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8 must-see art galleries in ubud


Ubud, a cultural center of Bali is a place just an hour drive from airport to the north. Located on the mountains, the cool breeze and the lush green environment is enough to impress any visitor.

Also know for the art & crafts cultural center, Ubud is full of communities in and around which are specialized in woodcarving and craft, which is sold all over the island due to its beauty and finishing. There are many shops selling these artifacts like antiques, souvenirs, textile, jewelry or painting etc.



This heaven like place even houses the Ubud Palace where the Bali’s Royal Family used to live, you can still visit palace in the center of the town. The place is mesmerizing and is a must visit.



Due to the culture of art & crafts, Ubud is also full of some of the best Art museums in the country. If you are an art lover then get ready to witness some masterpieces which will make your eyes sooth with joy and curiosity.

Here is the list of 8 must-see art galleries in Ubud.

1. ARMA (Agung Rai Museum of Art)

Located in Pengosekan in Ubud, the Agung Rai Museum of Art usually called as ARMA was founded by a Balinese entrepreneur and art collector, Anak Agung Gde Rai in 1996. The place is an art gallery, accommodation venture and also considered as a cultural center.



The ARMA is covered by lush green gardens, and has a collection of famous art work from some of the famous artists like Walter Spies, Rudolf Bonnet etc. and some Indonesian artists too like Raden Saleh and Affandi etc. It also displays the tradition and culture of Bali like traditional cuisines, Balinese dance, woodcarvings etc.



The guide will help you to describe all the aspects covered in the ARMA. You can also enjoy the traditional dance performance held every day in the evening. You can also taste the traditional dishes prepared in the cafés inside.



Address: Jl. Raya Pengosekan Ubud, Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia

Opening Hours: The museum is open from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM throughout the day. Best time to visit is 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM.

Entry Fee: The entry fee is 80,000 IDR per person and includes a tea or a coffee.

2. Puri Lukisan Museum

Just some minutes’ walk from the the Ubud Palace, Puri Lukisan is an art gallery covered in gardens and showcasing some of the best paintings and sculptures; the likes of Keliki and Batuan style. It’s also a good place to learn a thing or two about different styles and forms of painting.



It was built by an Ubud prince, Tjokorda Gde Agung Sukawati along with the Dutch-born painter Rudolf Bonnet. There are more than 150 paintings and around 62 sculptures to witness inside this museum.



The museum is equipped with cafes, spacious gardens and a pond to relax the evening after a great watch.

Address: Jl. Raya Ubud, Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia

Opening Hours: The museum is open from 12:00 AM to 6:00 PM and the reopens at 6:00 PM till 12:00 AM throughout the week.

Entry Fee: The entry fee is 75,000 IDR per person.

3. Blanco Renaissance

Don Antonio Blanco was one of the many who fell in love with Bali and chose to live there despite being a citizen of Philippine. After his death in 1999, his mansion which was spread over 5 acres of land was transformed into a museum consisting of his own precious work.



The museum is located over Campuhan valley and has a lush green scenario all around. The museum is full of paintings of Blanco and his son Mario who still follows his father’s passion. There are erotic nude portraits inside which was Blanco’s favorite subject along with other casual paintings too.



The museum has a gift shop, a temple and a restaurant too. You may get lucky as sometimes the family members welcomes the visitors themselves and may give a brief too.



Address: Jalan Raya Campuhan, Kedewatan, Ubud

Opening Hours: The museum is open from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM throughout the week.

Entry Fee: The entry fee is 50,000 IDR and includes a welcome drink. Children shouldn’t be taken inside.

4. Neka Art Museum

Built in 1976 and inaugurated by the Ministry of Culture and Education of that time, Neka Art Museum was established by a Balinese art lover Wayan Suteja Neka. The museum is full of art from 19th century till present. There are six different Balinese style pavilions for different categories of art.



From photographs clicked by Robert Koke in 1930s to paintings by legends like Affandi and preserved traditional daggers, different pavilion has different story to tell.

The six buildings are:

· The Balinese Painting Hall: Consisting of Balinese paintings of different styles and eras.

· The Arie Smit Pavilion: It is dedicated to Dutch-born painter Adrianus Wilhelmus Smit.

