Even though the Museum Wayang is recommended by all tourist guides in Jakarta, I found it rather uninteresting and repetitive. With almost no explanations in English and very poor maintenance, I only spent a half-hour inside.

The museum displays various types of puppets, among which wayang kulit (shadow puppet made of leather), wayang golek (similar to dolls) and wayang klitik (shadow puppet made of wood).

There is also an international section with a collection of puppets from all over the world. One of them was a gift from French President François Mitterand during his visit to Indonesia.
The museum is located on the grounds of the former colonial Dutch church which was destroyed by an earthquake in 1808. Jan Pieterszoon Coen, the Governor General of the East Indies from 1617 to 1629 and the founder of Batavia, is actually buried in the courtyard of the museum.
Wayang Museum
Taman Fatahillah, Kota Tua, 
Jalan Pintu Besar Utara No.27,
West Jakarta

Phone number: +62 (0) 21 692 9560

Opening Hours:
From Tuesday to Sunday from 9am to 3pm. Closed on Monday.
Free wayang performance / show every Sunday at 10am.

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