Information before you go
Museum Le Mayeur can be found straight on the beach between Jalan Hang Tuah and Inna Grand Bali Beach hotel, one of the largest hotels in Sanur.
At first I couldn’t find the place but luckily I ran into a local boat man, who almost held me by the hand to show me the museum’s entrance.
Entrance to the museum
The museum used to be the former house of the Belgium painter Adrien Jean Le Mayeur de Merpres who arrived in Bali in the 1930’s.
First he settled in the little village of Klandis, east of Denpasar where he met the famous traditional Legong dancer and local beauty, Ni Polok, when she was 15 years old.
She became his inspiration and a lot of the paintings you see today in the museum feature Ni Polok. Besides paintings of her there's also local art on display and you'll find numerous impressionistic works of Le Mayeur’s travels in Europe, Africa, India and the Pacific.
Le Mayeur not only found inspiration through Sanur’s beautiful location with the lagoon and the reef but also found in Ni Polok his love, whom he made his wife three years later.
The house is set in a garden with beautiful frangipani flowers, Balinese statues and palm trees.
It is easy to see why Adrien Jean le Mayeur loved this place so much..
One of the rooms in the museum used to be the living-room where the painter and his wife received family, friends, local artists and artists from abroad.
The other rooms were ex-art studios where Le Mayeur made paintings of his wife. Even until his death in 1958 he kept on painting because the house was planned to be turned into a museum..
After the house became a museum, Ni Polok was allowed to exploit the house on a commercial basis.
Now and then dinners were organized but Ni Polok realized that they could harm the collections of paintings so a smaller building was created, called the Bali Nights Cafe which stands on the eastern side of the museum..
Today Le Mayeur Museum is in the hands of the Indonesian government. This seems obvious with three civil servants on duty being more asleep than awake.
I’m not kidding, there was even one guy who slept with his feet on the ticket counter when I was there.
The rooms are in need of some maintenance and I think the paintings could be better displayed for visitors to enjoy them even more.
Nonetheless it is still an interesting place to visit. The Museum (0361-286201) is open every day from 8 am to 2 pm on Sunday till Thursday, 8 am to 11 am on Fridays and 8 am to 12.30 on Saturdays. Entrance fee is Rph 2000 per person.
Next to the museum there’s a small souvenir shop called Ni Polok and here you can buy some postcards that feature Le Mayeur’s paintings.
Paintings have always played an important role in the Balinese culture. In the past made for temples and royalty only, today sold to the the mass.Read more
This museum has over the years been able to collect a beautiful collection of Balinese paintings. Additionally there is a large display of paintings from other islands too.Read more
Planning a short stay at Sanur beach? Then there is enough things to do that will easily fill your day from a visit to the morning market to a late dinner at the beach.Read more
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