The Museum Negeri Nusa Tenggara Barat, Lombok also known, as Museum of West Nusa Tenggara, exhibits a variety of beautiful and fascinating cultures of the island. The ancient artifacts and decorative arts, as well as local armor and arms are all displayed in the museum.
Located on Jalan Panji Tilar Negara, in the South Ampenan area, about 7 kilometres from the centre of Mataram City, the Museum Negeri Nusa Tenggara Barat holds a valuable collection of the past. Lobby Hall lies in the front section of the museum displaying a modern Berugak architecture. The Lobby Hall is connected to the exhibition hall through a corridor. On the left wall of the corridor there are illustrations of West Nusa Tenggara culture like: the Gandrung, Rudat, Cepung, Wayang, and Jaran Kamput. The right side of the wall displays paintings of Melengke, Toja, Konya, Sak Eco, Handra, and Rebana Rea.
There is a beautiful garden for the tourists to relax and enjoy the beauty. Permanent Exhibition Hall I of Museum Negeri Nusa Tenggara Barat, only a few meters away from the corridor, is divided into two wings: the left wing, and the right wing. The left wing has a collection of photographs, fossils of the Stegodon, Paleokarbau, and Hypothalamus, and paintings. The paintings display the origin of earth and the universe, according to the Nebula Fog theory, tectonic structure of the West Nusa Tenggara islands, and photographs of the protected birds of Indonesia like: Jalak Putih, Rangkong Sulawesi, Camar Cokelat, and Dara Mahkota.
The Permanent Exhibition Hall I’s right wing also have a collection of fossils of rare woods, like Rajumas, Cempaka, Lingsar, Bajur, Kepundung, and Kelincung, and giant photographs of the kakatua, and Koakiau.
2 paintings illustrating the villages and traditional wedding dresses of the Sasak, Samawa, and Mbojo ethnics are on a display in the Permanent Exhibition Hall II. Bsides there are also the language and writings of the ethnic races of West Nusa Tenggara. Collection of palm leaf manuscripts of Asta Dasa Parwa (Mahabharata), Takepan Kotaragam, Takepan Jatiswara, Kitab Katika, and Pisau Pangot are among the rarest collection found here. There is also a huge collection of traditional West Nusa Tenggara weapons of Bima Sultanate. Besides there are various tools like Kodong Iping, Bosang, and Bubu, which are used to catch fresh water fish, collection of hunting tools like Puyuh Bird Trap, Chicken String, Traps for Tekukur Birds, and a Pendiwai.
Among the various other collection of the museum the most notable ones are: currency from the Portuguese, Spanish, and Dutch colonial days, Kriya arts, and traditional arts of West Nusa Tenggara, traditional game intruments, and mystical instruments.
The Museum Negeri Nusa Tenggara Barat, Lombok remains open from Tuesday to Sunday from 8am to 1pm, and from 2pm to 4pm.