Bali has a rich cultural history and its influence from the Chinese and Dutch culture gives it a natural human quality to use some elements from the different cultures and mix them up to create something unique which we know today as the Balinese Culture. This mix of culture makes Balinese a very artistic tribe and has produced some of the most popular paintings and artworks till date. Batuan village, a famous tourist destination of Bali is just 7km north of Denpasar and about 10km from south of Ubud is a popular center of art and is renowned for it’s dancing, wood panel carving, and paintings and museums in Batuan Bali. Batuan is a traditional hub of musicians, dancers, carvers, and, Balinese painters who usually live close together in special villages. The artists mostly painted on paper through the canvas and also used the board.
For more than a thousand years, Bali artisans and craftsmen have worked under the priests and ruling classes, decorating temples and palaces. The Bali artists usually do not have much room for personal expressions and painters and illustrators were called ‘Snagging’. The Snagging were expected to decorate everything from the wooden altars, bamboo vessels, headboards for princely bedchambers to gourds. The Batuan paintings are usually dark, and crowded representations of either legendary scenes or themes of daily life, freakish animal monsters, and witches accosted people. Bali is already blessed with heavenly natural beauty and its fine art and architecture give it a beautiful touch and a place that could make anyone fall in love with it.
4 Amazing Museums in Batuan Bali
Bali is a rich source of marvelous art and architecture and Batuan Village is one such place that is known to create some of the most famous artists of current times. Museums in Batuan Bali is one of the most interesting places to visit in Batuan which displays its huge collection of creative and distinct varieties of art.
Blanco Renaissance Museum
Set on top of the valley of Campuhan, this is a must-visit for all art lovers that end up in Bali. The place used to be the residence and studio of the well-known Filipino artist Don Antonio Blanco who lived and painted the beautiful Bali islands after emigrating here in 1952. The artwork is a great way to see the gorgeous sights of Bali through the eyes of a wonderfully talented artist. The place has a gift shop, a lush garden space and a great cafe where you can spend a relaxing day with companions.
Entry fees: INR 236
Timings: 9 AM – 5 PM
Best Known: Artwork
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Agung Rai Museum Of Art
Not exactly hot on the tourist map of Bali, the Agung Rai Museum of Art (ARMA) is more than just an art gallery. If you are forced indoors because of the rains in Bali in October, ARMA can be a pleasantly surprising experience. The exquisite taste of the local culture and the love for Bali is quite apparent in Agung Rais collection of historical items. Spread over more than 5 hectares, ARMA is also the venue for loads of cultural performances, and there is a boutique hotel here and also a botanical garden.
Entry Fees: INR 283
Timings: 9 AM – 6 PM
Best Known: Agung Rais collection of historical items
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Bali Provincial Public State Museum
If you are wondering what to do in Denpasar city- Slip on your walking shoes and set out to the museum. Also, known as the Negeri Propinsi, this museum is a great place to cover a few hours if you are traveling with young kids. The museum gives a great insight into Bali – its history, culture, and varied traditions. Bali Provincial Public State Museum is located in the heart of the provincial capital. This is one of the islands main museums and also one of the oldest landmarks in the city. It houses over 10,000 rare exhibits. The museum itself is complete with stone carvings and a sight to behold. Adjoining the museum, visitors can stroll through tropical gardens strewn with several statues that represent the rich heritage and culture of the island.
Location: Jl. Mayor Wisnu No.1, Bali 80232, Indonesia
Timings: 8.00 am to 3 pm Fridays: 8 am to 3.30 pm
Entry Fee: IDR 20,000 for adults; IDR 10,000 for children
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Puri Lukisan Museum
Care to find a perfect combination of history, art and Balinese culture in Ubud- Well, Puri Lukisan Museum is just the place for you. Taking some time off from the bustling Ubuds crowd and happening pubs all around, this museum also serves as a serene place to spend some time in nature. Set in the lush green gardens, this museums offers peace, quiet, knowledge and a sneak into the Balinese culture.
Location: Jl. Raya Ubud, Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia
Timings: 9AM to 6PM
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Bali is home to a number of tourist attractions no matter if you are interested in Bali culture, museum visits, tours, activities, night-life, sightseeing, food, Balinese Artwork/handicrafts shopping, or just wish to find one of the most beautiful spots to feel relaxed, and enjoy your vacation. If are planning to visit Bali then there is no better time then now. Hop on a plane to Bali and explore the picturesque beaches, beautiful temples and its amazing collections of artwork at the museums in Batuan Bali and have an amazing vacation this year!