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Penang War Museum Tours

Penang War Museum
Built by the British as a fortress in the 1930s, before then being used by the Japanese as a POW camp, the Penang War Museum is now open to the general public, serving as a memorial to its darker days.

The museum is strategically located on the hills above the fishing village of Batu Maung, on the road to Teluk Kumbar on Penang’s southern coast. Sprawled across some 20 acres of land, it’s billed as being the largest war museum in Southeast Asia. The fort was originally constructed in a bid to protect the island from foreign invasion, and today a walk around the site invokes a sense of what once was.

Visitors can take a sombre walk among various displays and historical items, and even venture into the old underground tunnels and ammunition bunkers, which are located nine meters underground. It’s also possible to explore the barracks, cookhouses, and gun emplacements, with plenty of signposts to guide the way.

A trip to the Penang War Museum can be combined with visiting Penang Island’s other major highlights, including the Snake Temple and Penang Bridge.

Practical Info

Because of the location of the Penang War Museum, the easiest way to reach it is to join an organized tour, use your own transport, or take a taxi.

Did You Know? Some of the museum’s underground tunnels lead all the way to the sea, as they once served as access routes to submarines. Be aware that some parts of the tunnels require visitors to crawl through some very narrow, confined sections.
Address: Lot 1350 Mukim 12, Batu Maung, Penang, Malaysia 11960, Malaysia
Hours: 9am-6pm
Admission: Adult: RM30 / Child: RM15
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Penang War Museum with Lunch

Penang War Museum with Lunch

Penang War Museum (the largest war museum in Southeast Asia) situated at Bukit Batu Maung was erected on the original defense complex built by British before World War II in 1930's by the British to protect the island from enemies. The war Museum is about education, relic admiration and experiencing events of war. This war museum is a dedication to those who have served and died, defending the country.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$82.83
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$82.83
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Penang War Museum and Colonial Museum

Penang War Museum and Colonial Museum

There’s no need to worry about piecing together buses on this convenient private half-day tour of two of Penang’s most fascinating historical museums. Your driver/guide collects you direct from your door, and takes you to the Penang War Museum, a 1930s fort with a dark and brutal past, and the Colonial Penang Museum, focused on the gorgeous lives of British colonists and wealthy merchants.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$61.54
Price varies by group size
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$61.54
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Penang Pearl of the Orient in 5D4N

Penang Pearl of the Orient in 5D4N

With so many historic and natural attractions to explore, many visitors to Penang find that multiple days are needed to see all of the island’s sights. This five-day tour takes travelers all over the island with an expert guide. Accommodation and transport are all sorted, making this is the perfect tour for anyone seeking an extensive overview of Penang without the hassle.
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  • 5 days
  • Taking safety measures
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$710.80
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$710.80
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Penang Island Tour Including Snake Temple

Penang Island Tour Including Snake Temple

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Discover the island known as the ‘Pearl of the Orient’ on this private 4-hour tour of Penang, including hotel pick-up. Enjoy the undivided attention of a private guide as you drive the Oceanside Batu Ferringghi Road, view landmarks like Penang Bridge and uncover the island’s military history at the Penang War Museum. Get a taste of local culture as you watch local craftsmen at work in a batik factory, then brave a trip to the striking Snake Temple, where live vipers guard the altars.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$41.03
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$41.03

Penang Experience Pass (Special Deal)

Penang Experience Pass (Special Deal)

Visit more than 20 attractions in Penang with the convenience of one all-inclusive pass that facilitates your sightseeing in Malaysia. Your pass is valid for the hop-on hop-off bus, which allows you to conduct a self-guided tour of the city. You also get admission to a variety of places such as the Penang War Museum, The TOP Penang, and The Habitat Penang Hill.
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  • 1 to 3 days
  • Taking safety measures
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$49.80
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Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What are Penang War Museum hours of operation?
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Penang War Museum hours of operation: 9am-6pm. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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