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Penang State Museum and Art Gallery

255 Reviews

Penang State Museum and Art Gallery

255 Reviews
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Guided Tour of Cheong Fatt Tze's Blue Mansion in George Town
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Guided Tour of Cheong Fatt Tze's Blue Mansion in George Town

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Learn about a life of grandeur in 19th-century Penang on a tour of Cheong Fatt Tze, aka the Blue Mansion. Book admission to the famed George Town landmark and gain insight into its eclectic architecture and heritage, based on the lavish lifestyle of its former resident.
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saronic wrote a review Oct 2020
Zurich, Switzerland17,090 contributions1,535 helpful votes
Going west from Fort Cornwallis one will encounter several grand buildings from British Colonial times, often in Palladian style and all of them quite attractive, now included as part of George Town's UNESCO World Heritage. They can be seen at the roads Esplanade, Light and Farquhar, the last two named after the first governors of the Prince of Wales island, as Penang was then called. One of these town palaces is the Penang State Museum and Art Gallery. It used to house as of 1821 the famous Free School, open to all ethnicities, which had been founded 5 years earlier, as the oldest English medium-school in Southeast Asia. Having become overcrowded a new wing was constructed in 1896, another in 1906. In the 1920's already the school building was too small again, so the Free School was moved to the suburbs, at Green Lane, where it still stands today. The building on Farquhar Street became a primary school for over 30 years, but in the 1960's it was turned into the town's main museum. Never having been restored since its beginnings, it was time for a renovation and in 2017 it closed temporarily, as it says on a board by the museum. The exhibition was moved for this period to a Penang State Museum building at Macalister Road No 57.
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Date of experience: November 2019
macedonboy wrote a review Feb 2020
Glasgow, United Kingdom146,763 contributions99,846 helpful votes
This is an interesting museum documenting the history of Penang with an eclectic mix of exhibits. It’s not the most fascinating museum in the world, but the exhibits are good quality and mostly come with descriptions. I especially liked the mock-up of traditional Chinese houses.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Wayne M wrote a review Oct 2019
Durban, South Africa195 contributions43 helpful votes
It was interesting to walk around the museum for a few hours to see the history of the island of Penang.
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Date of experience: January 2019
Nomadman411978 wrote a review Jun 2019
London, United Kingdom3,171 contributions369 helpful votes
The Penang State museum is currently in the the old hospital building in McAllister Road whilst the main museum building is being renovated which I was told could take several years. So the current museum is really makeshift with just a fraction of the items of the museum being exhibited in McAlister Road. There is something of the history of the island and some historical exhibits relating to the various communities. Entrance is only one RM and will take around 30 minutes.
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Date of experience: June 2019
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Perry Grinate wrote a review Mar 2019
Ashby de la Zouch, United Kingdom713 contributions229 helpful votes
A really weird mixture of stuff which will not detain you for long, but this is still a very interesting place to while away 45 minutes away from the beaten Georgetown track
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Date of experience: February 2019
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