Do you like museum? I certainly do. And I found that majority of people do no matter what age and how urban they may seem. I’d like to think of Museum like the eyes to the soul. Through museum you get the essence of the place. Below is a sum of what I voted must visit museum in Penang in order of must-go to nah…I’d-rather-spend-my-time-and-money-elsewhere.
1. Peranakan Museum
One of the must visit Museum in Georgetown to take a sneak peek at Baba and Nyonya life in Penang. Peranakan means Chinese immigrants that settled in Malaysia and adopt a culture that is a mix of Chinese and Malay. Here you can see relics of their way of life. The Museum preserve the house ‘as it is’ as much as possible to showcase their way of life. This Museum won tripadvisor travellers choice 2014.
Admission Fee: RM20 per person.
Monday – Saturday 09:30 – 17:00
Address: 29 Lebuh Gereja, Georgetown
Phone: +604 264 2929
2. Cheong Fat Tze Mansion
This used to be a home for Rockefeller of the East or the richest man in ASIA, Mr Cheong Fat Tze. Boasting 38 rooms and amazing architecture and history, this building has received several international recognition that includes Most Excellent Project UNESCO Asia Pacific Heritage Awards 2000 and trip advisor traveller’s choice 2012.
Address: 14, Lebuh Leith, 10200 Georgetown, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia.
Phone: +60 4-262 0006
TIPS: If you’d like to visit this site note that they only allow visitor during guided tours hours three times a day at designated time which is: 11am/2pm/ 3.30pm Outside these time you are not allowed entry.
Admission fee: RM 16.00.
FYI: You won’t get to see the whole of the mansion as all the rooms have been converted to hotel rooms and main hall converted to a Restaurant.
3. Camera Museum
Camera enthusiast, rejoice. Camera museum is a rather a unique, colourful and funky museum showcasing the very first type of camera to the present type. I get to see cameras that I’ve never seen in my life before including a machine gun look-alike camera. This is the first camera museum in South East Asia that also awarded 2015 Trip Advisor travellers choice.
Quotes you can find all over this Museum:
‘when you photograph people in colour you photographs their clothes. But when you photograph people in B&W you photograph their souls!’
‘Life is like a camera. Just focus on what’s important. Capture the good than develop from the negative and of things don’t tun out – just take another shot’
‘What is a photograph? A picture painted by the sun and the camera is the brush.’
Admission Fee: 20 RM
Address: 49 lebuh Muntri, Georgetown, 10200 Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
Tel: +60 4-261 3649
Opening Hours: Mon-Sun 9.30AM – 6.30PM
4. Penang Time Tunnel and 3D Interactive Museum
Over posing and the occasional selfie is not vain in 3D Interactive Museum, in fact it is encouraged. Bring your kids here and take as many family photographs you will laugh at looking back.
39, Jalan Green Hall, George Town, 10200 Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
Adult: 27RM (Tourist) 16 RM (Malaysian)
Children 5-12 Years Old:16 RM (Tourist) 8 RM (Malaysian)
Student: 16 RM (Tourist) 11 RM (Malaysian)
Phone: +60 4-261 9181
Tue-Fri: 9:15 am – 7:00 pm
Mon: 9:15 am – 7:30 pm
Sat-Sun: 9:15 am – 8:00 pm
5. Khoo Kongsi Clan House
Khoo Kongsi a clan House with outstanding architecture– in my personal opinion, this can be skip.. If you have no time, really not much to see unless you really love museum and carvings. Not bad as a whole, entry fee is RM10. It is basically a house turned museum but also like a memorial/ ancestor worshipping place for the clan. It has highly detailed and magnificent artworks and carving around the house. Don’t miss the basement while you are here as it has been turned to an informative exhibition hall.
Admission Fee: RM10
Address: 18 Cannon Square, 10450 Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
Phone: +60 4-261 4609
Opening Hours: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
6. Sun Yat Sen House
This is not Sun Yat Sen House per se. But is a house owned by Sun Yat Sen supporter’s son who were willing to let his house be the meeting/ conference point for Sun Yat Sen campaign. Sun Yat Sen is the one figure that changes China to what it is now and fought for human rights and equity over communism. He is known as the father of China. He is actually a doctor but he feels drawn to politics to fight for his believe and human rights. I found his courage, selfless acts, ideals and determination beyond admirable. Cheong Fat Tze, the richest man in Asia is his secret supporter. Sun Yat Sen uses this house as meeting point to avoid mingling with the wrong ‘friend’ at the common business conference centre. The house is complete with an escape plan. The house is still owned by offspring of Sun Yat Sen’s supporter and is now become a headquater to history researchers.
The house is tiny but you get to learn a lot of history. You will be welcomed by a young enthusiastic volunteer girl and a very kind and knowledgeable gentlemen who are more than happy to give you history lesson and answer any questions. Best of all you get to enjoy Chinese tea and refreshment while listening to a fascinating piece of Penang history.
Admission Fee: Children RM3, Adult RM5
Address: 120 Armenian Street, George Town World Heritage Site, 10200
Phone: +604 262 0123 / 261 0307
Opening Hours: 9.30am-5.30pm
7. Red Penang Culture House
This could easily be missed as a museum. From the shop front it is a shop selling kitsch and quirky souvenirs. Upstairs it is a museum of what use to be a home to early Penang settler and it is preserved that way. I found this place fascinating and the many cute items for sell downstairs are irresistible. Best of all, free entry!
Address: Lebuh Armenian, George Town, 10200 Pulau Pinang, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
Phone: +60 12-428 0424
Is there any museum that I missed? I’d love to hear it!
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