Penang Museum

Visit a Penang museum for a change of pace from the usual Penang attractions like street mural art, natural surroundings, historical landmarks, temples and beaches.

Penang has a bunch of truly unique museums that are great fun for all ages as they are highly immersive! Great for when you’re in Penang with kids!

See wonderful architecture, optical illusion galleries, 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 Penang interactive museums!

  1. Penang 3D Trick Art Museum
  2. Ghost Museum Penang
  3. Dark Mansion – 3D Glow-In-The Dark Museum
  4. Glass Museum Penang
  5. War Museum Penang
  6. Upside Down Museum
  7. Penang Tunnel Museum
  8. Wonderfood Museum Penang
  9. Teddyville Museum Penang
  10. Colonial Penang Museum
  11. Penang State Museum And Art Gallery
  12. Batik Painting Museum Penang
  13. Penang Peranakan Mansion
  14. Pg Gold Museum
  15. Sun Yat Sen Penang Base
  16. Asia Camera Museum
  17. Penang House Of Music
  18. Teochew Puppet & Opera House
  19. Asia Comic Cultural Museum
  20. Tech Dome Penang
  21. 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! Same with sky diving!

Giant Centipede Mural At The Penang 3D Trick Art Museum
Giant Centipede Mural At The Penang 3D Trick Art Museum – photo credits to mpesal (Instagram)

Their themes center on Malaysian culture with 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: Weekdays: 9am–6pm; Weekends: 9am–8pm

Entrance Fee:

  • Malaysians: RM15 (Adult), RM10 (Child/ Senior/ Student)
  • Non-Malaysians: RM25 (Adult), RM15 (Child/ Senior/ Student)

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!

Haunted Dining Hall Set Up At The Ghost Museum In Penang
Haunted Dining Hall Set Up At The Ghost Museum In Penang – photo credits to portstarboardoflyana (Instagram)

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: RM18 (Adult), RM8 (Child/ Senior)
  • Non-Malaysians: RM36 (Adult), RM16 (Child/ Student)
  • Children below 7 enter for free

3. Dark Mansion – 3D Glow-In-The Dark Museum

Higher-than-average admission costs should 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!

Glowing Waterfall At The 3D Glow In The Dark Museum
Glowing Waterfall At The 3D Glow In The Dark Museum – photo credits to eugeneferguson (Instagram)

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!

Location: 145, Lebuh Kimberley, George Town, 10100 George Town, Penang Island

Contact: +604-251 9694

Opening Hours: 10am–6:30pm

Entrance Fee:

4. Glass Museum Penang

Technically not a museum, this is a sales gallery for decorative glassware. You can purchase any piece if they take your fancy!

Glass Museum Penang
Glass Museum Penang – photo is from their official Facebook page

The entrance fee includes a short glass-decorating demonstration.

An Exhibit Glass Museum Penang
An Exhibit Glass Museum Penang – photo is from their official Facebook page

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 9880

Opening Hours: Weekdays: 9:30am–6pm; Weekends: 9am–5pm (Sunday Closed)

Entrance Fee:

  • Malaysians: RM21.50 (Adult), RM12 (Child)
  • Non-Malaysians: RM17 (Adult), RM9 (Child)

5. 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.

Tunnel At The War Museum Penang
Tunnel At The War Museum Penang – photo credits to engston (Instagram)

Reliable historical information is lacking as the focus is on the scare factor – they even have night tours!

Location: Jalan Batu Maung, 11960 Batu Maung, Penang Island

Contact: +6016-421 3606

Opening Hours: 9am–6pm

Entrance Fee:

  • Malaysians: RM22(Adult), RM12 (Child)
  • Non-Malaysians: RM38 (Adult), RM20 (Child)

Remark: Bring a hat, insect repellent and long sleeves!

6. 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!

Upside Down Museum 顛倒博物館
Upside Down Museum 顛倒博物館 – photo credits to desty_david (Instagram)

On a busy day, it can feel like you’re being herded into the next room like sheep!

Location: 45, Lebuh Kimberley, George Town, 10100 George Town, Penang Island

Contact: +604-264 2660

Opening Hours: Weekdays: 9am–5:30pm; Weekends: 9am–6:30pm

Entrance Fee:

  • Malaysians: RM16 (Adult), RM11 (Student), RM8 (Child)
  • Non-Malaysians: RM27 (Adult), RM16 (Child)

7. Penang Tunnel Museum

Walk through a tunnel into a museum that contains many antiques and photos that show the history of Penang during its multiple stages of occupation!

Inside The Penang Tunnel Museum
Inside The Penang Tunnel Museum – photo credits to glowria____ (Instagram)

The other half of the museum is dedicated to a 3D-art gallery where the staff will help you take some creative photos with your phone!

