Museum Tours

The Museum Division was and is the core of the Indonesian Heritage Society activities. The Division itself has expanded to include School Programs, Language workshops, Museum Guide Training and Tours and Projects Section. The intensive Museum Training program, in collaboration with mentors and curators from the Museum Nasional Indonesia (MNI), runs for three months. It is the cornerstone of our Museum Tours. Our guides provide multi-language tours 5 times a week at the MNI and we also accept special requests from the public.

Important Announcement

Currently, the IHS is not conducting any Museum tours at the National Museum (MNI). Further updates will be shared once the National Museum (MNI) reopens.

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.

Please take a few minutes to review the Museum Nasional tour you've just experienced on Trip Advisor:

  • star rating  National Museum in Jakarta - Very interesting free 2 hour tour of the National Museum in Jakarta conducted by Dennis, starting at 1.30pm. It’s so much better than just walking around on your own... read more

    June 15, 2023

    star rating  Great introduction to a very diverse country - We really liked the English guided tour. The museum has a very good collection of diferent cultural objects that truly shows the diversity of Indonesia.
    If you arrive to Yakarta... read more

    June 22, 2023
  • star rating  Our guide Reshmi was very knowledgeable and very enthousiast. - Our guide Reshmi was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic.
    In these 2 hours she gave me a very good idea of Indonesian culture.
    Thank you Reshmi!

    August 16, 2023

    star rating  Free English Tour of National Museum - It was a 2 hours free tour of National Museum. I learnt a lot of things during the tour. Tour guide supplied lots of information about the things presented.

    June 17, 2023
  • star rating  Ask for the English tour - Simran was both an accurate and passionate guide: could keep even two small girls interested while spreading fascinating stories on the collections for adults. More than 2 hours of museum... read more

    June 21, 2023

    star rating  National Museum excellence - Killian was a terrific guide for the National Museum. He knew his material very well, shared relevant stories, and answered questions well.

    G Taylor J
    August 12, 2023
  • star rating  Good experience! - The guide (Reshmi) is really good at explaining all the things they have at the museum. I learnt a lot and had a good time as well. It wasn’t boring... read more

    July 5, 2023

    star rating  The English language tour was very worthwhile – it pointed out the highlights in the museum and explained their significance, and generally brought the exhibits to life. Much better than... read more

    August 19, 2023
  • star rating  Great experience - I joined the free tour thinking it would probably be boring. But I was wrong. Our guide was perfectly professional and had extensive knowledge about all the subjects related to... read more

    August 10, 2023

    star rating  All parts are interesting and they make me proud as an Indonesian to see how aesthetic our ancestors were.

    July 6, 2023
  • star rating  One of the must-visit places in Jakarta - Simran Nanwari is very knowledgeable about Indonesia's history, and I feel I made the right decision to come to the museum. Her explanation enriches my knowledge of Indonesia's past and... read more

    August 17, 2023

    star rating  A good tour - Thank you Reshmi for a travell around the history and culture of Indonesia. I have learned a lot. Thank you for you passion and energy on the whole subject.

    August 17, 2023

Tours in English

  • Every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday at 10:00 a.m.
  • Every Thursday at 1:30 p.m.

Tours in French (upon request)

  • Every third Wednesday of the month at 9:30 a.m.

Tours in Japanese

  • Every Tuesday at 10:30 a.m.
  • First Saturday of the month at 10:30 a.m.

For more information, please visit Japanese Section‘s page or kindly send an email to

Tours in Korean

  • Every third Saturday of the month at 9:30 a.m.

Tours in other languages, or on other days and times, are available on request.

Additional days and times or individual tours can also be arranged for embassies, companies, and schools. Please contact the Museum Tours co-chairs at or the Indonesian Heritage Society Library (+62) 21 572-5870.

Museum Hours
Tuesday8:30 am4:00 pm
Wednesday8:30 am4:00 pm
Thursday8:30 am4:00 pm
Friday8:30 am11:00 am
1:00 pm4:00 pm
Saturday8:30 am5:00 pm
Sunday8:30 am5:00 pm

Museum Guide Training

Tour Guide Testimonies

Museum Guide Trainee Graduation

Meet our recent graduates!

If you would like to register, please send an email to the Museum Training team at