Penang State Museum and Art Gallery, Penang Island

3.5
Art Museum · History Museum
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. Put Penang State Museum and Art Gallery at the forefront of your travel plans using our George Town trip itinerary builder.
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  • This is an interesting museum documenting the history of Penang with an eclectic mix of exhibits. It’s not the most fascinating museum in the world, but the exhibits are good quality and mostly come.....  more »
  • It was interesting to walk around the museum for a few hours to see the history of the island of Penang.  more »
  • The Penang State museum is currently in the the old hospital building in McAllister Road whilst the main museum building is being renovated which I was told could take several years. So the current...  more »
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  • Went on mid December 2019 only to see it was closed for restoration work. Then read at Wikipedia that it has been undergoing major renovation since 2017 and is expected to take 3 years to complete. Should have checked beforehand. In the meantime, they have setup a temporary, smaller museum at McAllister Road. Read that at Wikipedia too. There's no sign mentioning this at the main state museum site.
  • The place moved from its advertised spot on Google maps to a place in the other side of town. No information is given in the website besides the address on the bottom of the page. The museum itself is 3 rooms, badly arranged, no information in a lot of items, very poor in the exposition. The only good thing is that it is only 1MYR entrance, but even for that price it was able to disappoint us.
  • Nice place. One of the most important places should go in Penang
  • Please note, just been today. Place is still closed and with the amount of work going on, doesn't look as though it will be open anytime soon.
  • Much better than what I've originally expected. An incredible, informative and lively displays at museum that will lead you through the journey of Penang and its different people. Really showing well how diverse and colourful the island is. I'm highly recommend to anyone wanting to understand the history, culture and people.

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