In 1962, action was taken by the State Government to secure a suitable place to house the state museum and art gallery. The acquisition of the present building, which once housed the Penang Free School (1821 – 1927) and then the Hutchings School (1928 – 1960) was inspired by the late Y.T.M. Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Al-Haj (Malaysia's Prime Minister) who wished to preserve this dignified old building where he and many leading citizens had been pupils. On 10 July 1963, the State Government formed the first Committee comprising officers and representatives of various interests under the chairmanship of the State Secretary, Encik Abu Hassan Abdullah, to discuss the setting up of a Museum & Art Gallery. The outcome was the formation of a Working Committee under Miss Nicol-Smith, Senior Lecturer in English at Malayan Teachers’ college and who have had some experience as a Museum Curator before. After three meetings, this Working Committee presented on 29 Oct 1963, recommendations to the State Government which accepted in toto on 24 Feb 1964, the setting up of a Museum and Art Gallery proper. - Text from Penang State Museum official website
Address: Lebuh Farquhar, George Town, 10200, Penang, MALAYSIA
Located on Jalan Green Hall, the Penang Time Tunnel features a fascinating layout that takes you back in time to significant periods of Penang history. Some of the highlighted eras include 'The Founding of Penang' (1786-1794), 'The Growing Multi-Racial Population' (1795-1825), 'The Recession and Turbulent Years After Independence' (1957-1969), 'Penang Towards A Brighter Future' (2013 and beyond) and more. Interestingly, this timeline is captured through the creative use of interactive murals. Thus, providing a fun-filled trip for all.
Address: No. 39, Jalan Green Hall, George Town, 10200, Penang, MALAYSIA
The Penang War Museum is a privately-run museum located on the hills above the fishing village of Batu Maung. The war museum is a monument to the mistake made by the British in thinking that the enemy would attack from the sea, and thus they constructed the bunkers and enforcement with cannons aimed to the sea. As it turned out, the Japanese invaded by land, coming down the Peninsula, and rendering the preparation moot.
Address: Lot 1350, Mukim 12, Daerah Barat Daya, Batu Maung, 11960, Penang, MALAYSIA