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Neka Art Museum

This impressive art museum is home to some of the most influential artists in Bali and gives insight into the development of Balinese art.

The Neka Art Museum is one of the major galleries in Bali. The complex houses a diverse collection of works by Indonesian artists and notable international painters. Explore the galleries and see how the artworks were inspired by Bali’s culture, history and picturesque landscape.

The museum’s collection was established in 1976 by Suteja Neka, a Balinese teacher who collected art for documentation purposes. The Neka Art Museum opened in 1982 and now houses some 400 works of art.

See traditional Balinese paintings in the famous wayang style, which is based on classic shadow puppets. Make your way over to the gallery with Indonesian contemporary art, including realistic depictions of rural life. Don’t miss the historic black-and-white photographs of Bali in the years before World War II, and the collection of woodcarvings and bronze sculptures.

One of the pavilions has an impressive range of work by the Dutch impressionist Arie Smit, who settled in Bali after World War II. Study his vivid strokes and the naive genre he developed and taught to Indonesian landscape painters.

The Lempad Pavilion has a fine collection of the famous local artist I Gusti Nyoman Lempad, who joined the Pitamaha art co-operative established by another Dutchman, Rudolf Bonnet. Bonnet started the Museum Puri Lukisan in Ubud and his work also features here.

End with the temporary exhibits, which keep the museum interesting for returning visitors. To make more of your visit, browse the bookstore and gift shop for reference books or souvenirs, and enjoy refreshments in the on-site café.

The Neka Art Museum is in Campuhan, a 10-minute drive northwest from downtown Ubud. The museum is open daily, but not on Sunday mornings and public holidays. The museum is popular with tour groups, so come mid afternoon if you want to avoid the crowds. All exhibitions have detailed information in English.


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Munari Resort & Spa

Munari Resort & Spa

Jl. Raya Sanggingan, Desa Kedewatan, Ubud
3.9
of 5, from 16 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Situated in a rural location, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Neka Art Museum, Blanco Museum, and The Blanco Renaissance Museum. Gunung Lebah Temple and Puri Lukisan Museum are also within 2 mi (3 km).

RedDoorz Plus @ Tjampuhan Ubud

RedDoorz Plus @ Tjampuhan Ubud

Jalan Raya Tjampuhan, Ubud
3.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Ubud, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Blanco Museum, Neka Art Museum, and The Blanco Renaissance Museum. Gunung Lebah Temple and Puri Lukisan Museum are also within 1 mi (2 km).

$94
Sunset Hill

Sunset Hill

Jalan Bankiang Sidem, Ubud
3.0
of 5, from 1 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in Sambahan, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Gunung Lebah Temple, Blanco Museum, and The Blanco Renaissance Museum. Puri Lukisan Museum and Pura Taman Saraswati are also within 2 mi (3 km).

$272
COMO Uma Ubud

COMO Uma Ubud

Jalan Raya Sanggingan,Banjar Lungsiakan, Ubud
4.8
of 5, from 48 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

This family-friendly Kedewatan hotel is located in a rural location, within 1 mi (2 km) of Neka Art Museum, Blanco Museum, and The Blanco Renaissance Museum. Ubud Traditional Art Market and Puri Lukisan Museum are also within 2 mi (3 km).

$34
Royal Villa Jepun

Royal Villa Jepun

Jl. Raya Sanggingan, Ubud
4.5
of 5, from 13 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Kedewatan, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Neka Art Museum, Blanco Museum, and The Blanco Renaissance Museum. Gunung Lebah Temple and Puri Lukisan Museum are also within 2 mi (3 km).

$55
Kori Ubud Resort

Kori Ubud Resort

Jl. Raya Sanggingan, Ubud
4.2
of 5, from 70 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

This family-friendly Kedewatan resort is within a 15-minute walk of Neka Art Museum, Blanco Museum, and The Blanco Renaissance Museum. Puri Lukisan Museum and Gunung Lebah Temple are also within 1 mi (2 km).

$78
The Lokha Ubud

The Lokha Ubud

BR. BANGKIANGSIDEM, Ubud
4.5
of 5, from 140 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

This family-friendly Ubud resort is located on the riverwalk, within 1 mi (2 km) of Gunung Lebah Temple, Blanco Museum, and The Blanco Renaissance Museum. Ubud Traditional Art Market and Puri Lukisan Museum are also within 2 mi (3 km).