Museums of Penang

Crazy, whacky, interactive, fun!!!

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Penang and its amazing interactive museums! 🙂

 

Penang has some really funky, cute and unique museums that break the notion of ‘boring’ attached to museums. While some boast of specialized collections, others are merely meant for clicking crazy pictures. I have visited 6 of them so far – here are my First 3!!!  

 

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An engaging corner at the Gold Museum

 

1. PG Gold Museum: 

This rather new museum is in a heritage building at Lebuh Bishop. Set up by Public Gold in May 2015, it is the first one in the country that talks of gold with exhibits from all over the world. It offers guided and group tours with interactive sessions.

 

 

What’s in it:

  • Gold and silver collections
  • Gold history of Malaysia along walls
  • Two storeys of ‘gold’en experiences
  • Amazing theme like a gold mine, with wet-flooring effect
  • 3D murals of mining and gold miner’s hats for clicking 3D photos
  • Display of gold-bar shaped paper weights, key chains and other souvenirs for sale

 

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Tools for GOLD !!!

 

Activities:

 

(a) Make a wish: On the way up, you will find 2 huge treasure boxes for making a wish and tossing coins into a pot placed in one of the boxes. They say if your coin falls into the pot, your wish comes true. Trust me, that’s rather difficult to aim!

 

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People clearly haven’t aimed too well 😉

 

(b) Panning gold: Try your hands at panning gold from the sandy pool of water. Pick the vessel, stir and shake it, remove the stones and search for gold!!!! If you find a piece, it’s yours. 1 piece = 9 carats approx (you weren’t expecting more, were you?). The experience is thrilling!

 

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This is where panning takes place!

 

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We found gold!!! Our souvenirs!

 

(c) Live pouring demonstration: Let’s make gold! A live demo of how silver and gold is made, is given at the end of the tour. This is by far the best and most engaging feature as they actually run through the entire process using molten silver in graphite and ceramic cups.

 

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Top: Difference in the weights of silver bars before and after pouring silver Bottom [L]: Ceramic cup to store sprints of left over silver. Bottom [R]: Silver bar

 

Address: 95, Lebuh Bishop, 10200 Penang, Malaysia

Timings: 09:00 – 18:00 daily

Look for: Special offers and promotions, group tours

Tickets:

Adults – RM 50

Children (7-12 years), senior citizens – RM 25

Children below 7 years – free

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2. Chocolate and Coffee Museum:

The Chocolate and Coffee Museum, earlier known as the Chocolate Boutique is meant for all chocolate lovers! Taste all the chocolate you want: white, dark, milk or chilli chocolate or those with dried fruits, nuts, sesame, tiramisu. The moment you step into the premises, you’ll be greeted with a sticker stamped right on your shirt, with you being directed inside the museum before you even know it 😉

 

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What’s in it:

  • Rooms with chocolate
  • History of coffee making
  • History of chocolate making
  • No guided tour – just drool!
  • Benefits of chocolate revealed!
  • Facts and figures on cocoa production
  • Chocolates of all sorts on display and sale
  • Liquid chocolate roller mould/conching machine
  • Coffee beans, sacks, creamer, powder and grinder on display
  • A flat screen streaming the process of chocolate and coffee making

 

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Address: 22 Leith Street, 10200 George Town, Penang, Malaysia

Landmark: Near the Blue Mansion of Cheong Fatt Tze

Timings: 09:00 – 19:00 daily

Entry: free

 

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Penang and its amazing interactive museums! 🙂
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Chocolate and coffee samples

 

3. Camera Museum:

First opened in 2013, this 2-storeyed museum is a store-house of cameras from different time periods. The collection has been curated by keen youngsters and camera enthusiasts and that’s what makes it so special.

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Penang and its amazing interactive museums! 🙂

 

Displays:

  • Photography posters
  • Photo frames along walls
  • Evolution of photography with time
  • T-shirts and quirky souvenirs with camera prints and quotes
  • Camera art incorporated in the wall leading to the first floor
  • Cameras ranging from vintage and spy cameras to those used in World War II

 

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Everything here is camera-themed!

 

 

Highlights: Camera obscura, dark room, pinhole room

Must try: The yummy, chunky layered cakes at their cafe (esp. their colourful Rainbow Cake)

Address: 49 Muntri Street, 10200, George Town, Penang, Malaysia

 

Entry:

Ground floor (patisserie, souvenir shop, photo frames) – free

First floor – RM 20 (adults), RM 10 (senior citizens, children)

 

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Penang and its amazing interactive museums! 🙂

 

Favourite pics and picks:

  • Camera Museum: Munching at the patisserie
  • Chocolate Museum: Sampling chocolates at the boutique
  • Gold Museum: Clicking and posing at the 3D murals
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Gold miners at work?! 😉

 

This blog post first appeared on Lyf&Spice.

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9 thoughts on “Museums of Penang

  1. It is a very erudite information work done by you. I feel that it will be very difficult to come out of museums and go back to your normal work.

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  2. Really fun.At the Kuala Lumpur MATIC(MalaysiaTourism Information Centre) Chocolates are being made live and there are special offers too.

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