Colonial Penang Museum, George Town

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White colonnades and gold lattice balusters give a nod to the British Colonial era and the wealthy merchants who inhabited the former family home that now houses Colonial Penang Museum. The house is intricate and elaborate, with large stained-glass windows, gold sculptures, and marble statues throughout. The museum preserves the lifestyle of the house's former tenants with antiques and handwritten accounts plus furniture, paintings, and personal effects. Visitors can tour the house with the help of a knowledgeable guide; tours are included in the cost of admission. Before you head to George Town, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly George Town online road trip planner , to make sure you see all that George Town has to offer, including Colonial Penang Museum.
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  • It’s not the best museum in the world but it does have lots of collections that provides some insights of the old Penang. Some pieces of the collection are really one of a kind that I’ve not seen anyw...  more »
  • My daughter found about this place from a magazine and we decided to give it a try. If you not sure of how to get there take a cab. I have always love history so the artifacts relives my history lesso...  more »
  • So i went to Penang for few days.didn't know the place existed since i have only known about The Penang State Museum, and i was disappointed to see for myself that it was closed for renovation. So i g...  more »
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  • A bit away from Georgetown but definitely worth the uber ride here. I was very lucky as I showed up late on a Monday night at 5:55pm and the owner, Jasmine still insisted on showing me around. She told me she's been collecting these colonial antiques since she was 30. It's a collection that would rival some bigger museum's showings. Everything appeared to be in great condition and the tour ended up passed closing time at 6:45pm. So I am grateful she stuck around. Thanks Jasmine!
  • This musuem is a must see. It has a unique collection of arts and furniture that illustrate the life style of  rich merchants of Pinang in the 1900s. The villa itself is interesting. The musuem and the collection are well kept and exhibited in well organized and attractive manner. The guide speaks excellent English and was very knowledgeable and friendly. The owner welcomes the visitors herself and gave us a discount on the enterance fees. Though the full price of 30 Rm is still  reasonable fees to see such amazing collection. There is a treehouse in the yard and interesting collections of dolls with real hair. If you're in Pinang don't miss visiting this unique place of art.
  • A tour is included in the admission, nice collection. The young guide did a great job.
  • Worth to visit it. You can use Uber or Grab car 5 rm
  • This museum gives a very good insight about the lives of the rich merchants during the colonial era. A brief look into the lives of these English educated Chinese men and the ornate furnitures they buy from all over the world including France, India to name a few.

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As an established tourist destination, George Town offers a range of options making use of the city's famous architectural diversity, with boutique hotels in the old town themed around the history of the building they occupy. For such singular accommodations, expect to pay a little more. Budget hotels and unbranded local options provide a comfortable night sleep at an affordable rate. The coastal areas offer more expensive resort-style luxury rooms with sea views, while away from the beaten track, you'll find backpacker hostels providing good options for those wanting to keep on the move.
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