Colonial Penang Museum Founded on 2014
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Penang Colonial Museum was established in 2014 aiming to restore the less featured story of the ‘Colonial life lived by local Malaysian Chinese who migrated from China and their next generations’  This story is less featured in medias and it only happened in Penang mainly because
1. Malacca has got less European going in and they never get Westernize as much as Penangites 
2. As they were very wealthy and a lot of them have migrated overseas. 

The Museum was a Colonial House owned by a wealthy local Chinese allowing people from this era to experience the lifestyle of some wealthy local Malaysian Chinese who are not the Baba and Nyonya and live a Colonial life during the Colonial Days.

The owner of the Museum was an avid antique collector who have a special eye for antique. Every piece of antique are around 160 years and more. All of them are originally from houses of local Penangites between year 1800 - 1900. It took a few generations to collect all the artefacts from piece to piece, from Royal cabinet members who live in Penang to the rich Chinese families in Penang to what we see today. 

Background Story
Note: This is a draft. The proofreading is not complete.
A Story Of The Rich Local Malaysian During Colonial Days
It was in the 19th century, after East India Company establish a free port in Penang Island which prosper many people and after many Chinese migrants had building up stronger foundation in Penang and getting wealthier. To grow their business stronger and more competitive, they need to have interactions with English Colonial Masters to gain entry into their society in order to get farming and gaming license as well as exposing themselves to more business opportunities.

The problem was the English Colonial Masters were very class aware they do not associate with people from different social status. To grow their businesses, the local Chinese have to change and Westernize their lifestyle as a symbol of status that they are also from a noble family to be associated.
 
“In order to import all the high value furniture and decorations, they have to entrust someone who is trustworthy to carry the big sum of cash(enough to live a luxury life for the rest of their life) to Europe and buy luxury furniture and rare decorations that is even more luxury than the furniture used by the English Colonial Masters”
 
They started to build colonial style houses, having 2 section in their house a Western section and Asian section. The western section uses luxury western furniture, rare decorations items designed by famous artist, etc. In order to import all the high value furniture and decorations, they have to entrust someone who is trustworthy to carry the big sum of cash(enough to live a luxury life for the rest of their life) to Europe and buy luxury furniture and rare decorations that is even more luxury than the furniture used by the English Colonial Masters. After buying, the furniture have to go through a 4 months transportation by ship, passing through Egypt to India and to Penang.

Everything in the house and things that the rich local Chinese used must be very luxury and high standard to show that they are from the same level as the English Colonial Masters. Following the English lifestyle, party were held every weekend to attract more English people to the party so that they are able to get wider connections to the higher status Colonial Masters.

The Chinese Peranakan or more commonly known as the Baba-Nyonya is also one of the famous example of mixture of blood and collision of Chinese culture with many other cultures in Malaysia. They kept their Chinese culture of praying ancestors, celebrating Chinese festival, praying all the gods, held Chinese style wedding, but they use fork and spoon instead of chopstick to eat, they go to English school instead of Chinese school. There are more Chinese Peranakan in Melacca rather than Penang Island.

In Penang, there are more wealthy Malaysian Chinese with just mixture of cultures without the mixture of blood. They were highly influence by the Western culture and have sent their second generation to European countries to receive their education in the 1800’s. This resulted in their second generations are more associated with the Western cultures instead of Chinese cultures. This is also the reason why a lot of them have migrated to European countries.


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TODAY09:45 AM-06:30 PM
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