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Bali Museum

Entrance gate of Bali Museum in Denpasar - Bali Hello Travel

Entrance gate of Bali Museum in Denpasar, Bali – Bali Hello Travel

The Bali Museum is a museum of art and history of Bali located in Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia. Bali museum is located on the east side of the central square of Puputan square, in the heart of Denpasar Town. In the north side there are glorious temple of Jagatnatha, meanwhile in front of it the Puputan Badung (Badung Courtyard) and four face statue (Catur Muka Statue) are located.

The construction of Bali Museum was begun from the idea how does the important to keep, maintain and sustainable the Balinese culture heritages. This initiative was based on sense of worry that there are symptoms such culture erosion, hence the culture heritages have become extinct, lose and leave the photos only.  To save the Balinese culture heritages, come the plan to establish a museum which is now ell know as Bali Museum.

Bali 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. As the initial planning, the initiators of Bali Museum founders are the Dutch government officials, the kings in Bali, community leaders and artist such as:

  • WFJ Kroon (Dutch Resident Assistant), Curt Grundler (a German Architecture), I Gusti Alit Ngurah (Bestuurder Penegara Bandung), I Gusti Bagus Jelantik (King of Karangasem), I Gusti Ketut Djelantik (King of Buleleng), King of Tabanan and some of famous artists such as I Gusti Ketut Kandel, I Gusti Ketut Rai. The plan had been taken in 1910 with the basic concept of Bali Museum structure is blend between the Balinese Hindu Temple and a castle (palace).
  • After the building structure concept had been agreed, then it had been founded a new main building which has been completed in 1942. Therefore the object collections are successfully collected and deemed inadequate, hence approximately within 7 years (1925 – 1932), the main building has been functioned as periodic exhibition venue. The experts who contributed in researching the objects used as the collection by Bali Museum are DR.W.F. Stutterheim, G.I.Grader, G.M.Hendrikss, DR.R.Goris and Walter Spies (painter).
  •  Bali Museum was initially handled by the Bali Museum Foundation and officially opened on 8 December 1931 and The museum management is taken over to the government of Indonesia by Bali Museum Foundation on 05 January 1966

There are four main buildings inside the museum, Tabanan displaying theatrical masks and musical instruments, Karangasem sculptures and paintings, Buleleng textiles, and Timur with archeological finds.

The object collections which are kept in Bali Museum can be classified become the prehistoric object collection like: the Grave Petrify (sarkopag), the object collection coming from history era like: stupika clay containing superstitious formula Ye Te, the bronze statues (Hindu and Budha statues) and ethnography object collection like Keris, Endek Cloth, and religious ceremony equipments (Sangku, Cecepan and Sidakarya mask), etc.

Since this museum opened officially, there start people visit if, as this museum showing and teaching the knowledge how the Bali story and history was going on until this time through pictures, paintings, sculptures, and historical objects that could be saved by the archeologists. So, this museum is one of popular place to visit in Denpasar center. It is quite interesting place to visit for those who interested to know more about history and culture of Bali island and Balinese people it’s self. We in Bali Hello Travel provides a special Denpasar tour package which including this museum, let’s explore Denpasar city by joining us on Denpasar city tour…:)

 Here below are pictures of Bali Museum in Denpasar Center, Bali – Indonesia

Puputan Independent Square - Bali Hello Travel

Puputan Independent statue at Puputan Square, front right of Bali Museum, Denpasar, Bali – Bali Hello Travel

Bali museum in Denpasar city - Bali Hello Travel

Bali museum in Denpasar city – Bali Hello Travel

 Bali Museum in Denpasar - Bali Hello Travel

Bali Museum in Denpasar – Bali Hello Travel

Bali Museum in Denpasar - Bali Hello Travel

Bali Museum in Denpasar – Bali Hello Travel

Bali Museum in Denpasar - Bali Hello Travel

Bali Museum in Denpasar – Bali Hello Travel

Bali Museum in Denpasar - Bali Hello Travel

Bali Museum in Denpasar – Bali Hello Travel

Bali museum - Bali Hello Travel

Stuff inside of Bali museum – Bali Hello Travel