Setia Darma House of Mask and Puppets

Setia Darma House of Mask and Puppets

Setia Darma House of Mask and Puppets
5
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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  • Travelbug1155
    San Francisco, California535 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Outstanding collection on levels grounds
    I have always been a big fan of masks. They reveal so much about various cultures and religions. This collection is truly outstanding in quality of items and presentation. The Balignese masks are first rate as is all the other samples of masks from many countries, including Japanese Indonesian, African Papua, Sri Lanka, Italy, just to name a few. The puppets are just fantastic as well as are they articulated shadow puppets. If you have any interest in this type of art, you probably won’t find a better collection anywhere
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 14 April 2023
  • Juniper64
    Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia1,976 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Absolutely essential for culture buffs
    Seven pavillions set in lush grounds, each an absolute goldmine of insights into cultures from around the world, captured in masks and puppets. To prevent this becoming just an endless stream of "funny faces", it's helpful to do some background research before and after your visit. For example, watch YouTube videos of wayang golek, wayang kulit's less famous cousin. Enter "Craftsmanhip, The Making of Wayang Golek", as a good starter, into the YT search bar. The wayang golek collection here is superb, with regional variations in Indonesia all showcased. It's incredible to think that the whole collection in the museum was basically acquired by one man, who now showcases them free of charge. This gives useful context into the whys and whats of the puppets. One small quibble: the descriptions in some parts are hard to read: I got around this by just snapping a photo on my phone, to look up after I got home. There are so many treasures here that even Asians will be astounded by how many unknown cultures are at our doorstep. The fact that entry to this magnificent museum is free is utterly amazing; the other art museums around Ubud can be pricey, with AMRA coming in at 150K IDR. A friendly guide who's been there for 20 years will be happy to show you around.There are two sets of toilets onsite; not stellar, but you can "go", don't worry. A small cafe too if I'm not mistaken, but Ubud's plentiful dining options are close by anyway. Utterly unmissable, if you have any interest in world culture.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 17 April 2023
  • Marina V
    Vancouver, Canada14 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    One of the best places to visit close to Ubud. Highly recommended.
    my husband and I are visited this place today and we would like to say thank you for giving access to the public to see and learn about masks and puppets. It was our best day in Ubud. And unbelievably FREE. We had wonderful time, beautiful clean gardens, very interesting Exhibition very well organized. A lot of see and learn. Thanks a lot.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 11 November 2023
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Thierry1559
Peregian Beach, Australia62 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
The grounds are beautiful and the mask and puppet collection amazing yet people do not seem to know about it.
Written 28 November 2023
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Marina V
Vancouver, Canada14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
my husband and I are visited this place today and we would like to say thank you for giving access to the public to see and learn about masks and puppets. It was our best day in Ubud. And unbelievably FREE.
We had wonderful time, beautiful clean gardens, very interesting Exhibition very well organized. A lot of see and learn.
Thanks a lot.
Written 11 November 2023
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Rosie2409
Old Newton, UK136 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
This is a truly amazing experience. The location, the old buildings, the peaceful gardens, the amazing variety of exhibits. Please put this on your itinerary. It’s a real one off. A labour of love collection. Highly recommended.
Written 3 November 2023
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Maylis L
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Friends
Amazing collection and place ! A very quiet place, a beautiful garden, Javanese houses deserve the visit. The collection of masks ans puppets is highly qualitative. So beautiful, so interesting !
Written 18 August 2023
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Elliot M
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
Amazing! Huge collection with so much variety from across Java and the world. The buildings they are housed in are just as interesting with some well over a century old. Beautiful gardens to walk around also.
Written 12 July 2023
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TDK
Australia3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Solo
An amazing diverse collection. A guided tour helps you understand the work and materials used to bring character to life in storytelling from many continents and times.
Written 28 June 2023
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whereintheworldisjb
Washington DC, DC70 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Family
Beautifully landscaped and laid out, the museum is a relaxing and peaceful respite from the crowds in Ubud. Went first thing in the morning and had the place to ourselves to explore Indonesian architecture and culture. So interesting and colorful.
Written 23 June 2023
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Valeriya & family
Perth, Australia36 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Family
Beautiful museum with an extensive collection of masks and puppets situated in a nice quite garden. When we arrived, a lovely lady approached us and explained everything about the exhibits.
Written 18 April 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Juniper64
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia1,976 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Solo
Seven pavillions set in lush grounds, each an absolute goldmine of insights into cultures from around the world, captured in masks and puppets.

To prevent this becoming just an endless stream of "funny faces", it's helpful to do some background research before and after your visit. For example, watch YouTube videos of wayang golek, wayang kulit's less famous cousin. Enter "Craftsmanhip, The Making of Wayang Golek", as a good starter, into the YT search bar.

The wayang golek collection here is superb, with regional variations in Indonesia all showcased. It's incredible to think that the whole collection in the museum was basically acquired by one man, who now showcases them free of charge.

This gives useful context into the whys and whats of the puppets. One small quibble: the descriptions in some parts are hard to read: I got around this by just snapping a photo on my phone, to look up after I got home.

There are so many treasures here that even Asians will be astounded by how many unknown cultures are at our doorstep.

The fact that entry to this magnificent museum is free is utterly amazing; the other art museums around Ubud can be pricey, with AMRA coming in at 150K IDR.

A friendly guide who's been there for 20 years will be happy to show you around.There are two sets of toilets onsite; not stellar, but you can "go", don't worry. A small cafe too if I'm not mistaken, but Ubud's plentiful dining options are close by anyway.

Utterly unmissable, if you have any interest in world culture.
Written 18 April 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Travelbug1155
San Francisco, CA535 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
I have always been a big fan of masks. They reveal so much about various cultures and religions. This collection is truly outstanding in quality of items and presentation. The Balignese masks are first rate as is all the other samples of masks from many countries, including Japanese Indonesian, African Papua, Sri Lanka, Italy, just to name a few. The puppets are just fantastic as well as are they articulated shadow puppets.
If you have any interest in this type of art, you probably won’t find a better collection anywhere
Written 14 April 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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