Agung Rai Museum of Art

Lonely Planet review

Founded by Agung Rai as a museum, gallery and cultural centre, the impressive ARMA is the only place in Bali to see haunting works by influential German artist Walter Spies and it has many more masterpeices. The museum is housed in several traditional buildings set in gardens with water coursing through channels.

It features work by 19th-century Javanese artist Raden Saleh. It exhibits classical Kamasan paintings, Batuan-style work from the 1930s and '40s, and works by Lempad, Affandi, Sadali, Hofker, Bonnet and Le Mayeur. The collection is well labelled in English.

Look for the enigmatic Portrait of a Javanese Nobleman and His Wife by Raden Saleh, which predates the similar American Gothic by decades.

It's fun to visit ARMA when local children practise Balinese dancing and during gamelan practice . There are regular Legong and Kecak performances. There are myriad cultural courses offered here.

You can enter the museum grounds from the southern end of Jl Raya Pengosekan or around the corner on Jl Pengosekan at Kafe Arma, where there's parking.