The Setia Darma House of Mask and Puppets is a unique and fascinating museum that aims to preserve this important part of Indonesia’s cultural heritage. The museum is home to a vast and eclectic collection of ceremonial masks and puppets from across the country, as well as other parts of Asia and the rest of the world.
The items here are all displayed within a courtyard of renovated Javanese wooden buildings known as joglo. The collection consists of more than 1200 masks and 4700 puppets. Highlights include wayang kulit, used for shadow puppetry, wayang golek (wooden puppets), masks used for topeng dances, and the striking Jero Luh mask.
The museum was established in this area due to it being famous for its woodcarvers, mask makers, and sculptors. Items have been collected, stored, and displayed for members of the public to view and appreciate since 2006. The museum buildings are set within vast grounds of tropical gardens filled with lotus ponds and banyan trees, and beyond this, undulating rice fields.
The Setia Darma House of Mask and Puppets is situated in a small village around a 15-minute drive from Ubud. The easiest way to reach it is by taking a taxi. The museum staff will arrange transportation back upon request.