There are several museums to visit in Bali in case you love historical things. But even if you are not into historical things, you have to visit the Setia Darma House of Mask and Puppets which is the best and unique museum in Bali and even in Indonesia.
Setia Darma House of Mask and Puppets – The Best And Unique Museum in Bali
Setia Darma House of Mask and Puppets is a Galeria museum of art that is only in Bali.
The museum is also one of the tourist destinations by tourists both nationally and internationally because as a museum that collects so many masks and puppets both original from Indonesia and abroad.
The museum itself is not only a museum of cultural collection and preservation but also a place for entertainment and education about art. In addition, this museum often used as a venue for arts and cultural performances as well.
It was founded by Mr. Prayitno who likes to collect masks and puppet arts that are located throughout Indonesia.
However, from this hobby, he met people who had similar hobbies, both from Indonesian people themselves and foreign people.
Finally, they cooperated and built the museum. This museum was inaugurated in 2006 to the public.
Until now, there are around 1200 masks and 6900 puppets that have been collected over the years in this museum.
All of that does not only come from Indonesia, but also from outside such as Malaysia, Japan, India, Mexico, Sri Lanka, China, Vietnam, Laos, and several countries on the African continent.
If it turns out you like the fine art of masks and other puppet dolls, then Setia Darma House of Mask and Puppets should be on your list of destinations when you go to Bali.
The Price of Admission
If you are interested in visiting the Setia Darma House of Mask and Puppets, then when you enter the museum you will not be charged or free. Very interesting is not it? But still, you should prepare a donation when visiting here as voluntary money to help preserve the collection of items in this museum.
Even though it’s free, always try to fill in the guest book provided when you want to enter the museum.
You can come to visit the museum from 8 AM to 4 PM WITA. The peak crowd of visitors here usually starts at around 12 PM until closing time.
If you are lucky, you can watch the mask and puppets performance directly and for free too.
The location of the Setia Darma House of Mask and Puppets is not difficult to find. This museum is located precisely in Gianyar.
You will more easily come here if you start the journey from downtown Ubud. The museum is not so far from the Goa Gajah tourist.