Wayang is the ancient art of Javanese storytelling – a theatrical performance using puppets that are usually made from leather or wood. The Wayang Museum in Jakarta houses one of the widest collections of wayang puppets in Java. It’s located in the Old City part of Jakarta, opposite Fatahillah Square in a building that dates back to 1912.
The Wayang Museum displays wayang puppets from across Indonesia, along with collections from countries such as China, Malaysia, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, India, and France. It also features a number of wayang paintings and sculptures, and even hosts wayang performances at 10am on every second, third, and fourth Sunday of the month.
The easiest way to reach Wayang Museum is to take a taxi or use the TransJakarta Busway and alighting at Kota Tua. It makes sense to combine a visit to the Wayang Museum with the other attractions near Fatahillah Square, including the Jakarta History Museum and the Fine Art and Ceramic Museum.