A symbol of early 20th century Surabaya, the House of Sampoerna currently houses a fascinating museum about tobacco and a cigarette factory. Initially used as an orphanage by the Dutch, it was refurbished into a factory by Sampoerna to make its ubiquitous kretek, or clove, cigarettes. Now a museum, the Dutch colonial-style building is now also a preserved heritage site and the main complex is open to the public.
A beautiful 19th-century building with Dutch influence, the House of Sampoerna is a museum which will make you go back in time and experience the rich history and culture of Surabaya. You can also witness Indonesia’s world-famous handmade clove cigarette manufacturing process while the retro music of the 40’s and essence of clove and tobacco in the surrounding keeps you captivated and provides a sense of authenticity.