Location: 39, Jalan Green Hall, George Town, 10200 George Town, Penang Island

Contact: +604-261 9181

Opening Hours: Weekdays: 9:15am–7pm; Weekends: 9:15am–7:30pm

Entrance Fee:

  • Malaysians: RM19 (Adult), RM12 (Child)
  • Non-Malaysians: RM29 (Adult), RM19 (Child)

Remark: Despite the name, the tunnel itself is not remarkable.

8. Wonderfood Museum Penang

Gigantic and miniature hyper-realistic models of quintessential Penang food provide a new perspective on the local culture!

Local Food Display At Wonderfood Museum Penang
Local Food Display At Wonderfood Museum Penang – photo credits to amirafiqah__ (Instagram)

The well-thought out displays are just as fun as they are informative with astounding attention to detail!

Typical Chinese New Year Feast Visual Exhibit At Wonderfood Museum
Typical Chinese New Year Feast Visual Exhibit At Wonderfood Museum – photo credits to heartybear_e1 (Instagram)

Warning: You will likely leave the quirky museum hungry for the actual food!

Location: 49, Lebuh Pantai, George Town, 10200 George Town, Penang Island

Contact: +604-251 9095

Opening Hours: 9am–6pm

Entrance Fee:

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9. Teddyville Museum Penang

By the name, you can guess this is a teddy bear museum in Penang! One of the best places to visit if you are in Batu Ferringhi!

They use teddy bears creatively in beautiful displays to reenact typical and historical scenes in Penang life!

TeddyVille Museum At DoubleTree Resort Penang
TeddyVille Museum At DoubleTree Resort Penang – photo credits to booking.com

Learn the history of teddy bears in general too!

Location: Ground Floor, DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Penang 56, Jalan Low Yat, 11100 Batu Ferringhi, Penang, Malaysia.

Contact: +6016-550 5949

Opening Hours: 9am–6pm

Entrance Fee: RM36 (Adult), RM29 (Student), RM25 (Child)

10. Colonial Penang Museum

Do not let the entrance fee and first looks of the building deter you.

This bungalow has an impressive collection of priceless antique furniture and glass-stained windows!

Colonial Penang Museum
Colonial Penang Museum – photo credits to bibz2.0 (Instagram)

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!

Location: 7, Jalan D.S Ramanathan, Pulau Tikus, 10350 George Town, Penang Island

Contact: +604-228 8561

Opening Hours: 9:45am–5:15pm

Entrance Fee: RM30 (Adult), RM15 (Child)

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Renovation of the original building has been going on since 2017. With no indication of when it will be complete!

Antique Brassware At Penang State Museum & Art Gallery
Antique Brassware At Penang State Museum & Art Gallery – photo credits to xanthron_fae (Instagram)

In the meantime, there is a portion of the historical collection and cultural artifacts on display at a temporary location at McAllister Road.

Traditional Malay Costumes At The Penang State Museum & Art Gallery
Traditional Malay Costumes At The Penang State Museum & Art Gallery – photo credits to xanthron_fae (Instagram)

While the art gallery is at Dewan Sri Pinang – mostly abstract art!

Location: Lebuh Farquhar, George Town, 10450 George Town, Penang Island

Contact: +604-226 1462

Opening Hours: 9am–5pm

Entrance Fee: RM1 (Adult), RM0.50 (Student)

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12. 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!

Batik Painting Of Koi Fish At Batik Painting Museum Penang
Batik Painting Of Koi Fish At Batik Painting Museum Penang – photo credits to april_eats_and_sees (Instagram)

With a little bit of history batik at the start of the tour!

The main paintings are not for sale but visitors can pick up other batik paintings instead.

Location: 19, Lebuh Armenian, George Town, 10200 George Town, Penang Island

Contact: +604-262 4800

Opening Hours: 10am–6pm

Entrance Fee: RM10 (Adult), RM5 (Student)

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13. 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.

Penang Peranakan Museum
Penang Peranakan Museum – photo credits to aishahfarhanah_ (Instagram)

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!

Location: 29, Church St, Georgetown, 10200 George Town, Penang

Contact: +604-264 2929

Opening Hours: 9:30am–5pm

Entrance Fee: RM20 (Adult)

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14. Pg Gold Museum

PG Gold Museum is part of the retail store under Public Gold Group.

Not quite worth making a trip for unless you plan to buy something from the store!

Mine Set Up At PG Gold Museum
Mine Set Up At PG Gold Museum – photo credits to superpig1015 (Instagram)

Go through a fake mine while you learn the history of gold in South East Asia. Sift for gold and see an ingot-making demonstration using silver!

Location: 95, Lebuh Bishop, George Town, 10200 George Town, Penang Island

Contact: +604-261 9999

Opening Hours: 9am–6pm

Entrance Fee: RM28 (Adult), RM15 (Child/ Senior)

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15. Sun Yat Sen Penang Base

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.

Sun Yat Sen Museum Penang
Sun Yat Sen Museum Penang – photo credits to roro_ro_r_o_ (Instagram)

The wonderfully preserved house is home to a permanent exhibition on Sun Yat Sen’s influence in Penang while he was living here!

