Sonobudoyo Museum: Opening hours, ticket prices and a short history

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Which of you likes to travel and explore local culture? So, this time we will invite you to get to know more about the Sonobudoyo Museum in Yogyakarta. If we usually know famous museums such as the Fort Vredeburg Museum or the Yogyakarta Palace Museum, then the Sonobudoyo Museum is also worthy of being on your visit list!

The Sonobudoyo Museum has its own uniqueness, namely its focus on Javanese culture. The management also tries to maintain the continuity of this tradition and culture in a unique way. They use social media to promote the museum and target more visitors, especially young people.

The museum’s slogan is “Ana, Anjaga, Ambudhaya,” which means the Sonobudoyo Museum exists to protect and care for culture. Since its establishment in 1934 and inaugurated by Sri Sultan Hamengkubuwono VIII, this museum is determined to collect, preserve and foster cultural heritage which is then presented to the public.

History of the Sonobudoyo Museum


Sonobudoyo Museum is one of the oldest museums in Yogyakarta which has a long and valuable history. Founded as a foundation engaged in Javanese, Madurese, Balinese and Lombok culture, this museum received a gift of former “Shouten” land from Sri Sultan Hamengkubuwono VIII. The inauguration was carried out by Sri Sultan Hamengkubuwono VIII on November 6, 1935.

Initially, this museum functioned as a foundation called the Java Instituut, which was founded in Surakarta in 1919. The main task of the foundation was to assist in the preservation and development of local culture. In 1934, the museum started the construction of a small pendapa with the sengkala moon Buta Ngrasa Esthining Lata which means 1865 Java or 1934 AD. The museum building was planned by Ir. Th. Karsten and supervisor and advisor Ir. L. J. Moens on a land area of 7,867 m2.

Visit the Sonobudoyo Museum

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When you visit the Sonobudoyo Museum, you will feel a traditional Javanese atmosphere. The museum building is in the form of a traditional joglo house with the architecture of the Cirebon gilding palace mosque. This museum also has a pavilion with a collection of historical gamelan such as the Slendro-Pelog Gamelan arrangement named Kyai-Nyai Riris Manis Yasan, a gift from Sri Sultan Hamengkubuwono VI. Outside the pavilion, you can see two cannons as well as statues and reliefs left by Hindu-Buddhist people depicting Makara, Mahakala and Goddess Lakshmi.

The museum collection is very wide and varied, reaching 43,263 pieces. All of these collections are related to Javanese traditions and culture as well as other cultures in Indonesia. These collections are divided into several categories which include numismatics and heraldics, philology, chemology, art, technology, geology, biology, ethnography, and history.

Showroom Exploration

The exhibition space at the Sonobudoyo Museum offers a unique experience for visitors. In the Introduction Room, you will find a pasren or krobongan, a place for solitude and prayer in traditional Javanese customs. In the past, the palace princesses used the pasren to meditate. This room is equipped with a bed, pillows, mosquito nets, a robyong lamp, and a pair of Loro Blonyo statues which symbolize harmony.

The Prehistoric Room will show human life at a time when they did not know writing, hunting and farming in a simple way. At that time, humans also performed ceremonies related to spirits, ancestors, and burials. In this room, visitors can even see human skeletons buried in glass coffins.

The Batik Room displays various collections of batik, the process of batik, to traditional Javanese clothing for weddings. Various beautiful batik patterns and motifs will amaze your eyes.

Meanwhile, in the Wayang and Mask Room, there are various types of wayang from various regions in Indonesia. Wayang is a typical Indonesian performing art that has been recognized as an Intangible Cultural Heritage by UNESCO. Apart from that, you can also see a collection of nicely arranged wooden masks.


Collection of Keris and Traditional Weapons

The Sonobudoyo Museum also has a complete collection of kerises there are around 1,200 of them and come from various regions such as Java, Aceh, Bali, Sulawesi, to Kalimantan. The collection of weapons is also diverse, such as spears, patrem, axes, wedhung, and celurit. All of these collections are silent witnesses of old civilizations that have been passed down from generation to generation.

Of course, not only keris and weapons, the Sonobudoyo Museum also has other interesting collections. Starting from batik, classical era statues, ceramics, pottery, to artifacts from ancient times that hold high historical value.

Free Cinema at the Museum

Another uniqueness of the Sonobudoyo Museum is that it has a free cinema. Every day, this museum displays films by Yogyakartans divided into several viewing hours. Visitors can enjoy a different viewing experience at this museum, and best of all, all for free!

Sonobudoyo Museum: A Place of Study and Travel


The Sonobudoyo Museum is not only an interesting place for sightseeing, but also a valuable place for learning. Through the collections on display, visitors can better understand the history and culture of Indonesia. Historical activities, traditional arts, and natural wealth can be found in every corner of this museum.

So, if you are visiting Yogyakarta, don’t miss visiting the Sonobudoyo Museum. Apart from exploring stunning collections, you can also enjoy the traditional atmosphere and feel the richness of Indonesian culture that is so deep. This museum is the right destination to increase knowledge and appreciation of local culture.

Opening Hours and Ticket Prices


For those of you who want to visit the Sonobudoyo Museum, here is information on opening hours and ticket prices:

Museum Opening Hours:

– Tuesday – Thursday: 08.00 – 15.30

– Friday: 08.00 – 14.00

– Saturday – Sunday: 08.00 – 15.30

– Monday & National Holidays: Closed

Price of admission:

– Individual Adult: Rp. 3.000,-

– Adult Group: Rp. 2.500,-

– Individual Children: Rp. 2.500,-

– Group Children: Rp. 2.000,-

– Foreign tourists: Rp. 5.000,-

– Tickets can be used again to visit the Sonobudoyo Museum Unit II (no need to buy another ticket for Museum Unit II)

How to get to the Sonobudoyo Museum

To reach the Sonobudoyo Museum, you can follow the following directions:

– From the Big Post office intersection, head south to the North Square junction

– From the North Alun-alun T-junction, turn right (west) for about 100 meters

– Sonobudoyo Museum is located on the right side of the road (north road) from the junction

Contact the Sonobudoyo Museum


If you have questions or want to find out more about the Sonobudoyo Museum, you can contact:

– Address: Jl. Trikora No. 6 Yogyakarta

– Telephone: (0274) 385664

– Website:

So, don’t hesitate to visit the Sonobudoyo Museum and enjoy various unique collections as well as valuable experiences in recognizing Javanese and Indonesian culture. If you want to go to the Sonobudoyo museum, you can also use the tour packages offered by! One of the packages that you can try is as follows:

Sultan Palace, Tamansari Water Castle, Prambanan Temple, Ramayana Ballet (include Dinner at Rama Shinta Resto)

This tour package offers travelers a chance to explore the cultural heritage of Yogyakarta by visiting the Sultan Palace, Tamansari Water Castle, and the magnificent Hindu temple of Prambanan, and experience the cultural significance of the Ramayana Ballet, a traditional Javanese dance performance.

Price Min. Person
US$ 136 1
US$ 101 2
US$ 90 3
US$ 84 4
US$ 80 5

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