The locals of Bali love flaunting their wonderful history and colorful heritage. That is why the number of museums in the island can somehow compete with the number of Bali hotels on the beach in the area. These structures do not just display great items under the sun but offer indefinite knowledge, as well, to people who just cannot get enough of it.
One interesting museum in Bali is the Shell Museum.
Known as the first and only of its kind in Indonesia, the Shell Museum in Bali, Indonesia serves as a primary tourist attraction in the area. Located along Sunset Street in Kuta, this elegant structure contributes to the understanding of shells and its beauty.
The Shell Museum opened on September 2009. Boasting a contemporary and sophisticated architectural design, it exhibits different types of shell which age millions of centuries already.
The building has three storeys. On the first floor, a very elegant collection of shells transformed into home decorating pieces are displayed. There are different kinds of house wares, lamps and accessories everywhere.
The second and third floors are where the exhibit of the shells may be found. Glass shelves housing the pieces are equipped with lights to emphasize the beauty of the exhibit. Among the displays, the most remarkable items are the Orthoceras, a squid-looking shell fossil which age is over 395 million years; the Crinoid, which is 440 million years old; and the shining Cypraea Moneta which was used for trade – like money – during the ancient times.
There are thousands of shells on display in the Shell Museum, and visitors will certainly love looking at it.
The museum is just nearby Bali Kuta hotels so dropping by and seeing the spectacular shell collections is easy for any tourist. But for people who prefer artworks than shells, there is one recommended destination to satisfy that craving: the National Art Gallery.
The National Art Gallery of Kuala Lumpur, or the Balai Seni Lukis Negara, is located along Jalan Sultan Hishamuddin, overlooking the Kuala Lumpur Railway Station. It was established on 1958 and operations started with only 4 donated artworks on display.
But now, it features more than 2500 artworks which include ceramics from the early 1900’s; Chinese ink paintings from 1964; drawings and watercolour arts dating from the 1950s to the 1980s; and antique wall fixtures.
The National Art Gallery is divided into five sections: Creative Gallery, Workshop, Resource Center, Auditorium, and the Administrative Center. It is housed on a building constructed on 1932, which features a very unique architectural design. One striking feature of the fa?�ade is its roof which displays a combination of tinted glasses and metal.
Actually, not many appreciate art as not many understand the meaning sent out by the pieces of artworks created by artists. This is a problem which the National Art Gallery in Kuala Lumpur aims to defy. Through the establishment of the museum, people are expected to learn how to love aesthetics and be aware of the preservation, development, exploration and experimentation of Malaysian Art.