Museum Puri Lukisan

Well worth a visit

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What we say: 4 stars

This museum is an absolute must for lovers of art and of some interest to everyone else as the artwork here provides a glimpse into life, culture and mythology as it was in Bali prior to World War II.

The museum is the oldest art museum in Ubud and has three pavilions dedicated to pre-war art, post-war art and temporary exhibitions. The gardens within which the pavilions are located are tranquil and are relaxing to walk through as you move from pavilion to pavilion.

Sadly, this place doesn't receive as many visitors as it ought to because it's not well-advertised or signposted despite being on the highly-trafficked main road.

We recommend a visit even if you're not an art aficionado.

As well as the showing of Balinese artwork, Museum Puri Lukisan also runs a number of art and cultural workshops aimed at giving visitors a deeper understanding of the intricacies of everyday Balinese life.

The museum offers classes in the making of shadow puppets, kites and baskets and the teaching of gamelan, dance, woodcarving and painting at prices starting at 100,000 rupiah.

Most of the classes are half a day in duration, but some such as the making of shadow puppets span a full two days.

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Jalan Raya Ubud
Last updated: 22nd April, 2011

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