatial structure: human, management, staff, the museum’s collection and all the factors that support the solid foundation of Museum Rudana.
Ogoh-ogoh Museum Mengwi is the first museum specifically to preserve one of the most popular Balinese traditions, ogoh-ogoh (demonic statues made of bamboo, and other materials used in Ngrupuk parade – a day before Nyepi day). This museum is located in Mengwi and still in one area with Nyadnya Museum, which is located on the west side of Taman Ayun Temple. Inside this museum, there are more than 20 ogoh-ogoh from various regions in Bali, especially Badung Regency.
A Mengwi artist manages this place named I Ketut Nuada, a painter who is also the founder of this museum. All ogoh-ogoh stored in this museum is the result of many years of collections by the founder himself, which continued until today.
Batur Geopark Museum is located on Jl. Raya Penelokan, Kintamani. This Museum situated on the south slope of Mount Batur presents a variety of information about national and global geopark. The museum building is designed based on the concept of the earth park, which consists of geological, biological, and cultural diversity.
Previously this Museum is known as the Museum of Volcano Batur. Batur Geopark Museum was built after the Batur Caldera region was accepted as a member of UNESCO global geopark network (now UGG: UNESCO Global Geoparks) in September 2012.
In this Museum we can find many interesting information related to the geology that is showcased in several dioramas, one of the most interesting diorama is about the formation process of Bali Island which has two volcanoes named Mount Batur and Mount Agung. In this diorama explained Bali Island formed from the existence of volcanic activity under the sea more than 23 million years ago in the east of Java. Underneath the earth, there is a hot magma that melted the crust of the earth, known as a hotspot. Then there is deposition under the sea that allegedly came from rock erosion, which was found in the eastern part of Java Island. First, it formed a coral reefs, then it stopped growing and became limestone reefs. Some of these layers were located in the southern part of Bali Island and on the island of Nusa Penida, which is why the south coast of Bali and Nusa Penida are mostly land of limestone.
Besides, other dioramas tell about other volcanoes in Bali such as volcano Buyan-Bratan and Batur that did not stop. 30,000 years ago. Mount Buyan-Bratan erupted and released the ignimbrite and lava. This volcanic activity on the island of Bali continued to shifts toward the east along with the movement of Ancient Mount Batur. The eruption that occurred 30,000 years ago was caused the rest of the body of Ancient Mount Agung collapsed, volcanic activity continued to move and shifted to Mount Agung which produced sediment. Mount Agung Lava breaks through the southeastern part and becomes Mount Pawon as a Parasitic Mountain. The last volcanic activity that composed the island of Bali is the Lesong Mountain of Fire.
Agung Rai Museum of Art (ARMA) was established for a purpose. Founded by Agung Rai, a Balinese who has devoted his life to the preservation and development of Balinese art and culture, the museum was officially opened on June 9, 1996 by Prof. Dr. Ing. Wardiman Djojonegoro, Minister of Education and Culture of the Republic of Indonesia. The museum is administered by ARMA Foundation set up on May13th 1996.
The permanent exhibition of paintings by Balinese, Indonesian and foreign artists include the collections of the ARMA Foundation and works on loan from the collection of Mr. and Mrs. Agung Rai.
The collection ranges from traditional to contemporary, including classical Kamasan painting on tree bark, masterpieces by Batuan artists of the 1930s and 1940s and the only works to be seen on the island of Bali by 19th century Javanese artist Raden Saleh and Syarif Bustaman.
Prominent are works by Balinese masters such as I Gusti Nyoman Lempad, Ida Bagus Made, Anak Agung Gede Sobrat and I Gusti Made Deblog.
Foreign artists who lived and worked in Bali are represented by Willem Gerard Hofker, Rudolf Bonnet, and Willem Dooijewaard among others. The works of German painter Walter Spies have a special place in the collection because of his important contribution to the development of Balinese arts.
ARMA is more than a museum. It is a centre for visual and performing arts, allowing the visitor to enjoy the permanent collection of paintings, special temporary exhibitions, theatre performances, dance, music and painting classes, bookshop, library and reading room, cultural workshops, conferences, seminars and training programs. Its vision is to become an internationally renowned museum of Balinese and Indonesian culture by organizing events showing the uniqueness and diversity of this culture. The museum provides many quality services to people from various cultural backgrounds. It serves people who wish to experience and learn about Bali’s unique cultural heritage. ARMA functions as a living entity, always on the look out for new opportunities to sustain the Balinese arts.