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Setia Darma House of Mask and Puppets

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Address: Jl. Tegal Bingin | Banjar Tengkulak Tengah, Sukawati, Indonesia
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08:00 - 16:00
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Amazing collection - worth the effort!

This museum is very comprehensive, having a collection of thousands of masks and puppets from all over the world but with a focus on Bali and other parts of Indonesia. There is... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
Sam S
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This museum is very comprehensive, having a collection of thousands of masks and puppets from all over the world but with a focus on Bali and other parts of Indonesia. There is not much by way of overall interpretation but labels for individual objects are quite informative and the very friendly staff will provide some basic context and answer questions.... More 

Thank Sam S
New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I was so pleasantly surprised to find this museum to be of the highest calibre. There are six buildings housing an impressive collection of masks and shadow puppets. The gardens are beautiful and there is a little cafe as well. Admission is by donation. Highly recommended.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 December 2016 via mobile

Set in a very quiet location the mask & puppet collections here are just wonderful. Housed in Javanese style jogolos this place has a great feeling & respect for cultural traditions. Not (yet) overrun by tourist buses & hawkers.

1 Thank Jon-Irene
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016 via mobile

Crazy crafty comedy masks, traditional Papuan masks, and an Obama puppet. Excellent collection of traditional Indonesian and international masks and puppets. Collection gives insight in local craftsmanship and culture. Friendly and helpful tour guide. No entrance fee, but request for small donation. Loved it!

1 Thank Stevie-Ray J
Bewdley, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2016 via mobile

Set in six 'houses' in glorious grounds. It is a must to see. A surprise and delight - not busy or hurried even in August. Not to be missed! A holiday highlight for anyone enjoying a cultural/ arts input.

3 Thank keeweekiddy
Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2016

I included this museum on a day trip around Ubud with a driver. He had never been to this one before and was very impressed too. There are 5 traditional Bali houses that have been relocated and restored here in these beautiful gardens. One most impressive residence from a royal family member. Each houses an historic display of masks and/or... More 

1 Thank Denise C
Zurich, Switzerland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2016 via mobile

A bit off the tourists mass we came by chance to this place and were totally seduced by this great collection made available to the public for free in great buildings. Absolutely recommended.

2 Thank Mosad004
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2016

The owner, mr Adi is an art enthusiast, especially woodeen craft. he was so fond of the works of architecture made from wood.all antique wooden house is designed in such a way to be a container to put his personal collection. which aims place of arts, education and preserving traditional culture and art laden with cultural mix of art elment... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2016 via mobile

Definitely an interesting spot and place you could go should it rain! The masks are very well kept and it's great to see them, the gardens they are in are equally nice to view. This museum is free and you can leave a donation, however I really didn't appreciate is a member of staff seeking me out to tell me... More 

Thank Kimberley G
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 July 2016

This beautiful compound of old buildings houses a world-class, highly informative collection. Good destination for children (you can keep them occupied by challenging them to pick the ugliest or scariest etc item in the room.). Came away with a much better understanding of the complexity of local dances, rituals and stories. Helpful staff. No admission charge, close to Ubud. Highly... More 

1 Thank Michele B

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