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Bali: dancing for the gods

This exhibition explores the culture of Bali and in particular the way moral values and a respect for the environment are passed from one generation to the next through the stories and dance of Balinese Hinduism. 

In 1961, the Horniman Museum received a gift of historic film and photographs belonging to Beryl de Zoete, who was co-author, with Walter Spies, of the classic work Dance & Drama in Bali. Their visual exploration of the performing arts of Bali provides a unique insight into the life and religion of the Balinese people in the 1930s. 

Highlight objects include a full gamelan orchestra, lavishly decorated with gilded carvings of flora and fauna, and a spectacular life-sized funeral bull. Dance costumes, masks, puppets, sculptures and textiles show the religious context of performance in Bali.

In the exhibition, film and photographs from the archive provide the backdrop for a journey through the cultural heart of Bali, showing both change and continuity in the life of this jewel in the Indonesian ocean.

Ticket prices

Our tickets are for both our Aquarium and Bali: dancing for the gods exhibition. Tickets can be bought from the Information Desk at the Museum's entrance.

Admission charges

  Gift Aid Day Admission Standard Day Admission Annual Pass
£2.50 £2 £6
Children 3–16 Yrs
(under 3 free)
£1.20 £1 n/a
(4 people, up to 2 adults)
£5.50 £5 £15

· Any paying visitor with special needs can be accompanied by their carer free of charge.
· Admission for school groups without booked sessions is £1 per person and free for those with booked sessions.
· Free entry on the first Tuesday of every month from 4–5.30pm