Do you have a huge passion for the past? or do you want to go dig deeper into the historical cultures? Head for the museums, which will quench your thirst for knowledge. To know which journey you want to go on, check out our list of the best Surabaya museums.

House of Sampoerna

Located in the”Old Surabaya” area, House of Sampoerna (HoS) is a Dutch colonial-style heritage building complex built in 1862. This complex was initially an orphanage for boys managed by the Dutch. In 1932, it was purchased by Liem Seeng Tee then became the first Sampoerna’s production facility.

House of Sampoerna complex consists of a large central auditorium, two smaller buildings in the East and West wings. These outbuildings were used for tobacco and cloves processing inclusive of blending, rolling, packing, printing up to become finished goods. The central auditorium currently serves as a Museum, while The East wing has been transformed into a unique building for The Café and Gift Shop and The West wing is currently an exhibition hall of Galeri Paviliun and The Residence.

Taman Sampoerna No.6, Krembangan Utara, Pabean Cantian, Kota SBY, Jawa Timur 60163

Museum W.R. Soepratman

The history of the creator of the song Indonesia Raya are immortalized in a W. R. Soepratman Museum. The location of this museum is not far from where his tomb is located in the middle of a residential area. Precisely on Mango Street No. 21, Tambaksari, Surabaya. Looking back, this building used to be the hiding place of W. R. Soepratman after composing the anthem Indonesia Raya. The creator of the song Indonesia Raya occupied that place until the end of his life. In this museum, you can see a statue of W. R. Soepratman who seems to be playing the violin. Then various photos of W. R. Soepartman can also be found in this museum.

Jl. Mangga Nomor 21, Tambaksari, Surabaya

Museum Sepuluh November

The event of November 10 was very historic. Because of its history, the government has set November 10 as National Heroes’ Day.

Museum Sepuluh November is located within the Heroes Monument Complex. This museum was built with a distinctive and unique shape. The height, segment, and every line of the building contain meanings, 10, 11, and 1945. This is reminiscent of the events of the battle in Surabaya which peaked on November 10, 1945.

This museum consists of two floors. On the first floor, you can find statues that symbolize the struggle of the Suroboyo youngsters. While on the second floor you will see various weapons used by Indonesian fighters as well as documentary photos and the legacy of Bung Tomo who is an important figure behind the events of 10 November.

Jl. Pahlawan, Alun-alun Contong, Bubutan, Surabaya

Museum Surabaya (Siola)

This museum is strategically located because it is in the heart of the city of Surabaya. The Siola building, which was established in 1877, also functions as a museum with a collection of historical objects in Surabaya. Located on the 1st floor of the Siola Building, Museum Surabaya exhibits around 1,000 historical objects related to the journey of the city of Surabaya from time to time.

You can see various historical events in this museum. For example, photos of the Mayor of Surabaya from the colonial era until now, traditional transportation, firefighters’ uniform since the Dutch era, and so on.

Jl. Tunjungan Nomor 1, Genteng, Surabaya