Museum Negeri Propinsi Bali

Bali Provincial State Museum in Denpasar

Museum Negeri Propinsi Bali, or the Bali Provincial Public State Museum, is the island’s main museum and a central landmark highlighted on city tours to the heart of the provincial capital, Denpasar. The island’s oldest and largest, the Bali museum houses over 10,000 exhibits in separate pavilions, all built in architectural styling that pays homage to Balinese heritage with stone carvings, bas reliefs and tropical gardens dominating its exteriors.

Often referred to simply as the ‘Bali Museum’, Museum Negeri Propinsi Bali flanks the Pura Jagatnatha Temple and the Puputan Badung square, which is a popular weekending destination for Denpasar locals. The museum is certainly the place to head to in Denpasar town where you can get insightful introductions to Balinese arts and history for an hour or two, then continue with a stroll to the square or a visit to the temple next door.

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The museum covers a total of 2,600sqm, divided into three sections, namely an outer courtyard, a ‘jaba tengah’ middle courtyard, and the ‘jeroan’ or main section where most of the pavilions are. The three pavilions are named Tabanan, Karangasem, and Buleleng, after Bali’s three largest regencies. Inside each pavilion are collections of traditional paintings, religious artefacts and agricultural tools that offer a lot for kids and adults to look at and talk about.  

Vast collections of ethnographic displays range from classical Kamasan-style paintings hailing from the Klungkung regency in east Bali to archaeological finds such as ancient statues and inscriptions. There are also weapons dating back to the Bronze Age in Bali, as well as pre-Hindu era ritual items and more contemporary items such as wayang kulit shadow puppets, theatrical masks, old textiles, costumes and musical instruments.

Entrance to the Bali Museum is IDR 20,000 (USD 1.50) for adults and IDR 10,000 (USD 0.75) for kids. Local guides require an extra fee, but are not compulsory.

Museum Negeri Propinsi Bali

  • Opening Hours: Mon-Thu 08:00 – 15:00, Fri 08:00 – 12:30
  • Location: Jalan Mayor Wisnu, Puputan Badung Square, Denpasar
  • Tel: +62 (0)361 222 680
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