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The Sonobudoyo Museum

The Sonobudoyo Museum Yogyakarta
The Sonobudoyo Museum Yogyakarta

The Sonobudoyo Museum With a collection of precious artifacts and relics which would impress any archeologist, the Sonobudoyo Museum is a treasure trove of ancient wonders. Home to objects including ceramics from the Neolithic age, statues and bronze articles from the 8th century, and wayangs (shadow puppets), the museum presents a cultural display that will open your mind to the wonders of Javanese culture.

The Sonobudoyo museum was opened in 1935 and is devoted to the study and appreciation of Javanese culture. The building itself reflects traditional Javanese architecture. As you enter the museum, in the front pavilion you will see two gamelan (traditional musical instruments) sets, one carved comes from the Cirebon palace, and another from the Yogya palace.

Among the permanent collection of the museum is an impressive collection of ancient bronze bells, also from, Java, Sunda, Bali and Madura as well as an exquisitely carved teak partition from Jepara, on the north coast of Java The museum also has an extensive library with ancient books about Javanese culture.

The museum is located at the Northeast corner of Yogya’s main square, close to the Keraton.

History of the Sonobudoyo Museum

The History Of Sonobudoyo
The History Of Sonobudoyo

Sonobudoyo first is a foundation that is engaged in the culture of Java, Madura, Bali and Lombok. The Foundation was established in Surakarta in 1919 was named the Java Instituut. In the 1924 decision of the Java Instituut Congress would establish a museum in Yogyakarta. In 1929 the collection of cultural data from Java, Madura, Bali and Lombok. Establishment of Museum Planning Committee was formed in 1931 by members include: Ir.Th. Karsten P.H.W. Sitsen, Koeperberg.
Using the former museum building land “Shouten” land gift from the Sultan VIII and marked with sengkalan candrasengkala “Blind ngrasa estining lata” Java ie 1865 or 1934 AD. While the inauguration done by Sri Sultan Hamengkubuwana VIII on Wednesday wage on January 9, 1866 Ruwah Java with sengkala moon marked “Wood Kinayang Ing Brahmin Buddha” meaning in Java or precisely dated 6 November 1935 solar year. During the Japanese occupation Sonobudoyo managed by Regent Paniradyapati Wiyata Praja (Social Office part of teaching). At the time of Independence was then managed by Regent Utorodyopati Culture Prawito the ranks of the government of Yogyakarta.

At the end of 1974 Sonobudoyo submitted to the Central Government / Ministry of Education and Culture and is directly responsible to the Directorate General of the entry into force of Law no. 22 of 2000 on the powers and authority of the Provincial Government as regional autonomy. Sonobudoyo began in January 2001 to join the Department of Culture and Tourism DIY proposed a Regulation No. UPTD. 7 / Th. 2002 date. August 3, 2002 on the establishment and organization UPTD the Government Office Regions within the Yogyakarta province, and Governor SK. 161 / Th. 2002 date. 4 November about TU – Poksi.

The Sonobudoyo Museum
The Sonobudoyo Museum

The State Museum Sonobudoyo saved 10 Type Collection:

Geology Type Collection
Biology Collection Type
Kind of ethnographic collection
Archaeology Collection Type
Numismatic Collections / Heraldic Type
Historical Collection Type
Philology Type Collection
Type Collection of Ceramic
Type Fine Arts Collection
Type Collection of Technology

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