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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. Arrange your visit to Colonial Penang Museum and discover more family-friendly attractions in George Town using our George Town vacation generator.
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  • An essential historical site to put into your bucket list when you're in Penang, a place where one can learn about the colourful past of this tropical island through perfectly preserved pieces of anti...  more »
  • Really worth a visit to see furniture, paintings, sculptures, stained glass, and all sorts of other odds and ends from a by-gone era. Beautiful marble tables, some with inlays, wooden furniture from I...  more »
  • As a tourist from the UK I was interested in the colonial history of Penang, so I thought this place would be a good start. It's a little while out of Georgetown, you can catch the 101 bus to the Burm...  more »
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  • 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.
  • A bit off the beaten path but well worth the visit! We were excellently received and guided through the museum by the very knowledgeable Tim. Beautiful and rich history.
  • Its ok. The exhibition is mostly on the rich history of penang. Some peranakan photos are nice
  • It's a place where history comes alive .. each antique pieces has a story to tell ... the intricate details of each piece does nothing but mesmerises you . If you want to know what Penang was in the 1880s or the how the life style was for the rich and famous ...head on to the Musuem and ask do Tim ...a young handsome chap with a good knowledge of all the items there ...
  • Visited Dec-2015, one of the better place to be in Penang rather than just food. Understanding more of the Peranakan traditions from here.