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Wayang Museum, Jakarta

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Discover the ancient art of Javanese wayang puppet theater at Wayang Museum. 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 Wayang Museum a part of your Jakarta vacation plans using our Jakarta online travel route builder .
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  • There is too much to see at the Wayang museum. Be prepared to spend 2 hours there if you want to admire the detailed puppet carvings. This place is a photographers’ dream.  more »
  • on the renewed Spanish Batavia a museum dedicated to puppets and marionettes missed exposed example of crafts and local cuisine are very beautiful and fascinating in jakata not littered with places to visit that you can not miss
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  • Semester 1 holidays school children yesterday we went to the old city of Jakarta. One of our yg went is the Museum of the puppet. Different types of puppets from many areas here. Any influx of cheap tickets. Not more than Rp 10,000/person. Kids can play while learning.
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  • Interesting to see the puppets from all over the world. We booked a private tour and a visit with the puppet master. The kids got to see what it takes to make puppets, a very complex and difficult process. We had a private puppet show. It was very enjoyable and adapted to us. At the end we purchased some beautiful masks and some puppets. This was a highlight of our trip to Jakarta and I highly recommend it.
  • Exhibits were incomplete. We had a guide to explain the items to us. I think that's a good idea so that you have a better understanding of what you see. They have a puppet show in a small theatre on certain days... I think only Sundays. They have a clean toilet and it is somewhat air-conditioned... It wasn't really working except for some spots when we were there in December 2017
  • Not a big museum compared to some museums in Kota Tua area. It has wide variants of Wayang. You could find some cute dolls to horrifying horror dolls over there. It has quite cool temperature and the design inside is quite good as well. The toilet is also looks great and clean
  • Puppets museum or Museum Wayang. Interesting place to spend time learning n acknowledge Puppets from many countries. Good to know stories from each puppets.. local guide also available. Good maintained n neat Located in area of Kota Tua Jakarta. Worth to visit. HTM only rp5000/ person
  • Would have been better if they maintained it well. The place smells of moth balls. The puppets were nice but the ambiance of the entire place just ruins the experience.

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