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!
See wonderful architecture, optical illusion galleries, learn about local ghost stories or pick up a new skill!
Make it a memorable day out with the family by visiting any of these Penang interactive museums!
21 Fun Penang Interactive Museum
- Penang 3D Trick Art Museum
- Ghost Museum Penang
- Dark Mansion – 3D Glow-In-The Dark Museum
- Glass Museum Penang
- War Museum Penang
- Upside Down Museum
- Penang Tunnel Museum
- Wonderfood Museum Penang
- Teddyville Museum Penang
- Colonial Penang Museum
- Penang State Museum And Art Gallery
- Batik Painting Museum Penang
- Penang Peranakan Mansion
- Pg Gold Museum
- Sun Yat Sen Penang Base
- Asia Camera Museum
- Penang House Of Music
- Teochew Puppet & Opera House
- Asia Comic Cultural Museum
- Tech Dome Penang
- Penang Indian Heritage Museum
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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 souvenir!
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.
Reliable historical information is lacking as the focus is on the scare factor – they even have night tours!
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!
On a busy day, it can feel like you’re being herded into the next room like sheep!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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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!
Learn the history of teddy bears in general too!
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!
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!
11. Penang State Museum And Art Gallery
Renovation of the original building has been going on since 2017. With no indication of when it will be complete!
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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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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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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.
The wonderfully preserved house is home to a permanent exhibition on Sun Yat Sen’s influence in Penang while he was living here!
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!
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!
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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!
Visitors can play the instruments too!
An excellent 40-minute guided tour (included) highlights through stories and exhibits, how the diversity of races and certain events changed music in Penang!
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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!
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!
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!
See the evolution of comics including the process of making them!
There are original artworks on display too! An absolute must for comic enthusiasts!
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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!
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 to visit this museum too which is under the Penang Hindu Endowments Board (PHEB)!
Getting To Penang Museum
Book a private tour with RayTheTour 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 our flexible itineraries that start from morning and end in the evening!
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!