Penang War Museum

4.1 Currently Open [Closes at 06:00 pm]
  • Address: Jalan Batu Maung, 11960 Batu Maung, Pulau Penang, Malaysia, Penang Hill
  • Timings: 09:00 am - 06:00 pm Details
  • Phone: +60-46265142
  • Ticket Price: 30 MYR
  • Time Required: 01:00 Hrs
  • Tags: Military Museums, Island, Educational Site, War Memorial, Food And Drinks, Family And Kids, Hill, Tunnel
Tickets From $35.26

Located in the South East corner of Penang Island, the War Museum sits on 20 acres of hilltop land that was once the site of a British military fortress, built in the 1930's to protect the island from a possible Japanese invasion by sea.

During the Japanese occupation of Penang Island, the Japanese used this fortress as an army base and prison, where the torture and interrogation of prisoners was conducted.

After WWII, the fortress was abandoned and the jungle took over again. Some 30 years later the job of reclaiming the land started to take place and the War Museum was opened as both a memorial and educational centre.

Today, most of the buildings and underground tunnels built by the British Royal Engineers and a local labor force are still there for visitors to wander around, with a lot of old photographs and information signs about the artifacts and the way of life of the soldiers and prisoners that once lived here.

Worth observing are:

  • One of the Pill Box's built around the fortress.
  • The underground logistic offices, just one of the many underground offices and tunnels.
  • Army barracks where the Indian, Malay and British soldiers used to live.
  • One of the old bicycles that the Japanese army used to travel through Peninsular Malaysia, along with old photos of them riding them.

Nestled in the southeast corner of Penang Island, the place brims with tourists and historians everyday who come here to get some thorough insight about world history and its wars. Penang War Museum Tickets are very cheap. The museum also provides a certain concession in Penang War Museum Ticket Prices for children. You can also Book Tickets for Penang War Museum online and then later avail the Tickets for Penang War Museum on arrival. It is a far lot better idea to Buy Tickets for Penang War Museum earlier as later the crowd can get really rough. There might also be some Penang War Museum Ticket Cost for parking.

Penang War Museum Travel Tips

  • Do not photograph without permission.
  • Apply or at least carry your mosquito repellent creams on your visit.

Entrance Ticket Details For Penang War Museum

  • Ticket prices for a child is RM 15.

How to Reach Penang War Museum

  • Rapid Penang Bus Route No: U302 / U305 / U307.

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  • Penang War Museum Address: Jalan Batu Maung, 11960 Batu Maung, Pulau Penang, Malaysia, Penang Hill
  • Penang War Museum Contact Number: +60-46265142
  • Penang War Museum Timing: 09:00 am - 06:00 pm
  • Penang War Museum Price: 30 MYR
  • Best time to visit Penang War Museum(preferred time): 10:00 am - 04:00 pm
  • Time required to visit Penang War Museum: 01:00 Hrs
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  • 54.92% of people who visit Penang Hill include Penang War Museum in their plan

  • 30.98% of people start their Penang War Museum visit around 09 AM - 10 AM

  • People usually take around 1 Hr to see Penang War Museum

Thursday, Friday and Saturday

95% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Penang War Museum

People normally club together Super 8 Hotel and Penang Bird Park while planning their visit to Penang War Museum.

* The facts given above are based on traveler data on TripHobo and might vary from the actual figures

Penang War Museum Reviews & Ratings

  • Costs 38 ringitt to enter and is on top of a big hill which means it's difficult to walk up with public transport. Most of the site is former buildings and note it's hot, humid and full of insects which gives us a feel for what it used to be like. Reasonably close to airport and should take around an hour

  • The museum located at the south of the island up in the hill. Arrived by 6pm at this museum but already close. I thought the museum will open again by 8pm as stated at the board at the entrance gate for spooky tour but when called the owner, she said the museum not open at night time anymore. No more spooky tour. I think this is a private museum. Seems from outside it is well manage. Can see the real bunker used in the world war 2. Should visit this museum if you have the time. If not mistaken this war museum once listed as top 10 haunted place in Malaysia.

  • An interesting place to find out how the British army defended the fort at Penang. Visitors can experience the feeling of going into the fort, through small tunnel and the climbing of tunnel. It is a good experience, from here we can see some actual items including some real artifacts from 1930s such as the fence, broken glass, the barracks and etc. Visitors can view the barracks and bunkers design during the 1930s. The underground tunnel is interesting as it is the actual design with small tunnel where visitors need to hunch to enter and the climbing of a 9 metres tall vertical stairs. Check out the pictures I attached. Most of the barracks are in their original condition with some paint touch up. Visiting this place reminds me of my army training at Singapore, during my national service at Singapore, I was sent to old army camp with old building, the building design definitely look almost similar to those here in the war museum. You got to visit this place if you love the history of world war. The entrance fee is a little high though, RM22 for locals, RM20 for students and RM35 for foreigners (price is as of 1st April 2019). This place is not stroller friendly with lots of stairs.

  • Nothing but old concrete bunkers and some photos. Definitely not worth the 38 mr entrance fee. The lady was nice enough to tell us there was not anything but buildings after collecting our money

  • Best way to relive world war 2 era.. kudos to those who have maintained it... We spent about 2 3 hours there on our last day and headed to airport which is just 20 mins away.. Was an awesome experience.. Don't miss out

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  • Is this place suitable for kid age 8years?

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    • Being a museum dedicated to World War 2, the Penang War Museum does present a dark past through its artifacts. Nonetheless, it would be an educational tour for the kids. So yes, the Penang War Museum is suitable for kids to tour. 

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