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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 #16 of 75 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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  • Indonesian first
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English first
Jakarta, Indonesia
12 reviews 12 reviews
10 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

In the heart of Batavia, old Jakarta, this museum is dedicated to traditional Indonesian Wayang. We were met by a very informative member of the puppeteers. He has travelled all over the world entertaining.The museum is extensive and very interesting with plenty of information but not always in English. However another very enthuastic member was very excited about His Museum.

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Waterford, Ireland
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29 reviews 29 reviews
12 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

This unique museum, in an old Dutch building in the heart of what used to be called Batavia, has been lovingly created to illustrate the fascinating art of Indonesian puppetry. For anyone with an interest in Indonesian culture this museum is a "must see".

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Leschenault, Western Australia
14 reviews 14 reviews
11 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Set in the old Dutch colonial district on a site formerly housing two churches, overlooking this square. Puppetry as a major art form of story telling in Indonesian culture is well represented and displayed, along with a collection of puppets both old and contemporary from around the world.

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London, United Kingdom
15 reviews 15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

Definitely worth a visit. I believe the puppet shows start at 11 a.m. on Sundays each week. I sat in on one, but you can also spend at least an hour roaming about looking at the puppets. Beware the men who approach you as you exit -- they will take you to the building across the road and give you... More

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Senior Contributor
42 reviews 42 reviews
3 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014 via mobile

I was curious about the old town district so I brought along my boyfriend to accompany me here. The first museum we got in was this Museum Wayang. The entrance ticket was only a few thousands! There were various type of wayang inside. From local to international. All is fascinating. I found myseld looking at one of the wayang thoroughly,... More

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Jakarta, Indonesia
16 reviews 16 reviews
8 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2014

This is a place where you could find puppets, any kind of puppets. Too bad is not well-managed nor maintained. If it were, this could've been one of most favourite cultural places in Jakarta.

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Montreal, Canada
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480 reviews 480 reviews
305 attraction reviews
542 helpful votes 542 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2014

We visited this museum with '' Hidden Jakarta Tour'', and this is how we learned how important Muppets were in the Indonesian culture . For an Westerner where muppets are considered as toys , a guide is recommended to fully appreciate the characteristics and the values of the different pieces of art ( not toys ) presented ! So to... More

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Palm Coast, Florida
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169 reviews 169 reviews
77 attraction reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2014

The lighting was extremely poor here and it was difficult to see the excellent collection of puppets.

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Palm Bay, Florida
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402 reviews 402 reviews
238 attraction reviews
139 helpful votes 139 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014

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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112 reviews 112 reviews
36 attraction reviews
123 helpful votes 123 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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