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“Forgotten gem”
Review of Le Mayeur Museum

Le Mayeur Museum
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Cycle Tour of Sanur Village with Seawalker Experience
Ranked #18 of 80 things to do in Sanur
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: This small museum at the north end of Sanur Beach evokes a time of innocence and beauty before the introduction of relatively recent laws banning "immodest dress." Even more impressive than the paintings by the Belgian artist of the young Balinese dancer he married and her friends is the small mansion in which the art and artifacts are housed: a lovely example of Balinese architecture decorated with finely carved and gilded wooden shutters.
Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
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10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Forgotten gem”
Reviewed 5 July 2014

Step back in time through gorgeously ornate timber work to find absolutely beautiful pieces of art displayed in every room. But be quick, because they cannot last forever in this unforgiving climate. I don't know what was more fascinating, the art or the house and outbuildings themselves. Disappointed not to be able to pick up any reproductions in the 'sales gallery' and also warn travellers not to go there if you are thinking of using the toilets. I think they were last cleaned when the artist was alive....

Visited July 2014
1 Thank Alicolb
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England, United Kingdom
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104 reviews
48 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
“Not open”
Reviewed 11 June 2014

We arrived at the museum at 3pm having read in our guidebook that it was open until 3.30pm, only to find that it was locked up. Even our hotel didn't seem to be aware of the opening hours

Visited June 2014
1 Thank 1Walker57
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9 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Wilting Flower”
Reviewed 31 May 2014

An artists love of Bali and his muse are quietly presented in the home and now museum. Extremely beautiful collection of works, that takes you back to the untouched era of Bali. What a wonderful legacy for Bali, the preservation of the works and buildings do need attention as this legacy may not survive. Go early , an hour or two is all you will need to spend here, it is well worth the visit.

Visited May 2014
1 Thank Peter L
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Monterey, California
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7 reviews
“Interesting look at the lives of LeMayeur & Ni Polok.”
Reviewed 21 May 2014

Their beachfront family compound turned into a museum, with a fine collection of LeMayeur's work and several beautiful photographs of the artist and Ni Polok.

Visited May 2014
Thank Kerry M
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Marbella, Spain
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228 reviews
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“Le Mayeur would be disappointed”
Reviewed 24 April 2014

Once found, the cost of entry is, as often, twice the price for foreigners. Lovely garden, very poor toilets and the displays are in a poor state behind reflective glass so difficult to see the painting properly. This museum could be a wonder of a bygone era where an ageing artist finds his way to Bali and falls in love with his model. The house, gardens and paintings have all the makings of a wonderful museum but sadly it is neglected. The artist was prolific and his work reveals his love for his wife, Bali and it's people.

Visited April 2014
1 Thank Monda15
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