The Sonobudoyo Museum is a Javanese history and culture museum and library in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. The museum contains the most complete collection of Javanese artifacts, after the National Museum in Jakarta. In addition to ceramics of the Neolithic era and bronze sculptures from the 8th century, the museum also includes collections of wayang (shadow puppets), various ancient weapons (such as keris), and Javanese masks.
The Sonobudoyo Museum consists of two units, with Unit I located at Jalan Trikora No. 6 Yogyakarta, and Unit II located at Ndalem Condrokiranan, Wijilan, to the east of main (northern) alun-alun in the city.
The museum also features nightly wayang and gamelan performances on weekdays, primarily for foreign and domestic tourists
The Java Instituut was a foundation established in 1919 in Surakarta for the study of the cultures of Java, Madura, Bali, and Lombok. In 1924, the Java Instituut held a congress in Surakarta to establish a museum with collections from the regions of Java, Madura, Bali, and Lombok.
On November 6, 1935, the Sonobudoyo Museum was inaugurated and opened to the public, with the word sono meaning “place” and budoyo meaning “culture” in Javanese.