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. 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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  • Is currently keeping on while we were sorry that the match and surrounding buildings. Over the wall in old cable cars, etc.
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  • It is a Museum of history of Penang. Would be very worthwhile can be seen to take, it was very interesting.
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  • The museum ia closed for developmental works till November 2017. The temporaet museum is now located at 57 Macalister Road occupying a former hospital. Nothing much on display at the moment unless you...  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.
  • Lots of local history, interesting if you like reading. Displays about all the different cultures in penang. Bigger than expected and cheap entry fee.

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