See wonderful architecture, optical illusion galleries, and learn about local ghost stories. Or pick up a new skill!
21 Fun Penang Interactive Museum
Make it a memorable day out with the family by visiting any of these interactive Penang museums!
- Penang 3D Trick Art Museum
- Ghost Museum Penang
- Wonderfood Museum Penang
- Straits And Oriental Museum
- Dark Mansion – 3D Glow-In-The Dark Museum
- Glass Museum Penang
- Meowseum Museum
- War Museum Penang
- Upside Down Museum
- Teddyville Museum Penang
- Colonial Penang Museum
- Penang State Museum And Art Gallery
- Batik Painting Museum Penang
- Penang Peranakan Mansion
- George Town Mansion
- Sun Yat Sen Penang Base
- Asia Camera Museum
- Penang House Of Music
- Teochew Puppet & Opera House
- Tech Dome Penang
- Penang Indian Heritage Museum
Note: All prices listed here are subject to change by the respective museum/ gallery.
1. Penang 3D Trick Art Museum
There are over 40 3D works made from paintings on the floors, walls, and ceilings!
Look like you’re underwater without actually being underwater! Or go sky diving without the fear of heights.
Many of the themes center on Malaysian culture although they do have some random themes like “Escape with E.T.”!
Don’t worry about capturing the perfect angle as their friendly staff will help you!
- Location: 10, Lebuh Penang, George Town, 10200 George Town, Penang Island
- Contact: +604-263 1628
- Opening Hours: Daily from 9am–6pm
- Entrance Fee:
- Malaysians: RM18 (Adult), RM12 (Child 4-12 y.o./ Senior 60y.o. and above)
- Non-Malaysians: RM28 (Adult), RM18 (Child 4-12 y.o.)
2. Ghost Museum Penang
While the exhibits here are not that frightening to adults, kids may get a good scare out of the haunting displays!
Plan to spend at least 30 minutes to an hour here looking at scary setups and learning stories from different cultures!
- Location: 57, Lebuh Melayu, George Town, 10300 George Town, Penang Island
- Contact: +604-261 2352
- Opening Hours: 10am–7pm
- Entrance Fee:
- Malaysians: RM20 (Adult), RM14 (Child/ Senior)
- Non-Malaysians: RM30 (Adult), RM20 (Child/ Senior)
- No fees apply for children below 100cm
3. Wonderfood Museum Penang
Gigantic and miniature hyper-realistic models of quintessential Penang food provide a new perspective on the local culture!
The well-thought-out displays are just as fun as they are informative with astounding attention to detail!
Warning: You will likely leave the quirky museum hungry for the actual food!
Read about our personal experience exploring Wonder Food Museum.
- Location: 49, Lebuh Pantai, George Town, 10200 George Town, Penang Island
- Contact: +604-251 9095
- Opening Hours: 9am–6pm
- Entrance Fee:
- Malaysians: RM20 (Adult), RM12 (Child)
- Non-Malaysians: RM30 (Adult), RM20 (Child)
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4. Straits And Oriental Museum
One new reason to visit Gurney Paragon mall is Straits and Oriental Museum.
They have an impressively large private collection of beautiful antique ceramics to view. Many are from shipwrecks in Malaysia.
Besides this, the patient staff will share some history as well. And there are occasional cultural events (like live painting sessions) held here too.
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- Location: 163C-3-1 St. Jo’s Gurney Paragon Mall 10250, Persiaran Gurney, 10250 George Town, Pulau Pinang
- Contact: +6011-17227007
- Opening Hours: 10am-6pm
5. Dark Mansion – 3D Glow-In-The Dark Museum
Higher-than-average admission costs might make you think twice about paying to see 3D artwork that uses glow-in-the-dark paint.
They will charge extra for their photo-taking service as well.
But you will have ~10 uncommon photo opportunities in a fantasy forest or space!
The experience should take 20 minutes to an hour depending on your enthusiasm for photos! The whole experience should take 20 minutes to an hour depending on your enthusiasm for photos.
6. Glass Museum Penang
Technically not a museum as Glass Museum Penang is a sales gallery for decorative glassware. And hence, you can purchase any piece here if they take your fancy!
The entrance fee includes a short glass-decorating demonstration.
Visitors can sketch out a design on a piece of glass, and after some sand-blasting, they can bring it home as a Penang souvenir!
- Location: 6, Jalan Burma, George Town, 10050 George Town, Penang Island
- Contact: +604-251 9881
- Opening Hours: Weekdays: 9:30am–6pm; Saturday: 9am–5pm (Sunday Closed)
- Entrance Fee: RM30
7. Meowseum Museum Of Cat Art & Craft (FOR ADULTS ONLY)
Meowseum Museum Of Cat Art & Craft has cats (the owner’s) roaming around but visitors are encouraged to leave the cats alone and pay attention to the artwork instead.
Note: For the above reason, children are no longer allowed into the gallery. There were previous injuries and damages.
The air-conditioned gallery is full of cat-themed paintings, figurines, books, and other knick-knacks (there are 2 floors) and you can enjoy viewing them for under RM20 (if you’re Malaysian, foreigners pay a bit more).
Read more about Meowseum Museum In George Town.
- Location: No 47, Lebuh Melayu, Georgetown, 10100 George Town, Penang
- Contact: +6012-6891228
- Opening Hours: 10:30am-7pm
- Entrance Fee: From RM19
8. War Museum Penang
Up on Bukit Hantu (Ghost Hill), is an old British military fort where many grisly acts were carried out here after the Japanese took over.
Today, visitors can explore the barracks, underground tunnels and ammunition stores.
Reliable historical information is lacking though as the focus is on the scare factor – they even have night tours!
Remark: Bring a hat, insect repellent and long sleeves!
