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“Don't get a guide” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Bali Provincial State Museum (Negeri Propinsi Bali)

Bali Provincial State Museum (Negeri Propinsi Bali)
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Half-Day Denpasar City Tour
Ranked #37 of 152 things to do in Denpasar
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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Surabaya, Indonesia
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38 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Don't get a guide”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2013

Overall, everything is good. There are some interesting artifacts. It used to be a palace. It's located beside a temple and a sports field. But the thing that made me a little annoyed is that the guide attached itself to us, and talked all the way. I quite like the way he tells story, it made everything more historical. His friend sold traditional paintings which he made me bought. But then, after we're done, we gave him Rp50.000,00. But he said tourists often gave him $20 or so. And his business hasn't really run well these days. Well, after he insisted, we ended up giving him 200.000. This is just a warning, DO NOT LET THOSE GUIDES BE WITH YOU!!! (but overall of the museum is great)

Visited August 2013
2 Thank Michelle V
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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“Not worth of a visit as most exhibitions renovated!”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2013 via mobile

We've decided to visit Denpasar to visit Bali Museum. Not worth of a visit as most exhibitions are renovated at the moment.

It is worth to mention, that so called guide, not even employed by the museum, followed us after we got the tickets and seemed not to understand we weren't interested in being ripped off. When he finally went back to the ticket office to wait for another 'victims' we were followed by street sellers offering painitng, souvenirs, calendars... So be aware.

Toilet disguisting, dirty with the remains of the previous user. We looked for another one.

Visited September 2013
1 Thank Iza S
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Shanghai, China
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 327 helpful votes
“Nice museum with interesting ethnographic collection”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2013

When you visit Bali and you are interested in the history of Bali, then this museum is worth a visit. Do not expect a western museum as this museum is run with a very low budget. You don't need a guide as the pavilions can be easily done by yourself. Large collection of archaeological findings, sculptures and an ethnographic collection. Worthwhile a 1-2 hour visit.

Visited September 2012
3 Thank anthonyholland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Worth a Visit”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 July 2013

This museum houses a sampling of ethnographic collections including dance masks and costumes, sculpture, textiles, paintings and archaeological artifacts. If you have any interest in history, or Balinese culture, it is definitely worth the visit, just don't expect to find yourself in a large world-class type of museum. Because it is a smaller collection, however, you can actually see, read about, and absorb each item in a 1 - 2 hour visit. The grounds and buildings themselves are also quite impressive.

You may find yourself in the company of a "guide" as soon as you purchase your ticket. After reading reviews here we were prepared for this. When approached we simply asked if he was working with the museum and when he said no, we thanked him, but said we would prefer to go on by ourselves, at which point he returned to the entrance.

There are a couple of other points of interest nearby including a coral temple next door, a large park across the street, and lots of shopping on the streets around.

Visited June 2013
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Sydney, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
“Warning-do not get a guide”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 June 2013 via mobile

The museum itself is ok, not great as a bit run down and exhibits not looked after as well as they could be. There are about 4 pavilions in the complex. It cost 10000rp to get in which is a good price. However, a guide attached himself to us and demanded way more than we tipped him at the end. We tipped him 50000rp at the end which I thought was really good and he demanded another 50000rp!!!! Also when we first walked in the guide introduced us to a friend of his who just happened to be selling paintings, once again we were harassed to buy something. If you wanted to go here, I would definately say give it a go as there are some really interesting artifacts. However, say no to a guide unless you feel like getting ripped off. It is a small place so it's easy to navigate around yourself. Also, there's a nice temple next door, once again don't get a guide. The guide at the museum was saying he couldn't understand why more tourists didn't go there, well I can tell you exactly why, stop ripping them off!

Visited June 2013
2 Thank fizzles
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