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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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  • It was my first time entering puppet museum. The experience was unique, a little scary of those scary puppets. Honestly I don't really like it but I respected it. It was the legend of Indonesia...  more »
  • Wayang Museum is probably one of the most exciting museums all over Indonesia, a country rich in cultural diversity and countless museological options. The Wayang Museum celebrates one of the most...  more »
  • Literally translated as Puppet Museum. I was not prepared to see the exhibits: scary monster puppets. Artists would appreciate the intricate patterns of the puppets as well as the imaginative minds of the people who created these puppets, and the stories behind each items. but, to normal people, the exhibits are more of an 'acquired taste'.
  • One of the museum to visit if you go in Jakarta old town. Puppets are a real Java Island tradition! Beautiful museum P.S. Air conditioning is not good, but you are visiting a museum and looking for puppets. It's not a beauty center. If you want air conditioning go to commercial center or stay in the hotel

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