The museum building occupies the site of a church which was built in 1640, under the name of the Old Dutch Church. In 1732, the church was renovated and the name was changed into the New Dutch Church. In 1808, an earthquake destroyed the church.
Wayang Museum exhibits various types and forms of puppetry from all over Indonesia, such as Java’s wayang kulit and Sundan’s wayang golek, which are made from various materials such as paper, wood, leather, and other materials. Most Indonesian puppets represent characters from the country’s culture and traditions.
Besides puppets from Indonesia, it also displays puppets originating from India, Cambodia, China, and Vietnam as well as countries in Europe.
Currently, the museum has collected more than 4,000 puppets, mostly wayang puppets such as wayang kulit, wayang golek, wayang kardus, wayang rumput, wayang janur, topeng, boneka, wayang beber and gamelan.
In addition, there are periodic puppet shows on the 2nd and 3rd Sunday of every month and there is A wayang theater and a workshop of wayang-making are periodically organized.
There is also a gift shop near the exit of the building where visitors can buy some souvenirs before they leave.
According to Wikipedia