Setia Darma House of Mask and Puppets, Sukawati

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At Setia Darma House of Mask and Puppets, admire the intricate craftsmanship behind a disappearing art forms that remain part of Indonesia's colorful heritage and history of storytelling. Nestled amongst rice fields near a traditional Balinese village, this private venue houses a huge collection of masks and puppets, brought mostly from Southeast Asia, Africa, and Japan. The items are displayed in four traditional Javanese houses and accompanied by detailed descriptions. If you get overwhelmed with the scope of the collection, grab refreshments at the onsite cafe or take a relaxing walk around the traditional Balinese garden. With our international travel planner, Sukawati attractions like Setia Darma House of Mask and Puppets can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • Fantastic museum, several wooden joglo houses, in a well kept and beautifal garden, which show a gorgeous collection of masks and puppets. No entry fee, donation box at the rnd. Mustvsee! 
    Fantastic museum, several wooden joglo houses, in a well kept and beautifal garden, which show a gorgeous collection of masks and puppets. No entry fee, donation box at the rnd. Mustvsee!  more »
  • I was looking for a nice quiet place in Ubud to spend some time and I was very lucky to have found this place! Beautiful area, and the museum itself, located in several different houses, is an... 
    I was looking for a nice quiet place in Ubud to spend some time and I was very lucky to have found this place! Beautiful area, and the museum itself, located in several different houses, is an...  more »
  • During our recent trip to Bali, we visited many museums, temples and other cultural centres but this beautifully presented museum of masks and puppets in the village of Mas was, by far, the... 
    During our recent trip to Bali, we visited many museums, temples and other cultural centres but this beautifully presented museum of masks and puppets in the village of Mas was, by far, the...  more »
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  • Located over 6 different buildings with English and Indonesian information, this museum holds a large number of masks and puppets which are quite impressive in number and quality. The grounds are also large and immaculate, but oddly this location is by donation only. When you visit, you will see that serious money has and will continue to be spent here so it's a mystery how they stay open. I don't really like masks and puppets, but enjoyed here. It's worth a visit if you have the time
  • What a hidden gem! Amazing collection of masks from all around Indonesia, Africa and Europe as well. The puppets collection is also something that tells more than stories and history too. The garden by itself is so serene and enchanted. Such a peaceful place that is so well maintained. The entrance is free of charge and at the moment of our visit we were the only guests. Highly recommend!
  • This place is amazing!!!!!!! See all those exclamation marks? It doesn't seem that many people know about this place but it is a must see. The collection of masks and puppets is unparalleled and even includes some items from around the world. (Nothing from Canada yet but I think we convinced them to add something 😆) This museum is free which makes it even more incredible aaand we had a private guided tour which made it even more worthwhile. I highly, highly recommend making this a stop on any trip to Ubud!
  • Set in a beautiful and well maintained garden, the museum contains around five medium sized buildings filled with masks, shadow puppets and other art. It will take around 30 min to an hour to stroll through the exposition. The entrance is kind of free, but a donation is advised.
  • They have a beautiful & extensive collection of masks and Puppets, distributed in 7 houses on the premises. Each mask/puppet has a sign with a explanation of the character and in which tale/folklore it is used (in indonesian and english). The entry is free with donation and I definitely recommend visiting it. Also bring some time with you, since there is a lot to see (unfortunately, I got there a bit late and only got to see a fraction of their collection before they closed).

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