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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 February 12, 2016

There are a lot of fake reviews. The rankings in Penang things to do is rigged. One of the better things to do in Penang. Also one of the better museums in Penang and its only RM1. It not very well organized, but it is...More

2  Thank tenderlife
Reviewed February 4, 2016 via mobile

This is a really interesting museum with exhibits on the different cultures that make up Malaysia. There is also a little art gallery. It is only one Ringit to enter and is a nice, air conditioned way to spend a few hours.

1  Thank Marci H
Reviewed January 21, 2016

With an entrance fee of only 1 ringgit, its totally worth a visit. It has been set out pretty well inside and the history of the place is explained well.

Thank brinda_11
Reviewed January 20, 2016

If you want to know how Penang came to be what it is, this is a great place to start. Next month we'll have some friends visit us from abroad who want to know what is different about Penang. (That is, different from all the...More

Thank rugiez
Reviewed January 17, 2016

Worth an hour of your time on the first day as gives you an introduction to the place and an overview of the history. Most interesting bit was the paintings of old colonial Penang by an officer in the East India Company. Shame about lack...More

Thank eyequackess
Reviewed January 4, 2016

Interesting details on the various backgrounds and origins of the people which settled in Penang. Also good exhibits on costumes and home furnishings. The entry fee is symbolic and the hour spent here was well worth it.

Thank RayAnh72
Reviewed December 28, 2015

Housed in a historic & somewhat crumbling building. Collection is pretty impressive, & galleries are charming in their own forgotten, Malaysian way: typos, dusty shelves, dangling wires, dimly-lit corridors. This must be what museums looked like in the 19th century! Almost like stepping into the...More

Thank hitchcube
Reviewed December 24, 2015

Didn't look very big from outside, but turned out nice. Exhibits are interesting, and has a large art gallery of old paintings of Penang. Would recommend for an interesting hour.

Thank adhansstuff
Reviewed December 13, 2015

This isn't far from Fort Cornwallis. There is a token entrance fee. The museum is mostly on the ground floor, with a series of rooms describing the British colonisation and the discussing the Malay, Chinese, and Indian arrivals. It's not very high tech, but it's...More

Thank billthoo
Reviewed December 12, 2015

OK, it is not the most modern of museums and some of the display boards are behind glass and too far away to read but, that aside, I had two very happy hours wandering around and learning about the people's of Penang. It is a...More

1  Thank Roland D
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