About Us

The Indonesian Heritage Society (IHS) is a non-profit organization established in 1970, by Indonesian and expat volunteers just like you. The mission remains to assist Jakarta museums and to encourage greater knowledge of and appreciation for the history, art, and culture of this diverse country. 


From the initial group of 17 volunteers, the organization has grown to include more than 600 individuals from Indonesia and all over the world. Thousand of volunteers have participated over nearly a half-century and most have felt they gained far more from the experience than they contributed.


IHS still remains a volunteer organization; all events and operations are executed by our volunteers. 

IHS President profile pic

Anya Robertson

Indonesian Heritage Society President

Below is our organization structure:


Many Heritage Society Friends are involved in projects supporting the Museum Nasional. Heritage Society sections and services related to the museum include:

  1. Museum Tours in English, French, Japanese and Korean.
  2. Translation of Museum documents.
  3. School Programs are presentations in both English and Japanese are organized in the international schools.
  4. Project groups which include:
    • Prehistory
    • Ethnography (ethnic groups)
    • Stone Sculpture


  1. Evening Lectures: A series of lectures highlighting Indonesian culture and art is presented to the public twice a year.
  2. Explorers: Small groups get together weekly to discover Jakarta through tours and adventures.
  3. Rumahku: Morning talks are held monthly, in private homes, where attendees also socialize over tea, coffee, and snacks.
  4. Study Groups: Groups meet on selected topics to learn about the history, art and culture of this country.
  5. Heritage Tours: These small group tours with a cultural focus offer registered Friends the opportunity to travel to some of the most fascinating parts of Indonesia.
  6. Foreign Language Sections: All French, Italian, Chinese, Japanese and Korean-speaking members are welcome to join these groups which provide many different activities.


  1. Events: This section organizes the general meetings and social functions that take place throughout the Heritage Society season.
  2. Public Relations: The PR team dispatch and promote information about the Heritage Society for the public.
  3. Cultural Liaison: The purpose of this section is to act as a liaison between Indonesian Cultural Institutions, organizations, cultural communities and the Heritage Society.


  1. Library: Provides registered Friends with access to an outstanding collection of works on varied aspects of Indonesian life and culture.
  2. Registration: Coordinates registration for the Heritage Society and represents the organization to the community at large.
  3. Sales: The Sales team co-ordinates the sale of Heritage Society’s calendar, books and range of stationary items.
  4. Information Technology: Maintains and provides information on the Heritage Society website and weekly E-newsletter on the various activities of the society and upcoming events.
  5. Publishing: Indonesian Heritage Society publications include Newsletter – quarterly newsletter, annual calendars, notecards, books.

*All Photos have been contributed by our generous members.

Comments are closed.