Located in the old town of Surabaya, this stately Dutch colonial-style compound was built in 1858 and is now a protected historic site.
Previously used as an orphanage run by the Netherlands, it was purchased in 1932 by Liem Seeng Tee, the founder of Sampoerna, with the intention of using it as Sampoerna’s first major cigarette manufacturing facility.
The complex consisted of a large central auditorium, two smaller buildings in the east and west wings, and several large barns of one floor behind the central auditorium.
Buildings that remain in both auditorium wings are then converted into a family home, while large barns look like warehouses used for the processing of tobacco and cloves, storing, holding, packaging, printing finished goods.
Today, the compound continues to serve as a manufacturing plant for Indonesia’s most popular cigarette, Dji Sam Soe. In commemoration of the 90th celebration of Sampoerna in 2003, the central complex has been carefully renovated and is now available to the public.
The original main auditorium is now a museum, and the eastern side has been converted into a modern building with a café, a retail kiosk, and an art gallery. The building on the western side remained the official residence of the family.
The House of Sampoerna (HoS) Museum gives visitors a truly special experience. From the tale of the founding father to observe carefully the real hand roll assembly plant and end up with an extraordinary experience rolling a Dji Sam Soe cigarette stick.
The HoS Museum Shop sells a range of souvenirs, such as miniature stick tools, traditional cigarettes, boxes, cloves, books, and jackets.