Penang State Museum

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Penang, Malaysia

Penang State Museum Reviews

WalterC WalterC
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Must visit museum in Penang Nov 23, 2014
Located next to St. George’s Church, with a bunch of other colonial buildings, Penang State Museum is definitely well worth a visit, for anyone interested in history.

Just outside of the entrance, is a display of classic cars, and a few other things. While nice to look at, the main reason to visit this place is the inside of the museum itself.

It starts off with the history of Penang, from the Malay Kingdom period, through the colonial era, towards the present day. Then the museum has separated exhibitions on the major ethnic groups, which are the Malays, Chinese, and Indians, that helped shape the culture of Penang, which can be seen today, as shown in the city of George Town and the local cuisine. Also, there are exhibitions on the Baba Nyonya (also known as Peranakan) and other ethnic groups.

On display, are artifacts and period furniture that are normally found in each of the ethnic groups household. Plus replicas of rooms as well, and background on the culture of these groups and more. All of this showcasing the diversity of Penang.

Admission is very cheap, 1 RM, but the museum as a whole is definitely worth a lot more. Very good English descriptions and very informative, the Penang State Museum is very much a must-visit, especially those wanting to get some background on Penang, or for history buffs in general.

I would say, a very good place to start your visit to Penang, if staying for at least 2 days.
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