Rows of Puppet Museums in Indonesia, Perfect for the Weekend


Apparently, Indonesia has a number of puppet museums. Not only in Jakarta. Here’s the list.

Wayang is one of the cultures in the country. Not only one type, but Indonesia has a variety of puppets.

The various puppets can be watched without waiting for a performance. Travelers can see it in a number of puppet museums in the country.

The following is a list of the puppet museums:

1. Puppet Museum in Jakarta

Puppet Museum in Kota Tua, Jakarta (Nfadils/d’Traveler)

The Wayang Museum in is located in the Old Town area. To be precise, at Pintu Besar Utara Street No. 27 Pinangsia, Kota Tua, West Jakarta.

The Wayang Museum, which occupies a Dutch heritage building, which was first built in 1640, has a collection of about 5,373 puppets.

2. Indonesian Puppet Museum in Wonogiri

The Indonesian Puppet Museum is located in the Wuryantoro District, Wonogiri Regency. This museum is about 15 kilometers from the city center of Wonogiri, precisely on the edge of Jalan Raya Wonogiri-Pracimantoro Km 13.

The Indonesian Puppet Museum was inaugurated by President Megawati Soekarnoputri on September 1, 2004. The museum is located in the Padepokan complex of Pak Bei Tani M Ng Prawirowihardjo, uncle of the first president Suharto.

Although not as big as the Wayang Museum in Jakarta, the collection in this museum is quite complete. There are shadow puppets, puppet shows, wayang beber, wayang suket, wayang kumpeni, wayang klitik, wayang copper, wayang potehi and many more.

In addition to exploring the history of Indonesian wayang, in this museum you can trace Suharto’s childhood. Reporting from the official website visit Java Tengah, it was in the Pak Bei Tani hermitage complex that Pak Harto was cared for by his uncle, M Ng Prawirowihardjo, from childhood to adolescence.

3. Puppet Museum in Magelang

The name of this museum is quite long, namely the Pondok Tingal Puppet Museum “Sasana Guna Rasa”. This museum is located in Pondok Tingal, Wanurejo Village, Borobudur District, Magelang Regency. This puppet museum is about 500 meters east of Borobudur Temple. The collection of puppets in this museum is also quite a lot.

Reporting from the official website of the Magelang Regency Government, the puppets in this museum come from a number of regions in Indonesia such as Java, Cirebon, Bali, and Lombok, including rare puppets from Kedu made in 1880. The museum also collects puppets from China, Cambodia, and Turkey.

In addition to wayang kulit, this museum also has a collection of puppets made of wood, bamboo, and stone. The museum also houses a number of masks, paintings, and a set of gamelan.

The Pondok Tingal Wayang Museum ‘Sasana Guna Rasa’ also collects 600 books on wayang from various languages, 80s cassette tapes of wayang recordings from 1971-1994, and 50 video cassettes recorded from wayang performances from 1980 to 1990.

3. Puppet Museum in Banyumas

The name is the Sendang Mas Puppet Museum. This museum is located in the former central government complex of Banyumas Regency, precisely on Jalan Budi Utomo No. 1, Sudagaran, Banyumas District. The location is about 15 kilometers east of the city of Purwokerto.

Quoted from the page visit Java TengahThe Sendang Mas Puppet Museum holds a collection of various kinds of puppets. Among them are Banyumasan gagrag puppets, Surakarta puppets, Yogyakarta puppets, coastal puppets, purwa puppets, beber puppets, mouse deer puppets and others.

At the Sendang Mas Puppet Museum there are also puppets made of leaves and wood. The leaf puppets are Rontal Purwo puppets and Daun Kluwih puppets (ancient children’s toy puppets).

Meanwhile, the wooden puppets in this museum include Klithik, Golek Purwo, and Thengul puppets. In addition to puppets, this museum also stores various collections of ancient objects.


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