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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 77 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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carndonagh donegal
20 reviews 20 reviews
10 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

it was quite busy while we were there loads of puppets and not much else,then at the end a show that you could sit in and watch,but it can go on for up to 9 hrs,cheap to visit

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Jakarta, Indonesia
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Great museum, puppets were excellent, well presented, lighting excellent. Fantastic place to view some of Indonesian history. Excellent place to take children.

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Perth, Western Australia, Australia
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22 reviews 22 reviews
8 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

An interesting reflection on one small part of Indonesian culture - shadow puppetry...worth having a look at the range, style and various sizes of puppets that make up the artistry of puppetry.

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Bandung, Indonesia
13 reviews 13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

You can see wayang from Indonesia, I like Si Unyil very much! This place also have other puppet collection from other country.. The entry ticket is very cheap. But I don't really like the atmosphere, a little bit creepy. Especially in section which shown international puppet collection :(

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Busan, South Korea
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113 reviews 113 reviews
40 attraction reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

Easy to get to from the Kota KRL station, this museum houses... thousands?... of marionettes and traditional Javanese shadow puppets. The intricate design on many of them is fascinating! There's also a room full of puppets that have been donated to the museum by other countries. Most of the English signs (where they exist) don't make any sense at all,... More

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Jakarta, Indonesia
12 reviews 12 reviews
10 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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
29 helpful votes 29 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
15 helpful votes 15 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
9 helpful votes 9 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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45 reviews 45 reviews
3 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 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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