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Bali Museum to be Renovated

Rp. 3 Billion Allocated to Rebuild Bali's Century Old Museum, Upgrade Exhibits and Build Modern Toilet Facilities.

(10/4/2010) The national news agency Antara quoted the head of the education and preparation section of the Bali Museum, Ida Ayu Arini, as confirming that Rp. 3 billion (US$333,000) has been set aside to revitalize the downtown Denpasar facility which first opened its doors in 1910.

"These revitalization funds come from the Directorate of Museums of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism (Budpar) and are part of the 2011 State budget," explained Arini. She said the funds will be used to rehabilitate the existing buildings of the century-old museum, focusing on three exhibition halls and other sections of the museum that are suffering decay.

The three buildings slated for major repair and upgrading are the Tabanan, Karangasem and Buleleng halls.

Arini added: "The damage to some part of these three buildings is due to their age. Besides, these building were built using simple construction methods of the past."

Part of the funding will be used to create toilet facilities that meet international standards.

In addition to the physical repair of the buildings the money will also be used on audio-visual equipment to create interesting exhibits for visitors.

The Bali Museum was built in 1910 using traditional Balinese architecture. The physical structure is based on a Balinese royal residence or "Puri".