Museum Wayang: The Puppet Palace of Jakarta

Museum Wayang (Puppet Museum) located on Jl. Pintu Besar Utara No 27, Jakarta Barat/West Jakarta (very near to the Jakarta Historical Museum), was built in 1912. The Building previously was a church that built in 1640 named d Oude Hollandsche Kerk (The Old Dutch Church). In 1732, the church was renovated and the name changed into de Nieuwe Hollandsche Kerk (The New Dutch Church). Unfortunately, the church was collapse due to the earthquake. Furthermore, at the site of a former church, a companye Geo Wehry & Co built a building that serves as the company’s warehouse. The face of the museum was built in 1912 in the style of Neo Reinaissance, and in 1938 the entire building was restored and adapted to the style of the house at the time of the VOC. Bataviasche Genootshap  van Kunsten en Watenschappen bought this building. This Building then given to Stichting Oud Batavia (Old Batavia Foundation) and on 22 December 1939 turned into museum call Oude Bataviasche Museum (Old Batavia Museum) which the opening made by the last Governor-General of the Dutch East Indies Jonkheer Meester Aldius Warmoldu Tjarda Lambertus van Starkenborg Stachouwer (December 22, 1939)

In the church yard of the church has now become an open park space of the Puppet Museum there is a small garden with 9 inscriptions which feature the names of the Dutch Official that buried in the church yard. Among the inscriptions written the name of Jan Pieterszoon Coen, a VOC Governor-General who successfully conquered the Jayakarta City (Batavia/Jakarta) on May 30, 1619

The Puppet Museum displaying various types and forms of puppets from all over Indonesia, both made of wood and leather and other materials. Puppets from other countires were also displayed here, for example, from the People’s Republic of China and Cambodia. Until now the Puppet Museum collects more than 4,000 pieces of puppets, consisting of shadow puppets, wood made puppet puppet cardboard, grass puppet, leaf puppets, masks, dolls, Beber puppets, and gamelan (traditional musical instrument). Generally dolls in the museum’s collection are dolls that come from Europe, although there are also those who came from non-European countries such as Thailand, Suriname, China, Vietnam, India and Colombia. The layout of the puppets on display is very good with adequate lighting, unfortunately not at all room with the air conditioned. In the museum there is also a souvenir shop are laid out pretty good if you want to buy some gift for your friend or relatives.

The entrance fee to the Museum are Rp. 2000 (adults), Rp.1000 (students), and Rp. 600 (child). If you are interested to take picture for pre wedding / promotional / advertising then you will be charged for RP. 350,000. To use space or room at the museum you will be charged Rp. 250,000. The museum is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 9 – 15. The Museum close at Monday and National holiday

How to get here (see the route map)

From CikiniGondangdiaJuanda go to platform 1 and take the Red Line or Blue Line to Jakarta Kota Station. From here go to the North Exit then take a 5 minute walk to the North

From Tanah Abang go to platform 3/5 and take theYellow Line heading to Manggarai and from Manggarai go to platform 3/5 and take the Red Line or Blue Line to Jakarta Kota Station. From here go to the North Exit then take a 5 minute walk to the North

From Sudirman go to platform 2 and take theYellow Line heading to Manggarai and from Manggarai go to platform 3/5 and take the Red Line or Blue Line to Jakarta Kota Station. From here go to the North Exit then take a 5 minute walk to the North

see the link map or the map below

museum wayang map

Reference

http://www.museumwayang.com/Sejarah%20Museum%20Wayang.html

http://id.wikipedia.org/wiki/Museum_Wayang

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