The Indonesian Heritage Society has had a strong bond and collaboration with Museum Nasional Indonesia (MNI) among other museums in Jakarta. A number of activities organised under the section include free regular and special tours at the MNI in English and other languages spoken by our volunteer guides, English training to museum staff, school programs and several other museum projects such as translation of museum displays.


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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 Nasional Museum (Gedung Gajah) in English, French, Japanese, and Korean. Tours in a wide variety of other languages are available on request. Click here to see more details.

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Museum Projects

The Museum Project activities are aligned with the IHS as a non-profit organisation supporting Museum Nasional Indonesia. It started when volunteers undertook translations and inventory in MNI Ceramics, Stone, and Bronze collections, in the early 1970s. It later extended its support to Museum Fatahillah, Museum Seni Group, Galeri Nasional, Museum MACAN and other Jakarta-based cultural institutions.

Key activities and Projects:

  • Essential Museum Support: Inventory, Collection management, and Translations 
  • Exhibition Support: Display and Co-curated exhibitions
  • Museum Staff Support: English Training and other training 
  • Heritage Projects: Guide Publications and Digital Heritage 
  • Museum Collection Bibliography E-library
  • Special Agreements with Museums

The current Museum-based project is focused on supporting Museum Kebaharian Jakarta, while a special agreement exists with Museum Macan giving discounts and special events access to IHS members. 

Interested in knowing more and/or joining us? Please contact for further information. 

Museum Nasional

The Museum Nasional is one of the main museums in Jakarta. It is an institution of cultural heritage studies and cultural center of educational information and recreation, with an obligation to save and preserve objects of cultural heritage of Indonesia. Visit the Museum Nasional’s website for more details of their collections.

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School Programs

We collaborate with international schools based in Jakarta to provide lectures and materials such as guided discussions and slide presentations. The aim of the school programs is to create an awareness and appreciation of Indonesia’s cultural and geographical diversity for the students.

Language Lessons

The volunteers of this IHS sub-section provide English language training to staff within museums. This not only helps increase their confidence but also develops their English skills when using English to communicate. It also gives staff an opportunity to help English-speaking visitors have a better understanding of Indonesia’s cultural and geographical diversity.

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