Bali is an Indonesian province and a part of the Nusa Tenggara Islands with the capital city being Denpasar. Nusa Tenggara Islands themselves are split into 3 major provinces, and they are Bali, West Nusa Tenggara, and East Nusa Tenggara. Apart from those 3, Bali province also consists of other smaller islands such as Nusa Penida, Nusa Lembongan, Nusa Ceningan, Serangan, and Menjangan. The majority of Bali citizens embrace Hinduism, which is the main reason why numerous gorgeous Hindu temples are scattered around the island. This is also the reason why Bali is known as the Dewata Island or Island of Thousand Temples. In addition, Bali is a popular tourist destination that offers a plethora of beaches, cultural arts, green fields, blue oceans, and beautiful sceneries of Mountain Agung. Speaking of the which, Mountain Agung is the largest point in Bali, reaching 3,148 meters in height size. In the middle of Bali lies a mountain that split Bali into two: North Bali with the tight low ground and rough surface, and South Bali with the vast low ground and flat surface. Said mountain also has active volcano clusters that are Mount Batur and Mount Agung, and inactive volcano clusters that are Mount Merbuk, Patas, and Seraya. As a worldwide tourist destination, Bali has a number of significant tourist spots, like Ubud in Gianyar Regency as the center of leisure and art. Then, there’s Nusa Lembongan in Klungkung Regency that offers a popular diving spot. Meanwhile, Kuta, Seminyak, Jimbaran, and Nusa Dua in Badung Regency are the main spots for beach tourism, villas, hotels, and spa. The tourism industry in Bali leans toward the South Bali with the main tourist spot being located in Kuta and its surroundings, namely Legian and Seminyak. On the other hand, the eastern part consists of Sanur, city center consists of Ubud, and the south consists of Jimbaran, Nusa Dua, and Pecatu. As for the interesting tourist spots, there are Kuta Beach, Tanah Lot Temple, Padang-Padang Beach, Garuda Wishnu Kencana (GWK), and Lake Beratan Bedugul. On the northern part of Bali, there are Lovina Beach, Besakih Temple, Uluwatu, Kintamani, Ubud, Munduk, Amed, Tulamben, and Menjangan Island. Apart from those destinations, Bali also offers educative tourist spots like a zoo, waterpark, 3D museum, and turtle sanctuaries.
Who says that a trip to the museum is dull and boring? If you think so, then you’ll change your mind when you visit the museum in Bali. In fact, the Island of Thousand Temples that’s rich with traditional art and culture has an array of well-known museums that are worth to visit. Of course, all of them won’t leave you bored at all. Not only will they expand your knowledge and sight, but they’ll offer you those in style. This is because Bali also houses a plethora of highly-valued collector pieces, apart from the gorgeous beach tourism. Plus, the tip of the iceberg is that all the museums in Bali have their unique characteristics and facilities, including the restaurants and intricate tourist spots. And especially for the museum tourism in Bali, the museums will not only display the statues, historical reliefs, or pictures. If anything, they’ll also offer a plethora of unique features and facilities for the visitors. Notable ones include the 3D painting for taking a photo, clam-infested interior for avid divers, or the oldest painting museum in Bali. All things considered, you might now change your mind about the museum being considered a haunted or boring place. After all, museums that are preserved to this day are now polished with finesse inside out. Plus, many of them are integrated with other exciting activities like a culinary spot, photo spots, to a discussion forum about the history, culture, and social aspects of Bali.
Now, if you wish to spend your holiday in Bali with activities other than visiting the beach or shopping, try to visit these 4 recommended museums
As one of the most unique destinations in Bali, StrangebutCool is a must-visit landmark for fashion lovers. Apart from being a fashion gallery, this is the first museum in Southeast Asia to exhibit vintage bags. Up to 450 vintage bags from the 1920s to 1990s are displayed in this gallery, all of them designed by 60 international designers. Here, you can also experience shopping at the concept store while enjoying the other gallery and atelier facilities. Not to mention, the collection of bags are displayed and handled with care, mesmerizing your eyes as you walk along the gallery.
To further indulge your mind with the location, a tour guide will tell the tales behind the making of those vintage bags. StrangebutCool – Gallery of Vintage Bags & Atelier is located in Jalan Danau Poso No. 111, Sanur, South Denpasar, Denpasar. Entrance ticket is priced at Rp135.000*.
As the first museum in Ubud, Bali, this place displays a collection of paintings and ancient relics. Neka also displays a number of vintage paintings from the famous painters in Indonesia. A total of 300 paintings from both local and international artists are displayed in this museum that’s inaugurated in 1982. Speaking local artists, paintings drawn by Affandi and Bagon Kusudiardjo are among the stars of the museum here. Also, the whole building of the museum is polished with care, and the gallery display is organized carefully.
All of these perks and personalities are done to comfort the visitors who visit this museum that’s located in Jalan Raya Sanggihan Campuhan, Kedewatan, Ubud, Gianyar. Price for the entrance ticket starts from Rp72.000*.
Located in the elite part of Nusa Dua, Museum Pasifika displays an array of art collections from all around Asia Pacific regions. Visitors may explore the pavilion that’s full of Indonesian, Melanesia, Pacific, Polynesia, Indo-Europe, Indochina, Tapa, and Asia artworks. For the record, this museum was once recorded as the largest Asia Pacific art museum in the heart of Bali, housing about 600 artworks from 200 artists from all over the world. Aside from a pavilion, visitors can also find a café and 11 exhibition rooms displaying artworks from various artists like Nyoman Gunarsa, Affandi, and Raden Saleh. In addition, there are also other antique items like textiles and statues displayed.
Museum Pasifika is located in ITCD Block P, Nusa Dua Tourism Area, Benoa, South Kuta, Badung. Ticket price starts from Rp51.800 (locals), Rp74.000 (foreigners), and Rp455.000 for a group of 10 visitors.
This interactive museum art in Bali exhibits a large variety of gorgeous and unique 3D paintings. Located on the ground floor of Bajra Sandhi Monument, this museum is also a part of the monument as a popular tourism spot in Denpasar city. Indeed, more than 100 3D arts, 5 optical illusions, and 5 effect rooms are available within the monument, all of them designed from the best Balinese artists. What’s more, all the artworks are from the combined themes, stories, and cultures shaped into artistic forms while still maintaining the tradition of Bali. Upside Down and Hobbit House are among the iconic special effects that give the sensation of an upside-down or a gravity-defying world. In addition, you can also take a picture in the Flying Class, which in a sense is a reversed classroom. Or, you can play skateboard in the Magic Board room.
I AM BALI 3D MUSEUM is located in Bajra Sadhi Monument, GF floor, Jalan Raya Puputan, Panjer, South Denpasar, Denpasar. Entrance ticket has varied rates, ranging from Rp65.000—131.000*.
*Price is subject to change