Frequently Asked Questions

What is the definition of a museum?

The word 'museum' is derived from the term 'muse', which originated from 'Muses', the nine daughters of Zeus. According to Greek mythology, they were the patronesses of culture, religion, education, arts, tragedy and astronomy. Based on this mythology, there emerged the term 'museion' which in Greek means 'seat of the muses'. In Malaysia, a museum is a general educational institution which disseminates information on history, culture and the natural world. Activities carried out by museums in this country are part of efforts to help the country build and strengthen the identity of its people as well as serving as tourist attractions.

What is the total number of artworks from year 1965 until 2014?

614 artworks over a span of 47 years.

What are the types of calls frequently received from the public?

The most frequent types of calls received by LMNPP staffs is about the current/upcoming exhibitions and the operation hours.

What is the procedure to arrange for a guided tour of the museums and galleries?

Interested parties may contact the museum/gallery that they wish to visit and inform it of the need for a guided tour together with the date, time and number of participants. They might write in a letter to us as well.

Does the LMNPP accept contributions of personal artefacts for display at its museums/galleries?

Yes. The department accepts contributions of artefacts from the public/organisations with certain terms and conditions. Please contact the Assistant Curators of LMNNPP on matters related to the contribution of artefacts or artworks.

How do I apply for a job at the LMNPP?

Vacancies for every positions will be advertised in the Official Website of LMNPP or Official Portal of Penang State Government.

What is conservation?

An action, whether directly or indirectly, to extend the life of an element or a group of elements that are new or damaged, stable or unstable so that the message to be conveyed about heritage can be exhibited to the public.