Museum Wayang (Shadow Puppet Museum)

Attraction Jl. Pintu Besar Utara No.27 Pinangsia, Jakarta Barat 11110 Indonesia Published on: 13-11-2015

1 hours 30 mins
09:00 AM - 03:00 PM
09:00 AM
10:30 AM
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Historic
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Must see
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Wayang is a theatrical performance employing puppets or human dancer. The puppet could be made of leather which perform shadow puppets play, or of wooden.

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Why Museum Wayang (Shadow Puppet Museum) is special ?

Wayang Museum (used to be called as Shadow Puppet Museum as well) is a museum which keeps collections of wayang from various territories inIndonesia and even from other countries.


Wayang Museum Building was constructed at a former old church location, which built by VOC in 1640 with a name of “de oude Hollandsche Kerk”. The church was functioned as a house of worship for Dutch civil and military in Indonesia until 1732. In 1733 the church was renovated and the name was changed to be “de nieuwe Hollandsche Kerk”. The building existed until 1808, until an earthquake broke it making the church could not be occupied anymore. On the location where the church previously stood, a building then constructed, it's the one stands there currently, which initially functioned as a warehouse belonged to Geo Wehry & Co. Initially in 1912, the front side of Wayang Museum was constructed with a Neo Renaissance style, but then in 1938 the whole building was renovated and adjusted to be like Dutch buildings in the colonization time. The open garden of Wayang Museum which located at the former yard of the Holland church was estimated as the funeral of General Governor Jan Peiterszoon Coen.



On 7th November, 2003, the United Nation recognized Indonesian wayang as the world heritage of masterpiece creation. Hence, if you visit Jakarta you should put Wayang Museum in one of interesting places list that you must visit.


Source: indonesia-travel-guide.com

What to explore at Museum Wayang (Shadow Puppet Museum)?

The collections of Wayang Museum are very various, in both small and big size. Wayang Museum collects Indonesian leather wayangs, like Kedu, Tejokusuman, Ngabean, Surakarta, Banyumas, Cirebon, Gedog, Sadat, Madia Krucil, Sasak, Kaper, Wahyu, Kijang Kencana, Ukur, Suluh, Klitik, and Beber. Wayang Museum has collections of scarce wayang as well like Intan wayang, Suket, Beber and Revolusi. Besides, Wayang Museum also has some collections of wooden wayang like Catur, Cepak Cirebon, Kebumen, Pekalongan, Bandung, Gundala-Gundala from Tanah Karo, and Si Gale-Gale from Tanah Batak. There are collections of mask which were sourced from Cirebon, Bali, and Center Java. Some other stuffs are also displayed in Wayang Museum, like gamelan, Blencong lamp, glass wayang, zinc wayang, and paintings. There’re some collections that sourced from abroad, some of them are from Kelantan, Malaysia, Suriname, France, Cambodia, and Thailand.

Source: indonesia-travel-guide

How to get to Museum Wayang (Shadow Puppet Museum)?

To reach Wayang Museum you could ride a taxi or public transportation, like busway. If you choose to ride busway, please ride the first corridor busway with Blok M to Kota Tua route. You need to get off at the Kota Tua Terminal (Old City Terminal) which is the last terminal where the busway will stop before go back to Blok M. You could reach Wayang Museum by walk from the terminal, since the distance is only about 300 meters, or you could ride a bicycle which local people call as bicycleojek.

Source: indonesia-travel-guide

Selling points

  • Focus of a visit to Fatahillah Square
  • Field trip
  • Learn from the heritage
  • Fun twist for the unsuspecting visitor
  • Gem hidden for history enthusiasts
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Duration
3.0 days
Estimated
105.45 USD
Total travel distance
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Number of places
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Jl. Pintu Besar Utara No.27 Pinangsia, Jakarta Barat 11110 Indonesia

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  • To reach Wayang Museum you could ride a taxi or public transportation, like busway. If you choose to ride busway, please ride the first corridor busway with Blok M to Kota Tua route. You need to get off at the Kota Tua Terminal (Old City Terminal) which is the last terminal where the busway will stop before go back to Blok M. You could reach Wayang Museum by walk from the terminal, since the distance is only about 300 meters, or you could ride a bicycle which local people call as bicycle ojek.
    Transportation
  • Wayang Museum conducts wayang presentation periodically on every second, third and fourth Sunday every month, from 10:00am to 14:00pm. Go early to avoid school groups.
    Timming
  • REMEMBER to bargain if you try to shop too!
    Shopping
  • Wayang Museum located next to Fatahillah Square, and near to Jakarta History Museum as well asFine Art and Ceramic Museum which are also interesting to visit.
    Things nearby

Reviews

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interesting but small museum, probably the only place where you can find traces of culture in Jakarta.

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We were lucky to visit Indo on Sunday, since we had a chance to visit this place.Very nice museum and the historical value.I loved the traditional atmosphere. The puppets were mainly from Indonesia. They expressed their tradition and their customs very well.I really loved it. Somehow, they helped me to love more Indo people, Indo country and Indo tradition.It is a should-be.

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Traditional puppet show on Sunday morning. The puppets on display are mainly from Indonesian provinces however there are a few puppets from other parts of the world

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interesting but small museum, probably the only place where you can find traces of culture in Jakarta.

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