Bali Museum is located in downtown Denpasar, precisely in the way of Mayor Vishnu, in the east field Puputan Badung and the south of Temple Jagatnatha. In 1910 WFJ Kroon, a Resident Assistant for South Bali, sparking an idea to establish a museum of ethnography (the study of life and culture of a community or ethnic) in order to protect cultural objects Bali from extinction.
The idea was received from the scientists, artists, cultural, and support of all the kings throughout Bali. Furthermore Curt Grundler Kroon ordered a German architect, to plan together with the traditional Balinese undagi building experts, among others, I Gusti Ketut Rai and I Gusti Ketut Gede Kandel of Denpasar.
Once cooked through adequate preparation it was decided to build a museum in the form of the architecture of the combination between temple (place of prayer) and Puri (the king). Museum was officially opened on December 8, 1932 under the name Museum and Bali Bali Museum is managed by the Foundation.
After Indonesia’s independence August 17, 1945 Bali Museum was taken over by the Provincial Government of Bali, and on July 5, submitted to the Central Government under the Ministry of Education and Culture, and a public museum by the name of the Bali Provincial State Museum. Since Autonomy enacted in 2000 know, the State Museum of Bali Province was handed back to the Provincial Government of Bali as one of the Technical Unit of Bali Provincial Cultural Office with the name UPTD Bali Museum.
Number of Bali Museum collection that had been recorded and entered as many as 10 506 pieces of Registration, including manuscripts and copies of ejection. All types of collections obtained through the purchase of the people in the community, art shops and deposit gifts. Some of the collection is a collection of them diinventarisasikan materainya a stupa with hundreds of fruit, 8.5 kg kepeng, ceramics (Europe, China) and porcelain from Japan, China and Siam.
Form of the museum building is a fusion between the temple and palace architecture. Built on an area of 2600 m2 includes 3 pages are: an outer courtyard (jaba), a central courtyard (jaba middle) and the inner courtyard (offal) is restricted to the wall and gapura.Pada page there are 3 pieces of the building in the Tabanan Building, Building Karangasem and Building Buleleng used to show off the collection.