Bali Museum is a local museum collecting the old prehistoric and historic objects related to Bali Island to preserve the local cultures from modern influences. It is strategically located in Major Wisnu Street of Denpasar Bali right in the heart of Denpasar City. There is a glorious temple of Jagatnatha located in the north side of museum, meanwhile in front of it were set the Puputan Badung (Badung Courtyard) and four face statue (Catur Muka Statue). The development of Bali Museum is begun by the existence of initiative how to vitally the heritage of Balinese culture and taking care of, preserve and maintaining. The initiative is based on the existence of feeling to worry, that there is symptom a kind of culture erosion, so that the cultural heritage become totally disappeared, lose, what omit only photograph and documentations.
Bali Museum History
Bali Museum save the Balinese culture heritage, emerge the founding plan a museum which afterward becomes the Bali Museum :
- The early planning of Bali Museum founding was Governmental functionary of Dutch, Bali King, Society Prominent, all artists like: WFJ Kroon (assistant of Dutch Resident), Curt Grundler (a Germany Architect), I Gusti Alit Ngurah (Bestuurder Penegara Badung), I Gusti Bagus Jelantik (King of Karangasem), I Gusti Ketut Djelantik (King of Buleleng), King of Tabanan, and all artists like I Gusti Ketut Kandel, I Gusti Ketut Rai. The Planning is happened in year 1910 with the elementary concept Bali Museum building structure that was solidarity of the structure between temple building (Sanctum) and Palace (Keraton).
- After agreed on the concept of the museum building structure, hence founded a mains building which deflect finished in year 1925. Because of the ancient object collection which had been collected is not yet adequate and then during 7 years (1925-1932), the mains building stood functioned for the exhibition purpose. All meritorious experts in checking object taken as collection of Bali Museum for example: DR.W.F. Stutterheim, G.I. Graider, G.M. Hendrikss, DR.R. Goris, and artist of Walter Spies
- Bali Museum in the beginning is handled by an institution that is called Bali Museum Institution and opened officially on 8 December 1932 with the name of Bali Museum
- The management hereinafter by institution of Bali Museum has been reverted to Government of Indonesia since 5 January 1966.
Bali Museum as one of Bali Places of Interest
The object collections which are kept in Bali Museum can be classified become the prehistoric object collection like: the Grave Petrify (sarkopag), the object collection coming from history era like: stupika clay containing superstitious formula Ye Te, the bronze statues (Hindu and Budha statues) and ethnography object collection like Keris, Endek Cloth, and religious ceremony equipment (Sangku, Cecepan and Sidakarya mask). In its growth, now Bali Museum have been opened generically and become the tourist destination in Denpasar Town and it is a prefect place to visit in Bali in particular on Denpasar City Tour, Denpasar Tour Package or for those of you who from cruise line passenger can join with out Denpasar City Tour Activity. Other Tourist destinations can be found on this tour includes Jagatnatha Temple, Denpasar Traditional Market, Bali Art Center and Bajra Sandhi Monument.
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