• Museum Puri Lukisan

    This museum, located in the heart of Ubud was built in 1954. Since then its collection has
    grown to a place where you can learn all about the different Balinese styles.

  • Museum Buildings

    Puri Lukisan has several buildings in which various styles are represented. Walk through
    the garden to visit all three.

  • Ubud Village Hamlets

    The village hamlets of Ubud are the places where the painters, woodcarvers and other
    artists live. Their work is usually sold or displayed in Ubud village.

  • Paintings for Sale

    Like everything in life, there are all kinds of paintings for any budget. Galleries and artists' workshops sell exclusive paintings, while regular shops focus on mass production.

Who Else Wants To Learn About The Puri Lukisan Museum?

The Puri Lukisan Museum on Jl. Raya Ubud is set amidst ponds with lotus flowers in a garden with tropical flowers and Balinese statues. The name of the museum means two things; Puri means “Palace” and Lukisan means “Paintings”, easy to remember for a museum about Balinese paintings right?


bridge to puri lukisan
Entrance to the museum


The museum has an exceptional selection of modern paintings, drawings, wood carvings and statues dating from the 1930s till the present day.

These works of art are displayed in chronological order so you can follow all of the changes in the different painting styles throughout the years. The oldest art museum of Bali is made of three buildings;

anak agung gede sobrat painting in puri lukisan museum in ubud baliBuilding I has a permanent collection of artworks from the
- Wayang Style (old religious style following many rules)
- Paintings by I Gusti Nyoman Lempad (Bali’s famous artist)
- The Periods of the Pita Maha (influenced by foreign painters)

Building II has a permanent collection with
- The Young Artists Style (naïve, childish style encouraged by Arie Smit)
- Modern Traditional Balinese Paintings

Building III is open during temporary exhibitions only. The Dutch artist, Rudolf Bonnet has played an important part in founding the museum.

He came to Ubud in the 1930’s and influenced together with the German artist, Walter Spies the local painters of Ubud. A new era was born and their style is called the Ubud Style.

Together with Tjokorda Gde Agung Sukawati, his brother Tjokorda Gde Raka Sukawati and I Gusti Nyoman Lempad they founded the Pita Maha group in 1936.

They stimulated local Balinese painters in using new techniques and tools. The Pita Maha group also represented Balinese artists and their works in overseas markets. The group also provided a regular forum for local artists to share inspiration and discuss matters related to their works. It was a huge success.


painting puri lukisan ubud bali
Pita Maha, Ubud Style painting


The local Balinese painters switched from using basic colors and religious epics from the Mahabharatha and Ramayana to scenes of everyday Balinese life, something they had never done before.

The Pita Maha group ceased to exist after WWII (Walter Spies drowned on a bombed boat ) but a foundation called the Yayasan Ratna Wartha was created by Tjokorda Gde Agung Sukawati (the Prince of Ubud) and his close friend Rudolf Bonnet in 1952.

The foundation was created to carry out the ideas and uphold the rules of the Pita Maha group by founding the Puri Lukisan in the same year.

If you have some time left after visiting the buildings, take a seat on any of the benches in the gardens and enjoy the fantastic garden with its statues. This is what Ubud is all about…


lotus pond puri lukisan ubud bali
Lotus ponds at the Museum


Otherwise you can head over to the small book store and buy some postcards or calendars of the various paintings on display.

Next to this book store you'll find a Bali Aga man (original inhabitant of Bali) from Tenganan village drawing famous Balinese calendars on lontar leaves on certain days of the week. He would love to show you how it works and what it all means.

By the way, photography with flash equipment is not permitted inside the museum because it can damage the paintings.

The museum is open daily from 9 am to 6 pm and the entrance fee is Rp50.000.

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