Fodor's Expert Review Penang State Museum & Art Gallery
For a better understanding of Penang's rich, multicultural history—and for a break from the heat—duck inside this stately white heritage building, formerly the Penang Free School. The museum introduces visitors to the history of Penang through photographs of old transportation, artifacts that include weapons and betel boxes, and paintings that capture the past. The art gallery houses a collection of modern and contemporary art—a combination of sculpture, prints and videos—from 1965 to the present. The pieces cover themes including urbanization, globalization, and the environment.