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Museums and Art Galleries in Penang


There are quite a number of museums and art galleries in Penang. A few heritage buildings are also turned into museums. Some are not even called museums, but because of the number of antiquities being stored and maintained in the buildings, they could be categorized as one.

Museums and Art Galleries in Penang
Pinang Peranakan Mansion

However, some of the museums are not the typical heritage style that you would expect e.g. the Toy Museum.

Penang surprisingly has a range of museums that cover many heritage backgrounds. The trick is to find them and to get a knowledgeable guide that can make your visit more interesting.

However, some of the museums are not the typical heritage style that you would expect e.g. the Toy Museum.

Penang surprisingly has a range of museums that cover many heritage backgrounds. The trick is to find them and to get a knowledgeable guide that can make your visit more interesting.

Some of you may think that a self-guided tour is sufficient. True, it may well be the case but if you have a local guide to explain to you the significance of certain things, the tour would be more meaningful.

Here is the list of museums that falls in the category:

tuanku fauziah museum and art gallery at USM Penang
Tengku Fauziah Museum and Art Gallery, USM.
This museum does a lot of pro-active programs to broadcast their activities.

There is also a thriving art scene on the island. Even though not comparable to the ones in Kuala Lumpur (KL having more potential buyers), Penang does have a number of local artists who produce unique art work with varying quality. Supported by art aficionados, they survive due to pure diligence and the attitude of never giving up.

Here is a list of some interesting art galleries to check out:

  • The Tribal Art gallery
  • Jin Xiu Art Gallery
  • Yahong Art gallery
  • Alpha Utara gallery
  • ArtGrup
  • A2 gallery
  • Galeri Art Point
  • Galeri Seni Mutiara
  • LeKuan Art gallery
  • Pinang Gallery (under Penang State Museum)

*Please note that even though Pinang gallery is under the management of the state museum, the gallery is not located at the museum itself. It has its own show room at Dewan Sri Penang. The list of art exhibitions scheduled can be seen here.

The artists have several art societies that they belong to. Among them are:

  • Penang Art Society
  • Penang Water Color Society
  • Penang Oil Painter Society
  • Penang Malay Painters Society

Considering the size of Penang, the number of museums and art galleries are quite a lot. In my opinion, they are not getting the attention they deserve. Most people do not really appreciate the collection of antiquities or unique items being displayed in these museums and art galleries. The majority mostly pass it by quickly and a whole lot more skip the visit altogether.

What they need to understand is that, these items, although old and may seem boring, would never be reproduced again. So, what are you waiting for? Go and see them before they disappear forever.

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