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Everything Old is New Again

Revitalized Museum Bali to Open its Doors in December

(10/6/2012) A revitalization of the Museum Bali is targeted for completion in December 2012 as part of to enhance Bali’s attractiveness as a tourist destination and the island’s reputation as a source of knowledge and learning.

Quoted in the National News Agency Antara, the head of the Culture Department for the province of Bali, I Ketut Suastika, said, “Through the revitalization and repair of the Museum Bali we hope to enhance the reputation of the museum not only as a locale that houses various historical collections, but also as a place of cultural and academic research.”

He said that the provincial government of Bali has allocated Rp. 2 billion (US$210,500) for the renovation and revitalization of the Museum Bali.

The rehabilitation has included repairs on the various buildings that comprised the museum built in 1910 under the Dutch colonial government.

Foundation supports for the main exhibition hall were badly damaged and have been repaired in the course of the current renovation program. Repairs were also carried out on the Tabanan, Karangasem and Buleleng pavilions of the Museum Bali.

Suastika said, “The most difficult part has been trying to return the building to its original style of construction, but we are endeavoring to make the buildings resemble their original design.”

He said that in addition to the physical rehabilitation of the buildings, part of the fund are being used to provide digital information to enhance the visitor experience at the Museum Bali.

Steps have also been taken to improve the interiors of the exhibition halls.

The Museum Bali was built in 1910 using traditional Balinese architecture in order to house thousands of prehistoric and historical collections.