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Penang State Museum and Art Gallery, Penang Island

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Take a walk through history by browsing the exhibits of Penang State Museum and Art Gallery, housing various artifacts, photos, and furniture that tell the story about the island's development over the ages. The collection occupies several galleries showing the lifestyles and traditions of the various ethnic groups populating Penang. Admire the panoramic photos of the city streets, the display of old postcards, and vibrant landscape paintings. You can even play some board games and rest on the upper level. The exhibits come with comprehensive information signs both in Malay and English, so you can delve into Penang's rich past at your own pace. Arrange your visit to Penang State Museum and Art Gallery and discover more family-friendly attractions in George Town using our George Town travel itinerary planner.
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  • When I stop working. The exterior of the building is impressive and. Next to St. Put the walking trails as well as George's Church.
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  • Taxi driver Sanni, over two years since last month and closed driver's it is purchasing information and sales plans in different places in the meantime, me take me to the relocation, however, still in preparation but did not alone was going by bus is taxi drivers I of transfer I was helped considerably in (? ) Flag of the Museum at the entrance (? ), So was soon open I think
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  • Visiting the museum is really as you live in the past, in a historical maintained building, you can touch and feel the past, and enjoy the display.  more »
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  • Historic place and one can certainly learn a lot about Malay culture and their elegant history. It takes roughly an hour or two to complete depending on person's interest and it's a two storied building. Entry fee is very reasonable (RM 1). Recommended for history lovers!
  • Interesting musuem with lots of historical photographs and maps showcasing the rich heritage of Penang. Would have given 5 star if there were more interactive exhibits. But for the entrance fee it is totally worth the visit if you are keen on learning the rich history of Penang.
  • This place actually holds a very valuable potential as the exhibitions are well-kept. However, at some galleries, the atmosphere is eery with poor lighting. It can also be very quiet which creates unsettling feeling when not many people are visiting.
  • 1RM entry fee is an absolute bargain. Even if you have no interest in museums or learning more about Penang come here for the air conditioning. That being said, it is a museum worthy of a visit.
  • Surprisingly nice little museum with plenty of information on Penang and George Town. Really cheap admission and the building itself is weathered but impressive. We left the place knowing a lot more about local history and the different cultures and peoples in Penang, which is exactly what we were after.

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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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