9. Upside Down Museum
Make some surprising memories at this optical illusion gallery and have a blast while doing so!
You’ll have a lot of funny photos (with friendly staff to help!) afterwards to remember your time in Penang!
On a busy day, it can feel like you’re being herded into the next room like sheep though!
10. Teddyville Museum Penang
By the name, you can guess this is a teddy bear museum in Penang! It is one of the best places to visit with kids if you are in Batu Ferringhi!
They use teddy bears creatively in beautiful displays to re-enact typical and historical scenes in Penang life! While you are here, you can learn the history of teddy bears in general too.
If you are staying at Hilton, you can get half price on the entrance fees. For visitors that are not staying at the hotel, you should know that the car park fee per car is RM5.
11. Colonial Penang Museum
Note: Temporarily closed
Do not let the entrance fee and appearance of the building deter you.
This bungalow has an impressive collection of priceless antique furniture and glass-stained windows!
These were amassed from the spectacularly wealthy Chinese and Peranakans during the British colonial rule. Go for the guided tours! You won’t regret it!
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12. Penang State Museum And Art Gallery
Note: Temporarily closed until 2024
Renovation of the original building has been going on since 2017.
In the meantime, there is a portion of the historical collection and cultural artifacts on display at a temporary location at McAllister Road.
While the art gallery is at Dewan Sri Pinang – mostly abstract art!
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13. Batik Painting Museum Penang
Another reason to visit Armenian Street is for this private collection of exquisite batik art paintings from over 90 artists on display!
The guide will cover a little bit of history on batik at the start of the tour!
PS: The main paintings are not for sale but visitors can pick up other batik paintings instead.
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14. Penang Peranakan Mansion
Step into this gorgeous Peranakan 2-storey townhouse that was once the family home of a fabulously wealthy man called Chung Keng Kwee.
Daily tours (minimum 5 pax) at 11:30am and 3:30pm allow visitors to have a peek into glamorous and opulent lifestyle of upper-class families in the past!
Read more about our experience at Penang Peranakan Museum.
15. George Town Mansion
George Town Mansion shares the same owner as the Penang Peranakan Museum. And while George Town Mansion is still new, you can view both museums with just the Penang Peranakan Museum entrance ticket.
This pretty gallery of Peranakan, Malay and British colonial artifacts is smaller than its established counterpart (Penang Peranakan Museum). But the tours by the passionate staff are just as informative.
It’s also worth checking out the well-kept grounds of the building. And the vintage car they have on-site!
- Location: 23, Lebuh Clarke, George Town, 10050 George Town, Pulau Pinang
- Contact: +604-2642929
- Opening Hours: 9am-5pm
- Entrance Fee: RM20 (It costs an additional RM5 to visit Penang Peranakan Museum)
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16. Sun Yat Sen Penang Base
Note: Temporarily closed
Sun Yat Sen Museum is yet another historic gem in George Town.
The museum is tribute to Sun Yat Sen, a prominent figure/ leader of the Chinese Revolution of 1911.
The wonderfully preserved house is home to a permanent exhibition on Sun Yat Sen’s influence in Penang while he was living here!
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17. Asia Camera Museum
Appreciate the evolution of cameras from the 1000-strong collection of antique cameras at this specialty museum on Armenian Street!
Including German camera brands, Leica and Zeiss!
Many of these cameras still work as the passionate proprietor will demonstrate using old photography techniques! Visitors can have a shot at developing photos in a dark room too.
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18. Penang House Of Music
On the fourth floor of Komtar, is a small museum with splendid set-ups on the history of music in Penang between the 1930s and 1970s!
Visitors can play the instruments too!
An excellent 40-minute guided tour (included with the entrance fees) highlights through stories and exhibits, how the diversity of races and certain events changed music in Penang!
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19. Teochew Puppet & Opera House (潮藝館)
Teochew Puppet & Opera House showcases props from a traditional art-form, specifically Teochew steel-rod puppet opera!
There will be the occasional shows too. Visitors can play with the puppets and even try on a full set of opera costumes for free!
The founder herself comes from a line of opera performers!
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20. Tech Dome Penang
Within this hall are many delightful interactive exhibitions for anyone to gain more science related knowledge!
If you get the all-day combo ticket for The Top, this location should be your priority!
You can easily spend around 3 hours here! And once a year, they host a Japanese technology and culture fair!
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21. Penang Indian Heritage Museum
Penang Indian Heritage Museum does a superb job of exhibiting Malaysian Indian heritage and culture!
There are rare items such as old childhood games and traditional Indian household items!
It’s free for visitors to visit this museum too which is under the Penang Hindu Endowments Board (PHEB)!
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Getting To Penang Museum
Book a private tour for easy transport around the city!
Having a local experienced guide to show you around ensures that you only see the best of what Penang has to offer!
You can easily include a Penang museum into their flexible itineraries that start from morning and end in the evening!
Recommended Tour Services For Penang
It’s great to have someone who actually lives in Penang to show you the sights first-hand!
And the benefit of a tour service is that you don’t have to worry about how to best utilize your time. Or use up your energy planning and deciding where to go (and how to get there).
Here are 2 different but highly-rated tour services if you want to have a better understanding of the food, history, and culture of Penang:
- 4-hour Walking Food Tour – mixed group (9 pax max), food and drinks included, pick-ups not provided
- 6-hour Tour Plus Transport – private tours, customizable itinerary, pick-ups (anywhere on Penang Island) included
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Do yourself a favor and make sure to include an interactive Penang museum into your Penang trip!
Most of these museums have a way of educating and entertaining their visitors simultaneously.
Such museums offer a closer look at the culture and history that surrounds Penang! Use this list to decide which ones you want to visit!