· The third building comprises of black and white photos from Robert Koke.

· The Lempad Pavilion: Dedicated to art of Gusti Nyoman Lempad.

· The Contemporary Indonesian Art Hall: Contemporary and modern art from Indonesian artists.

· The sixth building comprises of combination of Western and Eastern style art.



There is a book store and a café too to relax your time.

Address: Jalan Raya Sanggingan Campuhan, Kedewatan, Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia

Opening Hours: The museum is open from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM throughout the week.

Entry Fee: The entry fee is 50,000 IDR per person and free for children below 12 years.

5. Museum Rudana

Established in 1995 by an art collector and a politician Nyoman Rudana and his wife, the huge museum Rudana offers to witness the contemporary Balinese and Indonesian art arranged over 3 levels.



The museum has over 400 collections of art pieces from different artists. The first and second floor comprises of art by the legends Affandi, Wayan Gunarsa, Don Antonio Blanco, I Gusti Nyoman Lempad etc. The museum also offers new artists in regular exhibitions to motivate the young generation for art.



The museum is covered by lush green gardens and rice fields. The spacious garden also comprises of sculptors of elephants which looks mesmerizing. The Rudana Gallery is also next to the spot to appreciate other artwork collection.



Address: JL. Peliatan, Ubud, Peliatan, Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia

Opening Hours: The museum is open from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM throughout the week.

Entry Fee: The entry fee to Museum Rudana is 100,000 IDR per person and to Rudana Gallery is 20,000 IDR per person.

6. Komaneka Art Gallery

The Komaneka Art Gallery is a contemporary gallery with modern architecture and collection of artworks. This place hand picks the various styled Balinese artworks and paintings from different Artists which local as well as from other places.



The place welcomes you with a pleasant ambiance and hospitality. If you are lucky enough, the artists themselves can give a guided tour. There is also a library selling and lending catalogs, books comprising of information about the artists and their work.



You can also purchase the paintings from the artists if you like. The cost will be a little high as the paintings are of highest quality. To see the catalog, go to this link:

https://gallery.komaneka.com/exhibitions/inner-gazing/catalog/mobile/index.html

Address: Jalan Monkey Forest, Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia

Opening Hours: The gallery is open from 8:00 AM to 9:00 PM throughout the week.

Entry Fee: The entry fee is 50,000 IDR per person.

7. Threads of Life

Threads of Life is a small museum showcasing and selling some of the best woven textiles and traditional dyed clothes from all over the archipelago of Bali, specially the lesser known eastern region of Bali. All are hand-made and are of best quality.



The staff is welcoming and ready to share their knowledge with you. You can also buy some souvenirs like textiles, shawls, bags, baskets, cushions etc. from the place. A piece of rare and exotic textile can cost you around 6,000,000 IDR to 7,000,000 IDR.



If you want to experience the insights and dyeing techniques, then you can join in the class to learn the traditional art of textile weaving and dyeing.

Address: Jl. Kajeng No.24, Ubud, Gianyar, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia

Opening Hours: The gallery is open from 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM throughout the week.

Entry Fee: The class for insight knowledge costs 75,000 IDR per person and maximum of 4 members in a group The Batik Classes offered costs 350,000 IDR per person.

8. Setia Darma House of Masks and Puppet

Masks and puppets are an important cultural aspect for many communities including Bali. Located in a quiet village of Tegal Bingin, Sukawati, Setia Darma House of Masks and Puppet showcases some of the best collections of masks and puppets from the archipelago, Africa, Europe, China etc.



Form over 1000 masks and 4000 puppets, this place preserves and collects these cultural specialties. Each of the pieces has its own story depicted with it. The masks and puppets are associated with tradition, religion, spirit, evil, god etc. The extensive collection can make any interested visitor enthralled.



You can buy some items too and also enjoy the gardens and café around the place with a traditional coffee to taste.

Address: Jalan Tegal Bingin, Mas, Ubud, Kemenuh, Gianyar Sub-District, Gianyar, Bali 80582, Indonesia

Opening Hours: The Setia Darma House of Masks and Puppet is open from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM throughout the week.

Entry Fee: It’s Free.

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