Penang War Museum
Penang War Museum
3.5
Military MuseumsHistoric Sites
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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A private museum complex, built by the British as a hill fort in the 1930's used by the Japanese as a POW camp and killing place.
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  • Berry S
    19 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must visit for people interested in military history
    For folk, like me, with an interest in military history, this is a must visit. The fact that the Brits built it in 1930 - obviously at vast expense, with careful planning - is more important than the displays. The fact that there was a battle for it is a bonus. The exhibits are a bit tired & the way finding a little difficult but highly recommended nevertheless.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 20, 2023
  • WO YU LE LUTHER M
    2 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Recommend if you are on a short trip
    I went with my friends for a mini school trip, the overall view was nice. I also learned a lot of history. Overall museum was kind of short, took us 45minutes - 1hour to walk the whole museum.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written December 13, 2023
  • joan_uran
    222 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Exhibits left in their rather raw state to remind of a dark long-past era
    You can either gawk at the rather dilapidated, worn and tired looking exhibits such as rusted rifles, faded and peeling posters, or feel a tinge of sadness and grief as these remind you of the passage of time that perhaps failed to wash the pain of those who experienced the horrors of war. Urban legend has it that this place is haunted. That we're not sure. It was bright daylight when we were there, with a bunch of locals and school children there who are perhaps on a school excursion. We didn't dare to walk into tunnels or climb up ladders haha since the aura of the place does seem abit lingeringly haunting. It would have been better if there is a guided tour but we did not take the option. There is one old barrack showing the mock-up of a comfort house which if you look into the window, has a woman mannequin whose face is hidden by its long hair. I warned my husband that there is such a dummy in there before he looks in and scare the daylights of himself haha. A less popular place with tourists but you would see more locals.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 18, 2023
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Jamie J
18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019 • Couples
They told us this museum is one of the most haunted place in Asia. For the first entrance i just feel its like a normal museum, but when u go further it change how u feel, its not like to scary bcoz its day, but kind of like sorrowful, sad, scare a little bit bcoz of the photos... Real photos and what happens. We should glad we r not born in that time. Its remind us how grateful i am, how independence make your life much better
Written January 20, 2020
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WO YU LE LUTHER M
2 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Friends
I went with my friends for a mini school trip, the overall view was nice. I also learned a lot of history. Overall museum was kind of short, took us 45minutes - 1hour to walk the whole museum.
Written December 13, 2023
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Berry S
19 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Couples
For folk, like me, with an interest in military history, this is a must visit. The fact that the Brits built it in 1930 - obviously at vast expense, with careful planning - is more important than the displays. The fact that there was a battle for it is a bonus.
The exhibits are a bit tired & the way finding a little difficult but highly recommended nevertheless.
Written September 20, 2023
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Suratrichard
Surat Thani, Thailand2,379 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
Average to very good is quite a large jump! This attraction is better than average but probably not quite very good…I would rate it good. However, it’s certainly worth visiting and shows the dark days in World War 2 when it became a prisoner of war camp controlled by the Japanese invaders of Penang Island. Some areas did seem rather neglected but overall, it was informative.
There are many steps so anyone with mobility problems would experience difficulty in seeing the whole area. The other big problem was the mosquitos so if visiting, make sure you take mosquito repellent with you.
It’s not the cheapest attraction in Penang…it cost 76MYR for 2persons. If you go by car, you have to pay extra. If you’ve no car, the bast way is by taxi.
There are many interesting artifacts on display along with some quite gruesome areas…the gallows and execution, by beheading area…maybe not for the faint hearted!
It doesn’t take all that long to wander around…probably about an hour and a half allowing for photo opportunities etc.
Worth visiting but don’t forget the mosquito repellents!
Written April 6, 2023
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joan_uran
Singapore222 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
You can either gawk at the rather dilapidated, worn and tired looking exhibits such as rusted rifles, faded and peeling posters, or feel a tinge of sadness and grief as these remind you of the passage of time that perhaps failed to wash the pain of those who experienced the horrors of war. Urban legend has it that this place is haunted. That we're not sure. It was bright daylight when we were there, with a bunch of locals and school children there who are perhaps on a school excursion. We didn't dare to walk into tunnels or climb up ladders haha since the aura of the place does seem abit lingeringly haunting. It would have been better if there is a guided tour but we did not take the option. There is one old barrack showing the mock-up of a comfort house which if you look into the window, has a woman mannequin whose face is hidden by its long hair. I warned my husband that there is such a dummy in there before he looks in and scare the daylights of himself haha. A less popular place with tourists but you would see more locals.
Written December 18, 2023
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Barry R
Dordogne, France17 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
We found it very interesting. The map they give you at the entrance is rather basic, and the red arrows painted on the ground not always easy to follow but on the whole it's pretty well done. I think we were the only people visiting that morning and we stayed around two hours.
Written February 21, 2020
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Shane
Perth, Australia280 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
Had a great visit here. Spent about 2 hours there. If you have an interest in military matters worth a look. It is interesting in that all the gun emplacement and barracks and office areas are still there. Gave a good understanding of how the place worked. Was a bit hard to get a Grab there but relatively easy to get one back. Watch out for mosquitoes. Worth taking repellant.
Written February 23, 2023
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peter
Nelson, New Zealand196 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Couples
Worth a visit especially if you like history. Had about 2 hours to wander around look at the exhibits and read the information. An interesting part of British and Malaysian history even though it is not that pleasant. Reports its haunted, I didn't feel anything unusual so don't let that put you off visiting. Bring mosquitoe repellent cause you are in the bush.
Written August 13, 2022
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TonyB_au
Oakleigh, Australia302 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
I enjoyed my hour walking around here. It's well laid out, well signposted and it has lots of things to see. It's well preserved.

It's not easy to walk around (lots of steps and hills) so be prepared for a walk.

Be aware that it's difficult to get a taxi/grab on your way out so you may have to walk down that great big hill.

Written February 28, 2020
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MVGMalaysia
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia24 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2012 • Couples
The War Museum is all that remains of the former Batu Maung Naval Gun Emplacement Complex protecting the South Channel of the Penang Channel. The complex was completed in 1939 and abandoned in 1941 without a shot ever being fired. The museum operators are using it more a paintball wargames arena than as a museum and a lot of historically incorrect information and exhibits not in keeping with the historical timeline have been put on display. The operators claim the "fort" was the scene of battles, used as a POW camp and the site of decapitations! Nothing is further from the truth! The complex was abandoned when the British forces decided to abandon Penang Island on 16 December 1941 without a fight. They blew up the 6 naval guns and munition stores and demolished as much of the complex as they could to deny the invading Japanese the use of the site. The garrison of 185 men were from an artillery company and consisted of British and Indian artillery men. No Malay or Eurasian troops were ever based there, despite photos allegedly showing otherwise. The photos of a Volunteer soldier named James Tait are on display. I knew Tait when he was alive and he said he never set foot in this complex during the war! The tour guides are telling a lot of made up stories to visitors.
Written October 19, 2012
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