Penang State Museum and Art Gallery

Attraction Farquhar Road | Lebuh Light, Penang Island 10200, Malaysia Published on: 01-07-2016

1 hour
09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
09:30 AM
10:30 AM
First-time visit
Attraction
Museum
Must see
Kids
Art
1.00 USD

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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.

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Why Penang State Museum and Art Gallery is special ?

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.

What to explore at Penang State Museum and Art Gallery?

At the museum courtyard you will be able to see the original Penang Hills funicular railway carriage, anchor from the French destroyer "Mosquet", cannon and the billboard of Penang founder; Captain Francis Light.

The ground floor offers historical insight of the lives of the three major communities: Malay, Chinese and the Indians. As one of the first city that started from sea trade, Penang has brought myriads of multi-racial communities co-existing side by side.

The museum first floor provides visitor with the history of Penang starting from its founding as a British settlement in 1786 by Captain Francis Light until the early 20th century.

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Selling points

  • The colorful history of Penang
  • Worthy of a visit
  • Place to learn Penang's rich history and culture
  • Interesting overview of local cultures
  • Good for background history
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Duration
3.0 days
Estimated
141.13 USD
Total travel distance
km
Number of places
22 places

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Farquhar Road | Lebuh Light, Penang Island 10200, Malaysia

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Tips for you

  • You can see old days penang from the photographs,post card or drawing from the early people's of penang island.
    What to see
  • The upstairs gallery is a little harder to follow in terms of its layout.
    What to see
  • Bring your camera, bring water.
    What to bring
  • Prepared to walking and reading alots.
    Experience
  • Best time to come in the morning time
    Timming
  • If you are not an intellectual this is not the place for you. If you are not interested in history this is not the place for you. This place has the whole history of Penang with lots of various costumes and designs of the three cultures which makes up Penang
    Other
  • Car park available but limited space. So, do not come too late.
    Parking

Reviews

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Not a large Museum, takes about an hour, but well worth a visit to understand the melting pot which Penang is. It explains, with exhibits the life of the Malaysians, Chinese and Indians, when they arrived and how they lived there lives, with info about how they dressed and married. On the upstairs floor it explains with plenty of exhibits about the East Indian Company and the how the British build up an infrastructure of roads, schools, hospitals and law courts which allowed Penang to flourish.

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I have to admit, I did not have high expectations for the museum. I was mistaken; there are interesting items on display, amazing photographs, and so much to learn about the history of this wonderful island.

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A maintained museum which we can everything about the past of this island. When founded by a trader Francis Leight, the organization of British, Indian East Company. From where the citizens came and their races. A history of tradition among them, also about Japan occupation in 1941

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The Penang State Museum is a 2-storey building housing most artifacts from the from the era of the Sultanate to World War II where Penang was overan by the Japanese. This fully air-conditioned place has a few rooms dedicated to the nyonya-baba (straits born) culture - particularly the intricate embroideries of their clothes and slippers. There are also war memorials such as a underwater

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