If you come to Surabaya, one place you must visit is House of Sampoerna Museum. This place located not far away from the Red Bridge area or known as the old town. The museum was built in 1858 and now, it is continues to be preserved as historic site. Long before it was become a museum, this building was an orphanage run by the Dutch government. But then in 1932, it was bought by Seeng Tee, founder of Sampoerna, as a production place. Up until now, this building act as a cigarette manufacturer and also home to Sampoerna’s family.
To visit this museum, you will not be charged of anything, you just need to come and stroll around. They also have flexible visiting hour. This building has two floors; The first floor serves as a showroom and a second floor serves as a souvenir sales. The first floor divided into three rooms which represent element of the family and also the business. In the front, you will see an oldies of cigarette stall, few sacks of tobacco with a distinctive scent of tobacco. There is also a replica of a storage area of tobacco or tobacco processing devices simple. On the right side of the room, you can see the history of the Sampoerna’s family. There are articles clipping, kebaya collection, and also various photos from time to time.
You will see more of family heirloom in the second room. Then in the third room, you will see a various devices needed to make cigarette. However, apart from the tobacco related stuff, you can also see a marching band equipment on display at this museum. It was said that this family has strong interest in marching band and they sponsored local marching band.
The second floor of the building is more into business. For those looking for souvenirs, you can find it here. You can also see factory workers rolling cigarettes. Most of the workers are female and i kid you not, they are really fast. Within an hour they can be rolled about 325 pieces of cigarettes. However, you cant take a pic in this room. If you get hungry, just drop by at the nearest cafe which located exactly near the museum.