Ubud has some great museums such as the ARMA, Neka and Museum Blanco (for those with a sense of humor). Ubud also has some great smaller museums and here are a few.
•Museum Puri Lukisan
This museum of fine arts is located in downtown Ubud, off of Jl. Raya Ubud, just to the west of Jl. Kajeng. Museum Puri Lukisan displays the works of Rudolf Bonnet, I Gusti Nyoman Lempad, and others. The museum was opened in 1954, and offers exhibits representing all schools of Balinese art, as well as the more modern styles. The Pita Maha movement was started in Ubud in 1936, by Cokorda Gede Agung Sukawati, I Gusti Nyoman Lempad, Walter Spies and Rudolf Bonnet. The purpose of the movement, was to maintain the high standard of Balinese art, and not give in to the temptation to mass produce stuff for the tourist market. Exhibits of the Pita Maha movement are on display.
Museum Puri Lukisan also shows works of the ‘Young Artists’ a group founded in Penestenan in the 1960’s, inspired by Dutch artist, Arie Smit. This school of painting encouraged local Balinese to break away from restraint and paint in a free, almost naive style, expressing modern items in their work. There is also a space for temporary exhibitions.
Open daily 8am-4pm
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Located to the SE of Ubud in the village of Peliatan, Museum Rudana opened in 1995 and offers traditional Balinese paintings, as well as drawings by Lempad. There are also some modern pieces.
Open daily 8am-5pm
•Widya Kusuma Woodcarving Museum
Located outside the southern end of Monkey Forest, in the village of Nyuhkuning, this quite place offes a small selection of carved items, in various forms and styles. Heading south you have to go past the Pura Dalem.
Open daily 10am-5pm