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Museum Wayang

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Museum Wayang is located in the Western part of the square Fatahillah. The Wayang Museum will tell visitors about the "wayang", Indonesian shadow theatre, in productions which used puppets "wayang".

Such theaters of shadows widespread on the Islands of Java and Bali. Puppets are made of Buffalo skin, then the figure is attached to bamboo rods. Figures moving behind the screen Dalang, actor-puppeteer. Most often Dalang is a storyteller, in addition, he sings and sometimes even creates the story.

The building of the Museum built on the site where once stood the Church. The temple was built in 1640 and was called the Old Dutch Church. In 1732, the Church building was updated, and the temple became known as the New Dutch Church. In 1808, an earthquake destroyed the Church. Later, in 1912, on the ruins of the Church erected a new building in neo-Renaissance style. First, the building was located warehouse of the company "Geo Wehry & Co". In 1938 the building was restored, giving traits of the Dutch colonial style. Later the building was bought by the scientific society of Batavia, which dealt with issues of culture and science in Indonesia. The scientific community has transferred this building to the Old Batavia Foundation, and in 1939 there was opened the Museum of Old Batavia. In 1957, after Indonesia gained independence, the building was transferred to the Institute of culture of Indonesia, and then to the Ministry of education and culture. After passing all the bureaucratic red tape, in 1968 the administration of the Metropolitan area of Jakarta, decided to establish in this building Museum Wayang. Grand opening of the Museum took place in 1975.

Due to the large collections of the Museum, visitors can learn more about the wayang puppets and the art such as "shadow theatre". In the Museum you can see wayang-kulit (shadow theatre), wayang golek (wooden puppet theatre). On display are exhibited dolls from other countries, such as Malaysia, Thailand, China, Vietnam, India, Cambodia and Suriname. After visiting the Museum, guests can learn about the gamelan - a traditional Indonesian orchestra.

Periodically, the Museum show the performances of the wayang puppets, as well as conduct master classes in their manufacture.