Bali Museum is one of the Bali Tourist Attractions located in Denpasar City and is one of the museums in Bali collecting the ancient objects related to the history of Bali Island generally. The existence of this museum is very important to preserve the ancient and historical objects that have noble cultural values and a legacy of Balinese ancestors.
Collection Objects Inside Bali Museum
The object collections or ancient tools kept at this Museum can be classified into prehistoric object collections such as tomb stones (sarkopag), the object collection from the historical era such as Stupika clay containing the mantra ‘Ye te’, bronze statues (Arca Perunggu), and ethnographic objects such as the collection of Kris, Endek material, religious ceremony equipment, and Sidakarya Mask.
The construction of Bali Museum is 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 well known as Bali Museum.
As the initial planning, the initiators of the Museum founders are the Dutch government officials, the kings in Bali, community leaders, and artists 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 the famous artists such as I Gusti Ketut Kandel, I Gusti Ketut Rai. The plan had been taken in 1910 with the basic concept of the 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.
- The museum management is taken over to the government of Indonesia by Bali Museum Foundation on 05 January 1966
Bali Museum Locations On Google Maps
Bali Museum is located on Mayor Wisnu Street in Denpasar its location exists in the strategic area right in the center of Denpasar City, easy to locate from any direction and there are important or famous points located close by.