Built in 1912, the building was first used as the High Court before
becoming the headquarters of several state government departments.
Its architecture has strong Roman influence, which is evident also
in the Temple of Fortune Rivals.
On July 25, 1983, Sultan Abdul Halim Mu'adzam Shah proclaimed it as
the Balai Seni Negeri Kedah Darul Aman (Kedah Darul Aman State Art
The gallery comprises five sections, and is home to antiques, historical
relics and several arts collections including some fine Malaysian
landscape watercolour paintings by AB Ibrahim. Other facilities
include a souvenir shop where one can buy postcards and artist tools.