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Best Museums in Bali | © Jorge Láscar / Flickr
Best Museums in Bali | © Jorge Láscar / Flickr

The Best Museums to Visit in Bali

Picture of Edira Putri
Updated: 26 May 2017

While a lifetime may not be enough to fully explore and experience the richness of Balinese culture and arts, visiting these museums will give a good introduction. From arts to history, artifacts to archaeology, discover the best museums to visit in Bali.

Agung Rai Museum of Art (ARMA)

Located in Bali’s most artistic town, Ubud, ARMA is a popular destination to experience art, culture, and architecture. The museum showcases collections from Indonesia’s most prominent artists, including Bali’s indigenous talents, and some international creators. Tourists can find classical work of arts as well as contemporary ones, many with a twist of traditional style. The museum also has painting classes and often hold cultural events or performances.

Agung Rai Museum of Art, Jalan Raya Pengosekan Ubud, Ubud, Gianyar, Bali, Indonesia, +62361 976659

Blanco Renaissance Museum

This museum is located at the legendary painter’s own mansion on a gorgeous hilltop in Ubud. Don Antonio Blanco relocated to Bali, where his art flourished. Many of his works are inspired by the island and its beautiful people, and his paintings, illustrated poetry, and erotic art is displayed in this baroque-style museum. A majestic building with European architecture that hosts Balinese-inspired artworks, this museum offers a unique variety of experiences to explore.

The Blanco Renaissance Museum, Jalan Raya Penestanan, Sayan, Gianyar, Bali, Indonesia, +62361 975502

The Blanco Renaissance Museum in Ubud | © Bjorn Sintobin / Flickr

Bali Museum

Showcasing artifacts from all around the island, the Bali Museum encapsulates the essence of Bali in manageable chunks. The museum has four main buildings, each organized along a different theme: music and theater, sculptures and painting, textiles, and archaeological finds. The museum is located in the city center of Denpasar, where the traditional Balinese architecture looks elegant.

Museum Bali, Jalan Mayor Wisnu, Dangin Puri, Denpasar City, Bali, Indonesia+62361 222680

Neka Art Museum

Established by renowned Balinese art enthusiast Wayan Suteja Neka, the Neka Art Museum presents his wide and ever-growing collection since 1976. From classical to contemporary, traditional to modern, almost every kind of art can be found in the museum — paintings, sculptures, traditional tools, and weapons — many of which give insight into the elaborate culture of Bali.

Neka Art Museum, Kedewatan, Gianyar, Bali, Indonesia, +62361 975074

Setia Darma House of Masks and Puppets

This museum has a massive collection of masks and puppets, representing the different regions and cultures of Indonesia, Asia, and Africa. In total, it houses 1,200 masks and 4,700 puppets. You can even watch the figures come alive in puppet performances often held by the museum.

Setia Darma House of Mask and Puppets, Kemenuh, Gianyar, Bali, +62361 8987493

La Mayeur Museum

The La Mayeur Museum is home to the works of Belgian-born artist Adrien Jean Le Mayeur. Although the artists traveled the world before settling in Bali, his works are dense with Bali-inspired elements and figures, from traditional dancers to temples and flowers. The museum building, previously home to the artist and his wife Ni Polok, is an attraction in itself, with traditional architecture and rooms that tell stories about the life of the renowned artist.

Museum Le Mayeur, Jalan Hang Tuah, Sanur Kaja, Denpasar City, Bali, Indonesia, +62361 286201

Puri Lukisan Museum

This museum in Ubud displays the island’s most important fine arts pieces, with a complete collection that represents all schools of Balinese art. It collects artworks from local and international artists, many of which tell stories about the life of Balinese people.

Puri Lukisan Museum, Jalan Raya Ubud, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia, +62361 971159

Puri Lukisan Museum | © Antonia / Flickr