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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  • We were the only ones there and got a personal tour of the house and collection of antiques. Guide was humourous and jovial with interesting stories for every piece. Well worth a visit and the entry f...  more »
  • We made the effort to get here but were somewhat underwhelmed. We went by taxi - 20 ringgit (overcharged, not the museums fault). We were the only ones there. The student guide did a very good job of ...  more »
  • Spent 30 yuan to buy tickets, there are experts to explain-Chinese and English have, a lot of collectibles, it is worth the time to listen slowly and see the collection, the people who speak the solution is very patient of history, harvesting a lot. There is a tree house in the courtyard, climbing the tree house to get a picture of the museum.
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  • We had a wonderful time at this example of a Penang Merchants home. The many and various ,very expensive, items of art, furniture,sculpture used to adorn the house offer an insight into the lifestyle at that time. The owner has collected all the original items and feels they should stay in Penang to show a history of the past. Our guide, Eric, was so knowledgeable on all aspects of the house and the history of Penang. Everyone should visit this wonderful collection and learn about the life of the wealthy local merchants.
  • Eclectic personal collection of paraphernalia from colonial times. Included in the ticket is a good tour (of just the two of us when we were there) which touches upon many interesting details. Rather disappointingly there was no opportunity to linger after the tour and have a more detailed look at the most striking bits. Wish we'd known that beforehand, so we could have slowed things down a bit.
  • Absolutely stunning museum full of some of earths richest treasures I felt privileged to have been able to visit. The experience was made by our completely wonderful guide Sohan who was warm, funny and really interesting. The perfect visit
  • Beautiful private antique collection in a colonial house. Tour guide was funny and informative. 50rm entry fee per person which is well worth it.
  • A great tour made so interesting by the tour guide who gave us a good insight . A lot of the furniture is intricately carved wood and the statues and painted glass art of days gone by were beautiful. We were there for about 2 hours, had a personal guided tour and the cost was 30 rm each.
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