Explore Bali’s history through an artist’s lens as you wander the Museum Pacifika. Compact yet comprehensive, this building with high ceilings and Balé pavilion-style rooms is packed with nearly 600 pieces. The work of 200 artists from 25 countries depicts Bali’s history and its allure to the outside world. Don’t miss the rare collection of Pacific Island masks, weapons, and work from Adrien-Jean Le Mayeur, Theo Meier, Miguel Covarrubias, and Donald Friend. Admire the lively paintings of dancing women by local painter Nyoman Gunarsa and the portraits and oil paintings by Raden Saleh, considered the first modern Indonesian artist. Following your dose of culture, walk 10 minutes to fill up on another Balinese classic at Bebek Bengil. It’s affectionately known as the Dirty Duck Diner for its house specialty, the roast duck, which is steamed in aromatic Indonesian spices then deep-fried for a crispy finish. Dig in and dip it into the kecap manis (Indonesian-style sweet soy sauce) served on the side.
The Museum Pacifika is a 10-minute drive from the hotel, and Bebek Bengil is a three-minute drive (or a 10-minute walk) from the museum.
MUSEUM PACIFIKA: Complex Bali Tourism Development Corporation (BTDC) Area Block P; +62 361774935; www.museum-pasifika.com
BEBEK BENGIL: Complex Bali Tourism Development Corporation (BTDC) Area; +62 361 894811; www.bebekbengil.com