Subak Museum – Bali Agricultural and Irrigation

By | June 19, 2018

Subak Museum

A Small Place for Bali Traditional Agricultural & Irrigation Collections

Subak Museum is a museum which is exhibiting the collection of traditional farming tools and information in detail about Balinese traditional irrigation systems. Furthermore, this museum contains a lot of cultural assets and it also tells a lot about the life of Balinese people who are famous for its agricultural system. Hence, the museum becomes one of famous destinations in Bali to visit. Plenty of people visit this place to learn more about Balinese traditional irrigation systems known as Subak. Therefore, the name of the museum taken from the word.

What’s in there?

Museum Subak Bali has two separate parts, namely indoor complex and outdoor complex. Moreover, the indoor complex is serving miniature of subak irrigation system, study room and information center. It is about how to open rice fields, divide water, make tunnel water, measure water channel and complete with the process of religious ritual ceremony. In this complex, you can also observe traditional equipment commonly used in agriculture in Bali such as cutting tools, pounder rice, rice field plowing, and etc. Furthermore, the outdoor complex is in the form of rice fields with irrigation system subak.

The History of Museum Subak

I Gusti Ketut Kaler was the man who proposed the idea of developing a special place to keep all things about Subak irrigation system and to prevent it from extinction. Furthermore, the aimed at preserving Subak as a noble cultural heritage of the nation and introducing it to the younger generation or the tourists coming to Bali. The idea was manifested in the form of “Subak Cultural Heritage” which was later called “Subak Museum”. Then, Prof. Dr. Ida Bagus Mantra as Bali Governor at that time inaugurated it on 13 October 1981.

Museum Subak Location

The location of Subak Museum is on Kediri Sub district, Tabanan Regency, Bali, Indonesia. It takes about 50 minutes from Denpasar City or 90 minutes from Ngurah Rai International Airport. Furthermore, the government chose Tabanan due to Tabanan has the most extensive rice fields and it has many subak organization. It would be imperfect if you just visit Subak Museum without the real large rice field with its terrace. If you join our tour package you will have a rare opportunity to visit the museum and Jatiluwih Rice Field. Jatiluwih has been recognized by UNESCO as the largest irrigation system in the world.

Nearby Places of Interest


  • Hall
  • Parking Area
  • Food Stalls
  • Drink Stalls