IO, Yogyakarta – Tembi Rumah Budaya is located in Parangtritis, at Km. 8.4 Rd. Tembi, Timbulharjo, Sewon, Bantul, Yogyakarta. The museum, which occupies a 3,500 square meter plot of land and is 1057 square meters in area, specializes in Javanese culture.
Tembi Rumah Budaya has other facilities closely related to art and culture. Tembi Rumah Budaya features many collections of historical objects such as keris (ceremonial knife), wooden beds, spears, shadow puppets, masks, etc. In addition, there are also art galleries, bale documentation, and libraries containing a total of approximately 5,000 manuscripts. The library also stores historical objects as well as works of art such as painting, crafts, and installation of bale documentation dominated by ancient photographs, old magazines, and other classical objects.
In addition, Tembi Rumah Budaya features varied collections in the form of traditional Javanese implements, including kitchen utensils such as stoves and cages, weapons in the form of kris and spears, farming equipment in the form of plows, gamelan and batik art equipment, as well as ancient photographs and posters. They even have a collection of ancient motorbikes.
This place also provides exhibition spaces, meeting rooms, lodging, restaurants, swimming pools, and pavilions, along with a set of gamelan instruments. When you first arrive here, you will be courteously assisted by one of the tour guides who is always ready to answer your questions. The tour guide at Tembi Village really knows the ins and outs of Javanese culture so you are guaranteed to be satisfied.
Every month there are regular activities in the form of national dance performances from Sabang to Merauke. And wayang shows (Javanese puppet) with local puppeteers from Bantul. There are also many other traditional activities, such as plowing fields with cows, making batik, playing gamelan, etc.
When the Independent Observer team visited Tembi Rumah Budaya, we were given the opportunity to learn how to make batik and play gamelan. It’s an unforgettable experience. Tembi Rumah Budaya is open to the public every Monday to Friday, from 9am to 4pm, Western Indonesian Time.