Not your average museum, Meowseum Museum Of Cat Art & Craft is a unique art gallery of sorts in Penang.
From the name, you can already guess what the main theme of this gallery is. The owner is an avid collector of cat related paintings and knick-knacks.
Come along with us in this post to learn more about this interesting museum!
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About Meowseum Museum Of Cat Art & Craft
Meowseum Museum Of Cat Art & Craft is along Lebuh Melayu in George Town, Penang. It is walking distance from Armenian Street and Sia Boey Urban Archaeological Park.
Many plants mark the front of the museum. And there is one clearly stated rule for visiting Meowseum Museum Of Cat Art & Craft – no kids.
The reason for this is mainly to protect the welfare of the resident cats in the gallery. They are not keen on strangers and had traumatic experiences with kids before.
But back to the gallery, we are sure that there are more than 300 individual pieces of art in here.
And speaking to the owner of Meowseum Museum Of Cat Art & Craft, he mentioned that it took him 10 years to collect all the art work in the museum. And he’s still collecting more.
Ease Of Parking At Meowseum Museum Of Cat Art & Craft
It is safe to assume that you won’t find parking along the same row as Meowseum Museum Of Cat Art & Craft.
Plan to park at the nearest paid car park instead and walk to the museum from there. Especially if it is a weekend or public holiday.
Because there are very limited car parks close to the museum.
Layout Of Meowseum Museum Of Cat Art & Craft
We like the layout of Meowseum Museum Of Cat Art & Craft. There are already so many things to see from the entrance. There are some interactive pieces close to the counter too.
And you just keep going deeper into the air-conditioned shop.
Note: The shop lot is quite narrow so navigating a wheelchair in here might be difficult.
There is a lounge area with mid-century chairs and a bookshelf full of cat related books – we didn’t have time to browse through these.
Past the lounge, is the pantry area.
And upstairs are even more paintings and collectibles to see.
Many of the artwork are kept or hung together by different categories including country of origin or genre (e.g., horror). We particularly like the Japanese art hanging by the stairs.
There are secret little rooms for different themes like tigers or Hello Kitty.
Every corner of the shop has some artwork on it. And the interior is beautifully furnished. With so many different art styles and knick-knicks all around, it has an eclectic look to it.
Service At Meowseum Museum Of Cat Art & Craft
The owner remains at the counter most of the time. We did not see any other staff around the gallery.
Guests can explore the gallery on their own since the paintings are all labelled with the country of origin. As well as the respective artist’s name.
If you do have questions, the owner is willing to answer them. He doesn’t speak Mandarin or Hokkien but can speak English and Malay.
Note: Don’t pet the cats and just leave them be.
Food At Meowseum Museum Of Cat Art & Craft
There’s no food served at At Meowseum Museum Of Cat Art & Craft. But at the back of the shop lot is a small pantry with a self-service tea station.
Payment is via an honesty box.
If you are looking for a proper café situation, Ome by Spacebar Coffee happens to be a 3-minute walk from Meowseum Museum Of Cat Art & Craft.
Pricing At Meowseum Museum Of Cat Art & Craft
Foreigners pay RM25 per person to enter Meowseum Museum Of Cat Art & Craft. While locals (with proof of IC) get to enter for RM19.
As Malaysians, we find this steep for entrance fees.
So, if you really want to get your money’s worth, it would be best if you could spend at least an hour here. Without rushing through the gallery as there really is a lot to see if you have time on your hands.
As cat owners, we really like the Meowseum Museum Of Cat Art & Craft. There are some really unusual pieces to see. And they are well presented.
The shop lot is not large, but nearly every inch (except for the very back of the shop that is only for staff access) of the walls is part of the gallery.
If you have time to spare or are escaping bad weather, we recommend a visit to Meowseum Museum Of Cat Art & Craft. Regardless if you’re a cat lover or not.