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Colonial Penang Museum With Century Old Artefacts Opens Tomorrow

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GEORGETOWN – Penang is set to introduce another new tourism product with the opening of the Colonial Penang Museum in Jalan D.S. Ramanathan here.

With assistance from the Tourism and Culture Ministry and Penang state government, the first museum of its kind is set to open its doors to the public tomorrow from 9am to 6.30pm.

Managing director of the Museum, Eric Ma said the museums houses over 1,000 colonial era artefacts belonging to his family.

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He said among the artefacts were a handwritten document of Penang founder Captain Francis Light dated July 28, 1794, over land on Prince of Wales Island — as Penang Island was known then.

“We have spent over RM3 million to restore a bungalow leased by Penang government (for the museum) and hope that this place will become another tourism product for the state,” he told reporters after the opening ceremony by Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng here today.

Ma’s mother Jasmine Tan, 67, said previously the artefacts which had been with the family for over three generations, had been kept at a family home in Peel Avenue.

The entrace fee is RM20 for adults and RM12 for children below 12 while foreigner will be charged RM30 for adults and RM15 for children below 12. – BERNAMA

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