Bali Provincial State Museum, or Negeri Propinsi Bali, is the oldest museum on the island, with more than 10,000 exhibits. Built in a traditional Balinese royal style, the museum is made up of several buildings and pavilions displaying a vast collection of prehistoric artefacts, ceremonial objects, traditional artworks and more.
The main building is home to such displays as ancient inscriptions, ceramics, porcelain statues, agricultural tools, ritual tools, and weapons. Its collection of prehistoric pieces, including stone and bronze implements, can be found downstairs, while upstairs there are a number of traditional items that are still in use on the island to this day.
The northern pavilion is built in the style of a Tabanan palace and is primarily devoted to the mythology and spirituality of the Balinese people, with various traditional dancing costumes and masks on display. The central pavilion, with its beautiful balcony in the style of a traditional royal façade, focuses on the religious aspects of Bali’s history and features ceremonial objects and clothing, while the southern pavilion houses a large collection of traditional textiles and woven pieces.
Bali Provincial State Museum is located on a large piece of land to the east of Puputan Square in Denpasar. It’s accessible by the many buses and taxis that service central Denpasar. It’s best to avoid the offers of guided tours at the museum entrance – these are not official guides and typically offer visitors little more than the chance to part with their money.