Friday, May 10, 2013

Visiting Penang's owl museum

Located on the top of Penang Hill, in the historic city of Georgetown, is a unique museum which celebrates the magnificent, nocturnal, bird of prey, the Owl.  Penang’s Owl Museum, which opened its doors in March 2012, is a relatively ‘new’ attraction in this ancient town which teams with sight-seeing opportunities.
This 2500 sq. foot attraction, touted to be South Asia’s only museum dedicated to owl-themed art and craft, is a part of the Cliff Café, a triple-storey steel and timber complex situated at the top of Penang hill which also encompasses a food court and many souvenir stalls.
The museum features displays of more than 1000 owls, fashioned out of various materials like metals, wood, ceramic, fabric, buffalo horn, beans, seashells, stone, glass and more. These interesting and rather unique exhibits have been sourced for the museum’s collection from more than twenty countries around the world, like South Korea, China, Thailand, England, Indonesia, France, Vietnam, Japan and others.
Star exhibits at the museum include a blue ceramic owl decorated with gold and platinum accents that hails from Uruguay, and an owl crafted out of twigs and natural bark which was sourced from London. Also on exhibit at the museum, is a toy owl, which dates back more than twenty years but is in pristine condition for it has long been preserved in its original plastic casing. The museum from time to time also displays private collections of owl figurines loaned to the museum by private collectors. Additionally, the museum also commissions owl-themed works from local artists in an effort to promote them,
The Owl Museum through its varied exhibits, seeks to create awareness amongst the general public with regard to these ‘silent master hunters of the night’ for Malaysia is home to a significant population of owls. In fact of the 22 species of owls known to man, approximately 17 species of owls are resident in various regions of the country.
Aside from its displays, the museum also offers various owl-themed artifacts like fridge magnets, home décor accents and accessories for sale.
Penang’s Owl Museum is open daily from 9 am to 6 pm. Admission fees are currently RM 10.00 for adults, while children under 12 enjoy free access. Senior citizens aged 60 and above are entitled to a 50% discount.

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