Setia Darma House of Masks and Pupptets is a museum which collects various types of masks and puppets, not only from the Indonesian archipelago, but also from many countries around Asia, Africa, Latin America and Europe. The museum is located in Tegal Bingin Village, Sukawati, Ubud, Gianyar Regency. This museum is situated on a 1.4 hectare land surrounded by rice fields and well maintained tropical gardens. Setia Darma Museum is said to be the world’s largest museum which collects masks and puppets. This museum collects more than 1.000 masks and 4.000 puppets from all over the world. Agustinus Prayitno, an artist-curator established this house of masks and puppets in Sukawati as Sukawati is a known and famous with its arts.
The Museum consists of five traditional Balinese pavilions. Each house displays collections in different categories. The first house contains traditional puppets and contemporary puppets, such as Prayitno’s own self portraiture and Barak Obama. Other specimens in this house include Hindu epics of Mahabrata and Ramayana, Sicilian puppets, Pinocchio puppets as well as the Japanese Bunraku puppets. The second house features the leather shadow puppet or also known as “Wayang Kulit”, one of the Indonesian heritages. In the third house, there are various types of traditional and some sacred masks. The fourth house features contemporary masks and puppets that are collected from the local craftsmen. The last house contains Balinese ancient, sacred and contemporary puppets and masks. Full body costumed Barong and Rangda (characters from the Calonarang legend) is also displayed in this room.
All masks and puppets in this museum is accompanied by detailed descriptions, visitors can understand well the function of each item. The admission fee to this museum is free, but there is a donation box for visitors who would like to donate for the museum. The Setia Darma Museum is opened daily from 08:00am until 16:00pm. It is a great museum which preserves Indonesia’s heritage, it is an ideal and interesting place to visit for visitors from all ages, especially for culture and art lovers, visiting Setia Darma House of Masks and Puppets would give great experience and inspirations.