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5 Unique Museums to Visit in Penang

Explore Penang Museums

Journey into the past through these unique museums to learn about Penang’s history, heritage, culture, and people. Since Penang became the home of a UNESCO World Heritage Site, various bizarre and interesting museums have been mushrooming around the city, especially in George Town. Each of these museums has its own identity and theme that is inspiring, educational, and fun. Visit all five of them to get a taste of Penang’s bygone eras. 

1. Asia Camera Museum

Address: 71 (First Floor), Lebuh Armenian, 10100 George Town, Penang
Phone Number: +6 04 251 9878 
Opening Hours: 10:00am to 6:00pm

Calling all lovers of photography! With more than 1,000 camera accessories, you’ll be amazed at the extensive collection of cameras this museum has to offer. You’ll have the opportunity to get your hands on antique cameras as well, and learn about how films were developed and how cameras were repaired in the olden days.  

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2. Batik Painting Museum Penang

Address: 19, Armenian Street, 10200 Penang
Phone Number: +6 04 262 4800
Opening Hours: 10:00am to 6:00pm

With about 70 pieces of batik art, Batik Painting Museum Penang showcases the historical story of how the art of batik began in the 1950s. The museum currently displays batik paintings by 25 popular artists, such as Chuah Thean Teng, Khalil Ibrahim, Tay Mo-Leong (Dato'), Fatimah Chik, Toya, Koay Soo Kau, Cheong Soo Pieng, and Seah Kim Joo.

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3. Glass Museum Penang

Address: 6 Burma Road, 10050 Penang
Phone Number:  +6 04 251 9880 
Opening Hours: 9:30am to 6:00pm (Mondays to Fridays), 9:30am to 5:00pm (Saturdays). Closed on Sundays and Public Holidays.

Admire fascinating glass sculptures, paintings, and decorative items at Glass Museum Penang, a museum that was established in 2002, and is operated by i-Box Design, a company specialising in decorative glasswork. Recognised in the Malaysia Book of Records for the longest piece of glasswork in Malaysia, it also carries souvenir items like fridge magnets, glass wall clocks, and paper weights.

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4. Made in Penang Interactive

Address: 3 Weld Quay, 10300 George Town, Penang
Phone Number:  +6 04 262 6119 
Opening Hours: 9:00am to 6:00pm (Mondays to Fridays), 9:00am to 8:00pm (Saturdays and Sundays).

Enjoy Penang’s history and culture in a fun way when you visit Made in Penang Interactive Museum. This two-storey interactive museum houses a diorama gallery and a 3D gallery, filled with mind-bending optical illusions that visitors can strike a pose with. Divided into five sections (Great Wall of Penang, Miniature Local Trades, Miniature Weld Quay, Trick Art Gallery and Interactive Theatre), it is definitely a fun place for people of all ages.

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5. Penang 3D Trick Art Museum

Address: 10 Penang Street, 10200 George Town, Penang
Phone Number:  +6 04 263 1628 
Opening Hours: 9:00am to 6:00pm (Mondays to Fridays), 9:00am to 8:00pm (Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays).

Located near Fort Cornwallis, Penang 3D Trick Art Museum features two-dimensional exhibitions that are brought to life by 3D paintings and drawings. The walls in this museum are painted with Penang’s icons, such as the Penang Ferry, Kampung Village, Clan Jetties, and more, challenging visitors to capture the most creative shot.

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