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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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  • It's a 3D art museum of about an hour tour with friendly staffs to help you to take picture's when there ain't much crowd. Most of the art featuring are of local culture. It's a 3 storey shop house. V...  more »
  • Nice place, the tour-guide was very friendly and did a good job explaining in a calm manner. Nice to see some culture in Penang thats not completely British nor completely Chinese but a very nice mix.  more »
  • A great collection of colonial artifacts. It is housed in a pretty old mansion. Most of the artifacts are 100+ years old and gives us a great insight into how the high and mighty chinese of the area u...  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 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 ...

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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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