Trip Planner:   Asia  /  Indonesia  /  Java  /  Jakarta  /  Museums  /  Museum Wayang

Museum Wayang, Jakarta

(3.4/5 based on 400+ reviews on the web)
Discover the ancient art of Javanese wayang puppet theater at Museum Wayang. Wayang theater has explored moral, aesthetic, and philosophical values since at least 930 CE. The museum houses one the best collections of wayang puppets in the world, including flat leather shadow puppets (wayang kulit) and three-dimensional wooden puppets (wayang golek). Alongside traditional Javanese characters, the displays include puppets and dolls from Malaysia, Thailand, Suriname, China, Vietnam, France, India, and Cambodia. Wayang props and sets, musical instruments, costumes, sculptures, and paintings round out the collection. Beware of scam artists offering "freelance tours" as they may try to fleece you for large sums. Make Museum Wayang part of your personalized Jakarta itinerary using our Jakarta travel itinerary planner.
Create a full Jakarta itinerary
map

Plan your trip to Jakarta

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Plans in Jakarta by other users

50 days in Indonesia BY A USER FROM GERMANY July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, fast-paced, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Fast-paced 24 days in Jakarta BY A USER FROM BELGIUM August, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, popular PREFERENCES: August, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 29 days in Asia BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM January, popular PREFERENCES: January ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 2 days in Jakarta BY A USER FROM MALAYSIA June, fast-paced, popular PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Fast-paced 17 days in Indonesia BY A USER FROM SAUDI ARABIA June, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: June, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 4 days in Jakarta BY A USER FROM INDIA March, popular PREFERENCES: March ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 3 days in Jakarta BY A USER FROM MALAYSIA February, popular PREFERENCES: February ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 34 days in Indonesia BY A USER FROM CANADA June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 4 days in Jakarta BY A USER FROM MALAYSIA June, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: June, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 5 days in Jakarta BY A USER FROM MALAYSIA June, kids, culture, relaxing, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: June, kids, culture, relaxing, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 4 days in Jakarta BY A USER FROM MALAYSIA June, popular PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 4 days in Jakarta BY A USER FROM INDONESIA February, outdoors, romantic, popular PREFERENCES: February, outdoors, romantic ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium
View more plans
Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • Is a Japanese Museum. Looking forward to seeing lots of dolls and paintings. I can please feel free to visitors from the entrance fee is reasonable. Artistry is the wonder? To say such a thing that should not be! Seen Indonesia traditional dolls so nice of wonder?
    View original
  • Beside that the museum exhibits different kinds of wayang and other dolls you will also find an old gravestones. Mind you very much because we were approached by several people for a tour so make sure you don't later being tied is where you don't feel like it.
    View original
  • Ya, tentunya saya bilang ini warna-warni sebab di dalam museum ini kita bisa melihat wayang yang beragam bentuk, model, warna, dan sejarahnya dari penjuru Indonesia. Unik, antik, dan cantik. Juga ada ...  more »
Google
  • Somewhat interesting but like other museums in Jakarta just a bit flat and run down. The puppets were really cool but displays lacked the love you'd expect when celebrating your own culture.
  • History of Indonesian puppet. Their collection include wayang, traditional Indonesia puppet made from buffalo skin, to more modern puppet such as Unyil that have their own show in national television. They display their collection very neatly. They also sometimes hold a traditional puppet show. Very recommended museum to go
  • You can visit all museum in kota tua. One of them is museum wayang (puppet). You can find puppets in different representation. Good show case. My kiddos love this museum. Cheap entrance ticket. U can go by transjakarta, KRL (train), mikrolet or gojek.
  • In this museum you can visits the beauty of Indonesia's culture, especially about wayang/shadow puppets. The building is historic, but inside the building you can see something modern.
  • Nice place..little bit dark inside..there are lot of kind of wayang from all over indonesia.