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Penang War Museum

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Address: Lot 1350 Mukim 12 | Merah Barat Daya, 11960 , Malaysia
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+60 16-421 3606

A private museum complex, built by the British as a hill fort in the 1930's...

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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Down to the barracks :)

For those who have been to Fort Siloso in Singapore, this place "for sure" will be a let-down with no realistic-looking 3-D wax figures & audio sounds as at Fort Siloso for the... read more

Reviewed 13 March 2017
Myo M
Coquitlam, Canada
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Singapore, Singapore
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43 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Its a learning journey for my two children (teens) especially to be able to see the preserved structure of the barrack, firing bay, bunkers and etc. Be ready to be attacked by the mozzie (armed yourself before visiting the site) My goose pimples starts running upon passing the "used to be medical facility" in the museum. I can feel that... More 

Thank Patricia050875
Penang Island, Malaysia
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4 reviews
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Very disappointing as there was very little to see. All the interesting bits have been removed just leaving a few concrete structures. Not worth the entrance fee.

Thank Bill R
Alor Setar, Malaysia
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34 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Staff are not friendly. Costly place to visit. You have to pay for bullet use for shooting, you had to pay for museum entry separately and they always restricts you walk around. on top of that they also hurry you to finish the games and leave the place. The worse things is there is no safety equipment like helmet, goggles,... More 

Thank Loh C
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

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. The place itself is great, it's nice to walk around the fort and inside the tunnels, but 37MYR per person is way too much for... More 

Thank François M
Annecy, Rhône-Alpes, France
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12 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

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 explainations about the place by itself. It was interesting but I was thinking they can more arranged the place... More 

Thank Myriam B
Melbourne, Australia
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12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

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

Thank Piggybackfarm
Coquitlam, Canada
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412 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 280 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 March 2017

For those who have been to Fort Siloso in Singapore, this place "for sure" will be a let-down with no realistic-looking 3-D wax figures & audio sounds as at Fort Siloso for the "feeling of reliving" which I'm sure is what this place "hopes" for its visitors (judging from its plenty of 'Back to Malaya WW II' signs). But in... More 

Thank Myo M
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128 reviews
37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 February 2017 via mobile

This place could be so much better than a collection of gun emplacements and old accommodation. It has clearly lost its way when it has to be used as a paint balling park to obtain more revenue. What would have made it better would have been more information. We paid an exorbitant 36MYR each and then listened to a gabbled... More 

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17 reviews
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Reviewed 15 February 2017 via mobile

If you love historical place, then this is a must visit. FACT. This museum is the biggest British war fort outside of United Kingdom. You will be able to see the fort used to defend the island and how the prisoners of wars are treated. Also there are few barracks for soldiers. Overall, it is amazing! It is located near... More 

Thank mojamoja12
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 February 2017

This is an independently owned museum which I found so interesting and truly felt that i had gone back in time to when it was originally constructed. Some of the photos are very graphic and heart breaking to know what the people of Penang had to endure during the Japanese occupation of WW11.

Thank Fiona B

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