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Subak Museum in Tabanan Reopens Following Partial Structural Collapse

(11/22/2013) The Subak Museum in Sanggulan, Tabanan (west Bali), 20 kilometers west of Denpasar, has reopened to the public after being closed for a period for repairs.

Shortly after the museum’s formal inauguration on October 28, 2013, the museum dedicated to Bali’s ancient water distribution system, was closed when a wall collapsed injuring  three visiting school children.

The main exhibition hall is now open again to visitors. The older halls located in the southern complex of the museum remains closed.

The chief of the Culture and Tourism Department for Tabanan said that repairs on the damaged sections of the museum is under review with representatives from the Department of Public Works.

The museum complex occupies a 6-hectare site educating visitors on traditional forms of water irrigation and rice agriculture. First opened in 1981, some of the items on exhibit date back centuries, chronicling a system of traditional form of cultivate that is at least a thousand years old.

The Subak Museum is open Monday through Saturdays from 8:00 am until 5:00 pm, except on Fridays when the museum closes at 1:00 pm.

Located on Jalan Gatot Subroto in Sanggulan, the museum is just off the Denpasar to Gilimanuk highway. Watch for the signs.