Penang Museum

Penang Museum information

Georgetown , Malaysia
Lebuh Farquhar
+60 4 261 3144
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admission RM1
Opening hours
9am-5pm Sat-Thu
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From the town’s foundation site, it’s only a short stroll to the Penang Museum , one of Malaysia’s best presented museums. The permanent exhibition is a comprehensive walk-through of Penang’s history, festivals and cultures. No settler group is left out and all are admirably described in sympathetic detail, a testament to this state’s admirable record of tolerance. Look out for the beautifully carved opium beds, inlaid with mother-of-pearl, and the incredible silk-brocade outfits once worn by the Baba-Nonya (Straits Chinese) population. Temporary exhibitions are eclectic, ranging from galleries of colonial prints to displays on traditional Malay seamanship.