Sonobudoyo Museum, Jogja, Indonesia

This museum can be an alternative for Keris enthusiasts, as this museum displays Keris from all over Indonesia and any related items. There are approximately 1200 keris in this museum that were mostly contributed by Java Institute, while Kraton Jogja does not allowed its ancient keris to be displayed for public.

Sonobudoyo museum is easily accessed as located nearby Sultan palace, across the North Alun-alun. The museum utilized land that formerly was Shouten, land given by Sultan Hamengkubuwono VIII in 1865 Saka or 1934 . The building is Joglo and inspired by Cirebon Mosque. The idea came from an institution that care about Javanese, Madurese, Balinese and Lombok cultures, called Java Institute. in November 6th 1935, the institution was led by Prof Dr Huseun Djajaningrat, established Sonobudoyo Museum and approved by Ng. D.S.D.I.S. Kanjeng Sultan Hamengku Buwono VIII.

Nowadays, museum has more than 40.000 collections  and classified into 10 category : geology, biology, ethnography, archaeology, history, numismatics,  philological, ceramology, arts and technology.
Collections are displayed in and outdoor. Collections that are weather-resistant displayed outdoor, such as statuary from Hindu and Buddha period from central or east of Java. Other items that are vulnerable from weather, dust, light, insect are displayed indoor, such as wooden artworks, masks, batik, other items made of gold, silver,keris, and many more.
Museum also equipped with library, auditorium, preparation room. The library has thousands of books, especially ones published before world war 2, and Janavese and Arabic manuscript.

Keris enthusiast may find this museum interesting for it has rich collection of Keris and its related item. Wesi Budha, is the main material of Keris, used in 700 , in period of Hindu Mataram. There are keris with 7 luks (curve), 11 luks and 13 luks and no luks type.

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