Paintings and carving is something inseparable from Ubud. As the city inspired and create both the best painter locals and foreign. A series of masterpieces from the art expert displayed in the museum based in Ubud. ARMA Museum is just one of the art museums that exhibit art paintings.
ARMA Museum offers hundreds of collections of paintings from legendary artists and new artists. The museum can easily be spotted by the Balinese style and carvings. On the other hand, the location is just convenient and not far from the main Ubud street.
ARMA museum Ubud offers a different atmosphere compared to other art museums. The other museum commonly has a gloomy, and indoor exhibition. Meanwhile, the Agung Rai Museum of Art (ARMA) is designed in a bright and open-air place. In addition to that, the museum has a spacious yard and a lush garden surrounded by paddy fields.
ARMA Museum Entrance Fee
The entrance fee for international tourists is Rp100.000 and it includes complimentary coffee/tea that could be redeemed in ARMA Cafe. While there is no charge for children under 3 years old.
|ARMA Museum Entrance Fee|
|Buy ARMA Museum Entrance Ticket Online||Rp100,000|
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ARMA Museum Opening Hours
Agung Rai Museum of Art opens from 8 AM to 6 PM. Nonetheless, since having a tour of this museum will spend many times, most visitors come in the morning. Besides, all of the classes and exhibitions are started in the morning as well.
|ARMA Museum Opening Hours|
|Every day except Nyepi||08:00 – 18:00 WITA|
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ARMA Museum Establishment
The presence of Agung Rai Museum of Art has a background that contributes to enlivening Balinese art history. The founder, Agung Rai, as the museum’s pioneer, must be counted as well. The man is a Balinese collector that has been exposed to art during his childhood. Interaction with phenomenal painters in the workshop got him too deep.
Agung Rai is one of the famous Balinese collectors. And building an art museum is one of his dreams. The beginning of Agung Rai’s encounter with the painters started in 1980. Back then, there are not many collectors and Agung begins to buy paintings that he feels create strong emotions.
Until in the long run, he decides to exhibit his entire collection. And express the spiritual connection he felt through the collection. Collecting paintings from various legendary locals artist is one of his efforts in preserving Indonesian artwork through the foundation.
In December 1989, the museum was finally built. Nonetheless, that was not the end of Agung Rai’s effort. The man also tried to get authorization for the museum. After 7 years, Wardiman Djojonegoro, the Indonesian former Education, and Culture Minister. Finally authorized and inaugurated Arma Museum.
Today Arma museum through the foundation continues to support the art and culture of Indonesia. Preserving and developing the art of Bali in particular. Promoting Balinese painters and supporting the community through art for generations.
ARMA Museum Art Collections
The paintings in Agung Rai Museum have been collected for years. In fact, some are Indonesian artworks from 80 years ago. The most impressive paintings that are displayed in the museum come from the Batuan era (1930-1940).
Some of the artworks are made by Balinese famous Batuan painters such as I Gusti Nyoman Lempad. In the painting, people can see Balinese typical activities through art. Nyoman Lempad tells a story of Balinese art through a painting titled “Dance Lesson”.
Another legendary, Ida Bagus Made’s painting titled Tumbal represents a story of strong Hindu heritage. The painting shows a man and a woman who came out from a Semara dragon. In Hindu culture, Semara is the symbol of the Gods of love.
ARMA museum also displays collections of famous Indonesian painters. Artists from different genres, such as Affandi, Srihandi Soedarsono, and Hendra Gunawan. The artworks of international artists Spies and Blanco are part of the museum collection too.
Walter Spies and Antonio Blanco are the artists that play a huge role in the development of Balinese art in Ubud. For their services, Spies and Antonio’s collections are stored in a special place in the museum. Visitors can see the greatest artworks displayed on every side of the museum. Each painting sets in artistic frames that are all vintages.
Experience Balinese culture and get close to knowing what the locals do. It is part of activities to bind with Balinese culture. Here ARMA museum offers various activities for visitors to learn woodcarving, cooking, batik class, and a dancing lesson. In addition, tourists could also learn to make offerings. It’s something important and the daily routine of Balinese people.
The cultural workshop is dedicated to various visitors ages. And for tourists coming with the children, there is a Balinese traditional dance class that is worth trying. The cultural workshop takes place in a spacious hall outside the galleries. The outdoor section is also the spot for a painting, silver, and handicraft class.
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ARMA Museum Dance Performance Schedule
The list of attractive things about the Agung Rai Museum of Art does not stop at the workshop. Furthermore, tourists can watch a Balinese dance performance. There are theatre, dance, and music performances as well. The performance is held 4 times a week and takes place on a large stage in the museum area.
|Balinese Dance Performance Schedule in ARMA Museum|
|Kecak Rina Dance||Every full moon and New Moon|
|Legong Dance *||Sunday 07:30 pm|
|Topeng Jimat *||Wednesday 07:00 pm|
|Barong and Kris Dance *||Friday 06:00 pm|
|Legong Telek *||Tuesday 07:30|
|* Except Full Moon & New Moon, Terms and Conditions apply.|
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ARMA Museum Cultural Workshop
The cultural workshop class is subject to availability and demand.
|ARMA MUSEUM Cultural Workshop|
|Class||Price Quote in USD $|
|Golden Hour Village Tour||50.00/3-4 hours|
|Rindik Instrument Class||25.00/2-3 hours|
|Yoga Class||50.00/2-3 hours|
|Hindu Astrology Class||44.00/2 hours|
|Bali lecture class||44.00/2 hours|
|Bali history class||44.00/2 hours|
|Egg Painting class||44.00/2 hours|
|Silver jewelry class||45.00/3 hours|
|Lontar Leaf Painting||35.00/2 hours|
|Balinese offering class||35.00/2 hours|
|Balinese Painting Lecture & Tour||55.00/2 hours|
|Balinese Painting Class||44.00/2 hours|
|Balinese Batik Class||44.00/2 hours|
|Woodcarving Class||35.00/2 hours|
|Balinese Cooking Class||50.00/2 hours|
|Handicraft Basket Class||44.00/2 hours|
|Hinduism Practice Lecture||44.00/2 hours|
|Balinese Architecture Lecture||50.00|
|Balinese Gamelan Class||25.00/2 hours|
|Balinese Dance Class||25.00/2 hours|
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ARMA Museum Dance Performance Admission & Dinner Package
The traditional dance performance takes place in an open stage area inside ARMA Museum. There are 2 admission options, visitors can choose to see the dance performance.
|ARMA Museum Balinese Performance Admission|
|Kecak Rina Dance||Rp100.000|
|Kecak Rina Dance + Dinner||Rp175.000|
|Legong Dance + Dinner||Rp155.000|
|Topeng Jimat + Dinner||Rp155.000|
|Barong & Kris Dance||Rp80.000|
|Barong & Kris Dance + Dinner||Rp155.000|
|Legong Telek + Dinner||Rp155.000|
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As the museum offers a beautiful view inside. Enjoying the view through the café must be amusing. The café-restaurant has both an indoor and outdoor space with a different concept and wide selection of cuisine. The museum store is available and sells souvenirs. In addition, the visitors can enjoy savory Balinese food in the museum’s café.
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Address & Location
ARMA Museum is located in Jl. Raya Pengosekan Ubud, Gianyar, Bali 80571.