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Penang State Museum and Art Gallery

Farquhar Road | Lebuh Light, Penang Island 10200, Malaysia
+60 4-261 3144
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Penang State Museum and Art Gallery Officially open in 1962, the Museum houses a fine collection of old photographs, maps, charts and other historical relics. There are also Malay daggers (keris), Chinese furniture, embroidery and paintings of old Penang. At the Penang State Museum there are also interesting sections which recounts the bloody nine days of rioting between Chinese secret societies in 1867, attributed by bewildered British authorities to a rambutan-throwing incident. Georgetown suffered a near civil war before the administrators took a firm hand. The societies were heavily fined and the proceeds used to build police stations which subsequently kept the peace. The Penang State Art Gallery on the other hand is situated at a different premise which is at Dewan Sri Pinang, Light Street, a stone thrown away from the Museum premise . There are two Art Galleries which is situated in Dewan Sri Pinang. The Art Gallery on the Ground floor displays the works of local artists and is the venue for special exhibitions meanwhile the exhibition hall at the 3rd Floor housed the Permanent Collection which comprises of paintings donated or bought from the artists.
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Farquhar Road | Lebuh Light, Penang Island 10200, Malaysia
+60 4-261 3144
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Reviewed 1 June 2017 via mobile

Visiting the museum is really as you live in the past, in a historical maintained building, you can touch and feel the past, and enjoy the display.

Thank Battat1973
Reviewed 3 May 2017 via mobile

My kids really excited to the visit the museum and to learn more about penang history. It's really difficult to park our vehicle because lack of parking space. We had no other choice but to park at fort Cornwallis's parking lot. Nearly 10 minutes walk....More

Thank castiel21
Reviewed 28 April 2017 via mobile

After few rounds searching for parking, found out that this place is closed til july 2017. 😭 Advise for those who want to visit this museum, take grab or walk.

Thank anise M
Reviewed 19 April 2017

For 1 ringgit you get a small but beautifully formed museum telling you all about the different peoples who came to Penang and still live there. Interesting photographs, clothes and artefacts. Well worth an hour of your time.

Thank LoungerLondon
Reviewed 10 April 2017

It is only 1 Ringgit to get in, and it is right in the centre of town, so there's no excuse not to visit! The museum gives a good introduction to the various people who have come to live in Penang, such as the Chinese,...More

Thank StephenStocks
Reviewed 4 April 2017

For a mere 1 ringgit you can walk around this small museum and learn a lot about Penang's history. It gives you a great insight into how people from China, Thailand and Burma to mention a few, came to these shores. You'll see and learn...More

1  Thank SmillaRyde
Reviewed 1 April 2017

The Penang State Museum provides an excellent overview of the role of multiple ethnicities in making George Town such a fascinating and unique place. The presentation on Penang's history was engaging and informative, but what really makes this place a must see is the outstanding...More

Thank LongDrives
Reviewed 29 March 2017

Was really "pretty surprised" when they asked me one ringgit for admission since I knew by that time that the admissions for pretty much all the sites on the island were like between 20 & 30 ringgit (except like the temples which are totally free),...More

1  Thank Myo M
Reviewed 16 March 2017 via mobile

This museum is surprisingly interesting! You learn a lot about the different ethnic groups that make up Penang and the history of the town. For only 1R it's not a bad way to spend a hot afternoon.

Thank yangce118
Reviewed 16 March 2017

This museum is very interesting if you want to trace the development of Penang as it has changed hands over the centuries especially an insight into the British Colonial influence. Fort Cornwallis was named after The Prince of Wales who is also the Duke of...More

Thank hopkinstownboy
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