• Opening Hour

    9.00a.m. -6.00p.m.

    Closed on Friday

  • Location

    Lebuh Farquhar, George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia

  • Admission Fee


  • Exploration Time

    1 hour

Brief Introduction

Located in GeorgeTown. The Penang State Museum on Farquhar Street is the first building that comes under the administration of the Penang State Museum Board. Its chronology began in 1816 as a building donated by the East India Company, built under the supervision of Captain Robert Smith (the Royal Engineer), and to be used as an education center.


For a number of years residents of Penang had been urging that Penang should have a Museum & Art Gallery. In 1941, a small museum was built up at St. Xavier’s Institution; this with all its specimens was wiped out by enemy action during the war. Another independent effort was made in 1956 under the stimulus of Mr. R.P. Bingham and the nucleus of a museum was collected in a house in Northam Road. However, owing to the demolition of the house, this too had to be abandoned and its collections became scattered.

On 10th 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 29th October 1963, recommendations to the State Government which accepted in toto on 24th February 1964, the setting up of a Museum & Art Gallery proper.

Missions and Visions

The Mission of Penang State Museum, is to collect, study, preserve and showcase the state and cultural heritage by promoting the educational exhibits of history and heritage and culture, to nourishing and cultivate the interest of appreciation of the state’s heritage and culture to realize the awareness and love for our motherland for the present and future generations so that the passage of time does not expire.


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