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Penang State Museum and Art Gallery

Address: Farquhar Road | Lebuh Light, Penang Island 10200, Malaysia
Phone Number: 04-2613144
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Ranked #28 of 62 Attractions in Penang Island
Type: Art Museums, History Museums, Museums
Owner description: Penang State Museum and Art Gallery Officially open in 1962, the...
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Type: Art Museums, History Museums, Museums
Owner description: 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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Grand Junction, Colorado
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33 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Or when you first walk in. Pay your One RM and move on to the excellent exhibits. They're really well done and focus on the variety of cultures and ethnic groups that make up Penang.

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Vienna
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Informative, well-laid out museum. Explains the three cultures well. Loved the wedging photos and the displays highlighting the various cultures. A must see for those wanting to learn about the island's history.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

A good place to get some background on the history of Penang and it's people. Worth a quick visit as you go around Georgetown.

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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13 attraction reviews
88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

This museum houses a wealth of information on the history of Penang and is housed in what was originally a school -a section of which was destroyed by bombing so it must have been a sizable & majestic dwelling originally. It is definitely worth a visit just to see this beautiful building. Also, very easy to find if you are... More 

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Penang
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10 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

if you have nothing to do, maybe you can visit the state museum which i feel is not too bad to waste time and learn about penang.

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Birmingham
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50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

Interesting exhibits about the history of the people of Penang and the history of the city itself. Worth a visit if you have time to kill or it is a rainy morning. Entry a bargain for one ringgit!

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Adelaide, Australia
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56 reviews 56 reviews
20 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

We loved this museum and in particular the displays celebrating the different ethnic groups and their ways of life and how they have together produced the Penang we see today. The costumes and furniture donated by the Chinese community are very beautiful. The display of postcards of old Penang is very well done. It was interesting to see the handwritten... More 

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Springfield
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70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2014

This is not your typical museum as we know it in the western world. It does not have big windows, fancy lighting, huge glass cases, interactive displays, many levels of exhibits, and priceless objects. This is just a simple small museum housed either in an old school or next to a school called Hutchings Primary School. It is in town... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

I was worried about the the dark non-descript entrance and the sleepy receptionists at the door, and the fact that entrance fee was only one ringget. How could it be good? Well, I was wrong. The first room explained the history of Penang and the reason of its ethnical diversity. Then in the subsequent rooms, displayed wedding and funeral scenes... More 

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Bangkok, Thailand
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124 helpful votes 124 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

I was expecting a more impressive museum experience, but that being said it's still worth checking out. You can learn a lot about the history of Penang, and with the admission fee very low there's really no reason not to spend a bit of time here.

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