Location: 120, Lebuh Armenian, George Town, 10200 George Town, Penang Island

Contact: +6016-442 8785

Opening Hours: Tuesday to Saturday: 9am–5pm; Sunday: 1pm–5pm (Monday Closed)

Entrance Fee: RM5 (Adult), RM3 (Student)

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16. 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!

The Dark Room At Asia Camera Museum
The Dark Room At Asia Camera Museum – photo credits to yazid_swee (Instagram)

Many of these cameras still work as the passionate proprietor will demonstrate using old photography techniques! Have a shot at developing photos in a dark room!

Location: 71 (1st Floor), Lebuh Armenian, Georgetown, 10200 George Town, Penang

Contact: +604-251 9878

Opening Hours: 10am–6pm

Entrance Fee: RM20 per person

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17. 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!

Exhibits At The Penang House Of Music
Exhibits At The Penang House Of Music – photo credits to norman.rizal (Instagram)

Visitors can play the instruments too!

Various Instruments At The Penang House Of Music
Various Instruments At The Penang House Of Music – photo credits to norman.rizal (Instagram)

An excellent 40-minute guided tour (included) highlights through stories and exhibits, how the diversity of races and certain events changed music in Penang!

Location: KOMTAR, L4-02, Level 4, Jalan Penang, George Town, 10000 George Town, Penang Island

Contact: +604-370 6675

Opening Hours: 11am–8pm

Entrance Fee:

  • Malaysians: RM20 (Adult), RM10 (Child/ Senior/ Student)
  • Non-Malaysians: RM30 (Adult), RM15 (Child/ Senior/ Student)
  • Free for children under 5 years old

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18. Teochew Puppet & Opera House (潮藝館)

Teochew Puppet & Opera House showcases props from a traditional art-form, specifically Teochew steel-rod puppet opera!

An Assortment Puppet Heads At Teo Chew Puppet And Opera Museum
An Assortment Puppet Heads At Teo Chew Puppet And Opera Museum – photo credits to daphneleemeilin (Instagram)

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!

Location: 122, Lebuh Armenian, George Town, 10200 George Town, Penang Island

Contact: +604-262 0377

Opening Hours: 10am–6pm (Closed On Monday)

Entrance Fee:

  • Malaysians: RM5
  • Non-Malaysians: RM10

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19. Asia Comic Cultural Museum

Asia Comic Cultural Museum has over 13,000 sq ft for displaying the comic culture of ~9 Asian regions around the world! Including works of famous political comic artists!

Asia Comic Cultural Museum
Asia Comic Cultural Museum – photo credits to jiin_blares (Instagram)

See the evolution of comics including the process of making them!

There are original artworks on display too! An absolute must for comic enthusiasts!

Pose With Your Favorite Characters At The Asia Comic Cultural Museum
Pose With Your Favorite Characters At The Asia Comic Cultural Museum – photo credits to amanhakim (Instagram)

Location: 2nd level ICT Mall, Komtar, 10000 George Town, Penang

Contact: +604-371 5516

Opening Hours: Weekdays: 11am–7pm; Weekends: 11am–9pm

Entrance Fee:

  • Malaysians: RM15
  • Non-Malaysians: RM20
  • RM10 for students and seniors

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20. Tech Dome Penang

Within this hall are many delightful interactive exhibitions for anyone to gain more knowledge on the subject of science!

Interactive Set Up At The Tech Dome Penang
Interactive Set Up At The Tech Dome Penang – photo credits to azeemhakime (Instagram)

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!

Location: Geodesic Dome, KOMTAR, Jalan Penang, 10000 George Town, Penang Island

Contact: +604-262 6663

Opening Hours: 10am–6pm

Entrance Fee: See the current rates here.

  • Malaysians: RM28 (Adult), RM16 (Child)
  • Non-Malaysians: RM56 (Adult), RM32 (Child)

Further reading:

21. Penang Indian Heritage Museum

Penang Indian Heritage Museum does a superb job of exhibiting Malaysian Indian heritage and culture!

Penang Indian Heritage Museum
Penang Indian Heritage Museum – photo credits to their official Instagram

There are rare items such as old childhood games and traditional Indian household items!

It’s free to visit this museum too which is under the Penang Hindu Endowments Board (PHEB)!

Location: 225, 221, Jalan Macalister, Georgetown, 10450 George Town, Penang

Contact: +604-650 5215

Opening Hours:
Thursday & Friday 10am–1pm, 2–4pm;
Saturday 12–4pm, 5–8pm;
Sunday 10am–1pm, 2–4pm
(Monday to Wednesday Closed)

Entrance Fee: Free

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Getting To Penang Museum

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Conclusion

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 can offer a closer look at the culture and history that surrounds Penang! Use this list to decide which ones you want to visit!

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