Bali Museum (Bali Provincial State Museum)
For a comprehensive journey through Bali’s extensive history and culture, the Bali Museum in Denpasar is your winning ticket, inviting you to uncover its collection of artefacts, artworks, statues and historical items, which all seek to paint an authentic picture of Bali’s storied past.
Entrance to the museum immediately showcases a feat of Bali’s exceptional architecture—entering the temple area treats you to visions of intricate wood carvings, ornate stone carved gates and manicured courtyards that are warm and inviting, setting the stage for discovery to unfold. The subject matters portrayed span the Mesolithic Age to the modern day, set within three pavilions, each housing their own unique collection.
The three structures, Kahyangan, Pura and Merajan, are home to different display areas that offer visitors the opportunity to peel back the layers of Bali’s past, from ethnographic items such as traditional costumes and ceremonial objects to archaeological items such as ancient tools, pottery, statues and stone inscriptions. Additionally, you’ll find traditional paintings, textiles, masks and artistic expressions, as well as historical artefacts, photographs, maps and documents. Throughout the year, this museum in Bali plays host to a range of exhibitions and cultural events, instilling visitors with a deeper understanding of Bali’s storied cultural heritage.