The Wayang Museum (Indonesian: Museum Wayang) is a museum dedicated to Javan wayang puppetry. The museum is located in Kota Tua, Jakarta, Indonesia. It is one of several museums and galleries facing the Fatahillah Square, which include Jakarta History Museum, Fine Art and Ceramic Museum, and Kota Post Office art gallery.
The museum building occupies the site of a church which was built in 1640, under the name of the Old Dutch Church (Dutch: De Oude Hollandsche Kerk). In 1732, the church was renovated and the name was changed into the New Dutch Church (Dutch: De Nieuwe Hollandsche Kerk). In 1808, an earthquake destroyed the church. Later in 1912, a building was constructed in the Neo-Renaissance style on the site, which initially functioned as a warehouse belonging to Geo Wehry & Co. In 1938, the building was renovated, following Dutch colonial architecture. The garden of the Wayang Museum, located on the former yard of the Dutch church, was the funeral site of General Governor Jan Pieterszoon Coen.
|Tuesday||8:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
|Wednesday||8:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
|Thursday||8:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
|Friday||8:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
|Saturday||8:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
|Sunday||8:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
Maziah | Feb 16, 2018
There are English-speaking guides who are clearly knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the displays - wish there was more information on how to engage them for guided tours. There's potential for being a truly unique museum of puppet dolls from around the world, if a better visitor experience could be provided. Unfortunately the facilities and displays are rather run-down and the visual presentation of information is lacking. It's a pity.
Joe King | Jan 13, 2018
Interesting to see the puppets from all over the world. We booked a private tour and a visit with the puppet master. The kids got to see what it takes to make puppets, a very complex and difficult process. We had a private puppet show. It was very enjoyable and adapted to us. At the end we purchased some beautiful masks and some puppets. This was a highlight of our trip to Jakarta and I highly recommend it.
Matthew Sim | Dec 18, 2017
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
Anggraini Rustam | Mar 3, 2018
This museum has good puppet collection from all over Indonesia, and the rest of the world. The exhibits have good explanatory signs, and there's a live wayang theatre that you can watch for free.
Muhamad Yudistira Muria | Dec 21, 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
Jian Gomez | Mar 9, 2018
It was an eerie but awesome experience seeing strange looking dolls inside the museum, and I felt like a kid again. I was also was able to watch a shadow puppet show which conveys Indonesian values, music and culture. It felt like I'm time traveling to their local villages where it was played. The ticket is cheap, the staff are friendly and helpful, and I think you can make your own puppet. There's also a souvenir shop inside, and a clean toilet as well.
Leizs Hol | Mar 15, 2018
The staff were extremely friendly. Place is huge and filled with amazing puppets, rich with history and knowledge about them. I was the last person to be touring the place, staff was extremely patient with me. Waited for me to look at everything I wanted to see. I felt bad and kept apologising but staff kept insisting I took my time. Lovely place. Amazing people.
Susan Huang | Apr 3, 2018
The museum need to renew and add their collection.... But overall, the place is clean, calm and worth to visit with your family, specially young children. Entrance fee is also cheap so it is affordable for everyone to come and enjoy it.
Grace Diana | May 27, 2018
Puppet museum showing all kind of puppets from all over the world. So the people who came here learn about historical all of the puppets. Love it.
akmal guntara | May 28, 2018
Didn't expect it to be this nice, so there are many types of "wayang" , Puppets from another country... And a nice placement here
Rully Madewa | Jul 3, 2018
Located within area of Kota Tua Batavia, Museum Wayang stores a great collection of puppets and dolls from entire Indonesia and all around the world (a local guide told me that the number of collection reaches up to 5.147 puppets). The visuals are exciting, sometimes look eerie especially those that stored in european side.. But i liked it! Also the ticket is very cheap, and the staffs are surprisingly very friendly.
yopie franz | Jun 17, 2018
It's a must to come to Wayang Museum when visiting Jakarta Old Town area. There are many kind of wayang (traditional puppet) from Indonesia and from some country, like france, india, dutch, etc. There is no prohibition to take pictures here. The ticket is so cheap. With wife, April 2018
Razeen Mujarrab | Jul 27, 2018
The Wayang puppet museum itself was great. Try asking the museum officials to introduce you to the puppet maker/master. It's a guy who sits about 3/4 buildings away in a tiny workshop creating puppets. His family has been doing it for four generations. He's a cheerful dude who's more than happy to talk to you about the history of puppet making and what is involved in the whole process. The captivating talk he gave to my group lasted for more than 40 mins- completely free of charge. A great experience, would definitely go back.
Alok Singh | Aug 7, 2018
Easily one of the most striking exhibits in the area. However, there is very little in terms of information displayed. I did run into Mr. Johnson who told me about the history of the building and about the process of puppet making that checked out when I looked them up later. Well worth the small tip I had to give. Look out for an intense looking balding gentleman.
Anisa Winda | Jul 19, 2018
Information for foreign tourist The Wayang Museum (Indonesian: Museum Wayang) is a museum dedicated to Javan wayang puppetry. The museum is located in Kota Tua, Jakarta, Indonesia. It is one of several museums and galleries facing the Fatahillah Square, which include Jakarta History Museum, Fine Art and Ceramic Museum, and Kota Post Office art gallery.
Amira Nadia | Jul 27, 2018
A great museum, located in Kota Tua, next to Museum Sejarah Jakarta. Located strategically and it is very reachable, only 5-minutes walk from Stasiun Jakarta Kota. The building architecture is old yet artistic. The ticket is super cheap, only IDR 5k, yet it offers various kinds of wayang, puppets and dolls, not just from Indonesia, but other countries as well. Their staffs were friendly and responsive. All of the collections are well-maintained. A good place to visit on weekend!
setia wanty | Aug 2, 2018
Atractive place..nice to take photoshoot. Very well maintaned ..good for tourist
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