Indonesian Heritage Society
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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. Click here for more information on the current lecture series.
Small groups get together weekly, fortnightly and monthly to discover Jakarta and the surrounding region through exciting tours and adventures.
Groups meet regularly in order to delve deeper into the rich history, art, literature and culture of this fascinating country.
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.
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.
Tours in English
Tours in French
Tours in Japanese
Tours in Korean
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 or email [email protected].
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 [email protected] 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 [email protected] for more details.
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 ProgramsPresentations 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 a multitude of different books - national museum guides and the NEWLY Reprinted and Updated Jakarta Explorer full of ideas on places to visit in this vibrant city.
Last updated July 11, 2016
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