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“Clear history of Penang”

Penang State Museum and Art Gallery
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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.
Reviewed March 24, 2014

I was impressed by the insight in this Museum, displaying facts about the past, which I believe is in a most honest way, maybe this why the differing cultures in Penang get it. Those looking for impressive artifacts won't find them here, but if you are looking to know more about the people of Penang, you might just find it here.

Thank RonA_Plymouth
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Reviewed March 23, 2014 via mobile

We went here as my girlfriend had done some research and thought this would be worth a visit.after eventually finding it, it turned out to be a nice lil find. Very informative and was great to see some amazing oil paintings of the auld days too. Worth a visit but young children may not find it captivating enough.

Thank Calmac84
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Reviewed March 13, 2014

The State museum is small and probably largely overlooked by tourists. I for one, was not really planning to visit this museum, if not for the fact that I was HOT and TIRED one afternoon and came upon it. But I was glad that I went in and got a short history of Penang. The museum provides a good overview of the ethnic groups that came to Malaysia and settled here, it shows their culture and heritage; and how the groups live harmoniously together. There was also recent history, e.g. the destruction of Penang from Japanese bombings in WWII; and some war artifacts. The display I like most is on the Paranakans - the ways and lives of Chinese immigrants to Malaysia; and the mesh of cultures to create a wonderful new one. I love the dresses, the wedding customs, food, etc. The admission to the museum is only 1MYR. Do spend a little time there to learn some history. It will help you appreciate what you see in Penang more.

Thank amy2k
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Reviewed February 25, 2014

For those following my reviews of Malaysia, you will know that I love history. Hence this museum hit the spot with a great insight into the founding of Penang and the various aspects of its history until modern day. Well worth the time to visit and an absolute gift at the price. Enjoy!

Thank Martin C
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Reviewed February 19, 2014

If you are a foreigner, I am sure you will enjoy this museum tremendously. But not for locals such as myself. Very informative, and somehow I feel like I'm re-reading my secondary school's history textbook. Every historical facts refreshed my memory of what I already knew about Penang - a spice trader's island, Indian and Chinese emigrants later formed a settlement there, then the island was occupied by British. Truly enjoying the exhibits of Chinese Peranakan culture, as well as Captain Robert Smith's paintings.

Thank sheena2968
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