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Penang War Museum, Penang

(2.6/5 based on 130+ reviews on the web)
Famed as the site where the battle for Panang was lost to invading Japanese troops in 1941 during World War II, Penang War Museum sits in an old British fort built in the 1930s. The fort was originally built to protect the island against invasion from the sea, but it failed in 1941 when the Japanese attacked from inland. The fort then fell under Japanese control and was used as a prison base for torture and beheading. Today you can tour the barracks, cookhouses, and gun placements all equipped with signage. In 2002, a museum was erected in the old structure. It is filled with artifacts and features underground military tunnels and ammunition bunkers 9 m (30 ft) below ground. By using our Perai itinerary maker, you can arrange your visit to Penang War Museum and other attractions in Perai.
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  • Really disappointed by this museum, which is not really a museum as it doesn't give you any information about the life of the British in the fort nor what happened there during the Japanese occupation...  more »
  • I saw a lot of comments before to go but I was disappointed. You have to pay more than the locals and you don t have any guide. Otherwise, there is lot of newpapers articles but not really a lot of ex...  more »
  • A place to visit if you have a interest in war history,lots to see you need to allow lots of time to see many displays  more »
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  • Altough a little bit eerie. It's a nice piece of war history and a remainder of what war can cause. Remember to bring mosquito repellent. No need for sunblock, the area is covered by trees
  • Honest review here. I'm living a kilometer away from the museum. You get to see historical remains and monuments. It does have the touch and feel of the World War 2 era, and you might need some physical energy as you have to climb ladders and stairs. Some of you might feel claustrophobic in the tunnels(bunker). Prices are affordable, no outside food & beverages as usual. Cleanliness is slightly above average. Overall, it's a good experience, but things can be further improved. Based on my experience around the world, they can add more activities and exhibitions. This museum has potential to be one of the best museums in Southeast Asia.
  • An interesting place to visit, definitely worth to see even for 37RM. There are many hidden paths and 'secret' places to go if you can crawl inside of tunnels ;) Expect 1h30 to complete the visit if you're not rushing it.
  • The remains of a WWII era fort is there, but overall this museum has a very amateur feel to it. There are murals (e.g. one with a grim reaper) that has no historical or political meaning and adds little to the experience. It honestly looks like it belongs in an anime rather than a war museum. There are many exhibits along the suggested path that looks like it was something bought from a toy shop. Apart from the buildings, there are quite literally no remaining artefacts from the WWII era. Signs along the path are also lacklustre at best with names like "British Other Ranks 1" with no elaboration on what a particular building was used for at the time. It was interesting to examine the buildings the British constructed, and the buildings have indeed been well preserved, but overall it was quite a disappointing experience in an amateurly created museum.
  • If you want to know history of penang, this place is one of it