Bali Museum Denpasar
Bali Museum is located on Mayor Wisnu Street in Denpasar with it’s location exist in the strategic area right in the center of Denpasar City, easy to locate from any directions and there are important or famous points located close by. Bali Museum is one of the museums in Bali collecting the ancient objects related to the history of Bali Islandgenerally. The existence of this museum is very important to preserve the ancient and historical objects that have a noble culture values and a legacy of Balinese ancestors.
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 ell know as Bali Museum.
As the initial planning, the initiators of Bali Museum founders are the Dutch government officials, the kings in Bali, community leaders and artist 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 famous artists such as I Gusti Ketut Kandel, I Gusti Ketut Rai. The plan had been taken in 1910 with the basic concept of Bali 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
The object collections or ancient tools kept at Bali Museum can be classified into prehistoric object collections such as tomb stone (sarkopag), the object collection from the historical era such as Stupika clay containing mantra ‘Ye te‘, bronze statues (Arca Perunggu), and ethnographic objects such as the collection of Kris, Endek material, religious ceremony equipment and Sidakarya Mask.
Nowadays, this museum has been opened for public that is easily visited since it is appointed as one of tourist destination in Denpasar Bali. Many tourists from local and foreign country have visited this museum and were allocated in tour itinerary on Denpasar Tour Package. Besides visiting the museum, tourists can also visit other places of interest in Denpasar City such as Badung Traditional Market, Jagatnatha Temple, Bali Art Center and Bajra Sandhi Monument.