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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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  • Not interesting, its good but puppets enter here felt like puppet liat2 antecedent save d showcase considered gk ada yg well
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  • This small but lovely museum houses all kinds of Javanese puppets. It explains how shadow puppets are made. There are many marionettes on display as well as beautiful hand crafted hand puppets.  more »
  • In Java you can not to the Wayang. This puppet shadow play with accompanying music and dance is in many forms. It's nice to see the dolls themselves, but also as a foreign tourist, I had hoped to get to know a little story of a the historical development and how the different at toongestelde objects within it. This is lacking to my taste a bit in this museum. You get the multitude of objects be presented partly in English, but at its best is the story of the doll itself and what role he plays in a show. For the true wayang enthusiast is that might also be more important.
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  • 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
  • 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.
  • If you like and want to know about Historical of Wayang, this is best place to go. I prefer if you know about Ramayana and Mahabarata's stories to more enjoy the journey
  • If you want to know more about wayang, this is the one stop place you must visit when you guys at jakarta. FYI, wayang is indonesian traditional puppets, not only wayang, you can also see other puppets from around the world as well.

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