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Indonesian Heritage Society

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Sentral Senayan 1, 17th Floor
Jl. Asia-Afrika (adjacent to Plaza Senayan)
Library Tel. (+62) 21 572 5870
Fax (+62) 21 572 5871
Email info@heritagejkt.org
Website www.heritagejkt.org

Library Hours:
Monday 9:30 am-3:30 pm
Tuesday 9:30 am-3:30 pm
Wednesday 9:30 am-12:30 pm
Thursday 12:30 pm-3:30 pm
Friday 9:30 am-12:30 pm
Last Saturday of every month 9:00 am–2:00 pm

About the Indonesian Heritage Society

The Indonesian Heritage Society, Jakarta is a non-profit organization offering the opportunity to learn more about the rich cultural heritage of Indonesia. The varied activities of the society, including tours, lectures and study groups, provide a stepping stone to discovering the culture, life, history and art of this vast archipelago. The society has a large multinational following that includes many Indonesians and, while most activities are conducted in English, the Chinese, French, Japanese and Korean sections provide the opportunity to participate in projects and lectures conducted in their own languages.

Evening Lecture Series

The Indonesian Heritage Society offers English-language Evening Lecture Series twice a year. The lectures explore the diversity of Indonesia’s contemporary and traditional cultures, focusing on Indonesia’s arts, ethnography, religion, culture, history and natural history. The lectures provide a forum for the speakers to share their expertise with the audience. The lectures are open to the public and provide an ideal opportunity for those who work during the day and for partners and friends to join in Heritage Society’s activities.

Lectures will take place at Erasmus Huis, Jl Rasuna Said, Kav. S-3, adjacent to the Dutch Embassy. The lectures start promptly at 7:30 pm, include a question and answer session, and end approximately at 8:30 pm. The lectures are open to the general public. An entrance donation of Rp.50,000 is requested to cover part of the expense of the series.


Small groups get together weekly, fortnightly and monthly to discover Jakarta and the surrounding region through exciting tours and adventures.

Study Groups

Groups meet regularly in order to delve deeper into the rich history, art, literature and culture of this fascinating country.

Heritage Tours

These small group tours with a cultural focus offer friends the opportunity to travel to some of the most fascinating parts of Indonesia. Each participant researches a chosen aspect of the place to be visited.

Museum Tours

Explore Indonesia without leaving Jakarta! Experience the Indonesian archipelago in the company of a tour guide; see the treasures of the islands, and learn about the diverse cultures. The Indonesian Heritage Society Tour guides give regular free highlight tours at the National Museum (Gedung Gajah) in English, French, Japanese, and Korean. Tours in a wide variety of other languages are available on request.

Once a year a three month - 2 days a week - training course for aspiring Volunteer Museum Guides is conducted. The course starts mid September and interviews for candidates are being held starting May.

Museum Hours
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: 8:30am-4:00 pm
Friday: 8:30-11:00am, 1:00-4:00 pm
Saturday and Sunday: 8:30am-5:00 pm
Monday: Closed

Tours in English
Every Tuesday at 10:30am, every Thursday at 10:30am and 1:30 pm, and the second and fourth Saturday of the month at 10:30am

Tours in French
Every third Wednesday of the month at 9:30am

Tours in Japanese
Every Tuesday at 10:30am, and first Saturday of the month at 10:30am

Tours in Korean
Every third Saturday of the month at 9:30am

Tours in other languages, or on other days and times, are available on request. Please contact the Indonesian Heritage Society Library (62-21) 572-5870.

Tours in other languages, or on additional days and times may also be arranged for embassies, companies, and schools and individuals. Please contact the Museum Tours co-chairs at museumtours@heritagejkt.org or the Indonesian Heritage Society Library (62-21) 572-5870.

If you are interested in becoming a Tour Guide, we organize a workshop to training guides in English once a year. Please contact museumtours@heritagejkt.org for more details.

Museum Projects

Museum Projects offers the chance for volunteers to learn about the heritage of Indonesia by actively supporting the cultural institutions of Indonesia. Our activities are always subject to the direction of the Museum Curators and staff, and fall into three broad categories: translation, inventory, and preparation of information material.

Translation mostly concerns translation to English of texts prepared by Museum staff in Bahasa Indonesia. Inventory work includes photographing, measuring and describing objects on display and/or in storage, and collating the results in book form. Information material includes boards for items on display, booklets, greeting cards, etc. In the last five years we have had projects in four Museums in Jakarta.

School Programs

Presentations are given at a number of schools in order to foster at a young age a deep appreciation of Indonesia's cultural and geographical diversity.

Shop and Publications

The Indonesian Heritage Society produces annual calendars, a wide range of decorative note cards, colorful recycled bags and shawls amongst other great gift ideas, which are available for sale at our library, museum offices and at community bazaars. Also available are several books - a national museum guide and the Jakarta Explorer full of ideas on places to visit in this vibrant city.

Last updated December 30, 2022