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Museum Wayang

Jl. Pintu Besar Utara 27 | Jakarta Barat, Jakarta 11110, Indonesia
62 21 692 9560
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As featured in Jakarta for young kids
Ranked #18 of 67 attractions in Jakarta
Type: Specialty Museums
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Description: This museum exhibits a great many wayang kulit, two-dimensional puppets used in the ancient art of Javanese storytelling.
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English first
Palm Bay, Florida
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302 reviews 302 reviews
193 attraction reviews
90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

There was a puppet show that was going to start but we didn't have 2 hours to see it. Just walked around and viewed the many puppets in display cases. Worth a visit as it's located in Taman Fatahilah Square.

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Davis, California
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96 helpful votes 96 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

Located in the Taman Fatahilah Square (the historical district of Jakarta), this puppet museum keeps collections of wayang from various territories in Indonesia and even from other countries. To gain some knowledges about shadow puppet before you go there would make your visit more interesting.

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

We had a nice guide who explained to us the stories behind the puppets and origins of the puppets. But after a while, my daughter found it rather repetitive. I did too. After the walk, our guide brought us to a puppet seller elsewhere. It was unexpected and I didn't feel very comfortable following him to the back streets. It... More

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Ottawa, Canada
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51 attraction reviews
108 helpful votes 108 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2014

If you're familiar with Indonesian puppet shows and/or speak Indonesian, this museum will appeal to you but if you're not, it's a curiosity, without much of an explanation for its appeal.

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Jakarta, Indonesia
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25 reviews 25 reviews
18 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

In the main square of old town Jakarta, in a old Dutch building, it can be very interesting if you found of wayang, and if you do not know about it, on Saturday morning there is a wayang show that worth while go.

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Jakarta, Indonesia
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7 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014

Look for Bapak Alex. He is the puppet-master and has traveled the world representing Indonesia. He'll give you a private tour at this museum and the other museums nearby. Just give him a tip afterwards. Very nice man and speaks English. The Dutch catacombs at the back of the museum is interesting.

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massachusetts, usa
3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

If you ever saw the great movie "Year of Living Dangerously" you will really love this museum! It is the world's best collection of Indonesian puppetry from the old Wayang ceremonies. A deep cultural attraction that just takes a little research to really appreciate. Definitely worth an hour or two!

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Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan, Malaysia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2014

Museum wayang is location in an old town, which famously known by local as Kota Tua. It's a really interesting little place to visit with a mixture of the wonderful puppets that are so renowned throughout the world and some histories behind. It will be great if you can do some studies on their background so you can get a... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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120 attraction reviews
101 helpful votes 101 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2014

We were shown around the museum by a puppet maker. He explained the symbolism of the different types of puppets and was really interesting. He answered questions we had about the puppets. We did not get to see a puppet show unfortunately. At the end we saw how the puppets were made and could buy the finished product. We had... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2013

I visited this museum to take my families from abroad, it has so many puppets and i think they also have one deutch graveyard inside CMIIW. Nothing much to see, if you like puppets and other old collectibles which related to puppets this place is the way to go. believe or not, when my niece which is 12 years old... More

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