New museum branch to woo tourists
By Danny Ooi
GEORGE TOWN: Locals and tourists will soon have an extra venue to explore the island’s rich heritage and artifacts.This is made possible with the opening of the state’s museum and art gallery’s new branch in Jalan Macalister here on Saturday.
State museum board chairman Wong Hon Wai said the opening of the new branch marked a new chapter in the history of the state’s museum.
“It is our vision to make use of this new place to further promote the history and arts of our state.
“We hope to have something unique, something vibrant and something extraordinary, to compliment our existing museum in Lebuh Farquhar,
” he said at the signing and handover ceremony of the building between the state museum board and the Penang Island Municipal Council (MPPP).
The state’s museum was represented by Wong and MPPP by its president Patahiyah Ismail.
Wong said it would take between three and five years to fully equip the new place with collections of the island’s heritage and artifacts.
He said visits to various museums in the world, such as the Pearl Harbour Memorial in Hawaii, the War Museum in Hiroshima, Japan and the Palace
Museum in Taipei, Taiwan, had given him new insights about the countries’ history and livelihood of its people.
The state museum and art galley was established in 1964 at Lebuh Farquhar.
In 1994, the art gallery was moved to Dewan Sri Pinang.