Penang House of Music

Penang House of Music, George Town: Hours, Address, Penang House of Music Reviews: 5/5

Penang House of Music
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11:30 AM - 2:00 PM, 2:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
2:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Friday
11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
2:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
2:30 PM - 5:00 PM
About
A celebration of Penang's glorious musical heritage and cultural diversity with carefully curated exhibitions and interactive features. We showcase, among many things, Penang's popular music from the 1940s-1960s, a feature on communal music, a recreation of a radio booth and cinema, and many others! Also available is a resource center where visitors may discover an ever-growing vinyl collection, newspaper clippings, previously unreleased recordings, audio and video interviews and many, many more.
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Karina Yong
7 contributions
Dec 2021
This place is wonderful! An interactive lesson in the richness of the past, history seen through the lens of music. We had 5 children with us, between the ages of 9-12 and they all agreed it was cool and interesting and were kept engaged for a good 2 hours. It was nice to speak to them after and listen to the things that especially captured their attention. The treasure hunt in the end was genius! Thank you Penang House of Music for a great initiative.
Written 20 December 2021
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Too Charmyn
Kulai, Malaysia4 contributions
Sep 2020
If you are a first timer here in Penang, and you LOVE music.. this place is a MUST VISIT! Not only that the staffs are friendly, but they are willing to let you interact with the instruments. It is a music museum, so you'll learn a lot about Penang's history and how Western music was able to influence music in Penang back in the 1950s.
Written 5 November 2020
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Thank you for visiting us! hope you will come back again soon Stay Safe
Written 24 November 2020
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Hsian
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia34 contributions
Oct 2020
This place is probably one of my favourite finds for this trip to Penang. We tried to go for places that were in the open air and less crowded due to the Covid situation that was escalating nationwide. I looked for things to do around our hotel, @hoteljenpenang that was pretty centrally located. So the @penanghouseofmusic came up on my radar. Lots of good reviews plus very child-friendly. Located on the 4th floor of the quiet KOMTAR Digital Mall, it was just a 5-minute walk from our hotel.

At the current time, visitors have to call ahead to book a visit and visits are limited to only 10 people each time (as they sanitise the place and items after you leave).

This museum was fascinating and fun for both adults and kids. You get a lot of value for money for the very reasonably priced ticket as it gives you an almost two hour personal tour of the place, and are allowed to walk around on your own afterwards. Our lovely guide Elaine gave us a great overview about the history of music in Malaysia and an overall tour that was not only educational but entertaining. I liked that the information was not oversimplified or dumbed down for children because as a person who also works on art programmes for children, I always believe they do have great capacity to absorb new things. My children were kept engaged on the tour as there were many interactive stations where they could try out different instruments (traditional and contemporary) and equipment (including an old record player and a DJ Console).

There was also really good incorporation of new technology that allowed us to listen to and experience old classic songs in a new way e.g. listening stations, VR live concert experience. The museum also plays a cultural preservation role as it is spearheading the digitalization of old music records. I highly recommend a visit to this place if you are a family who loves music like mine or simply one who would like to learn new things about Malaysia!
Written 10 October 2020
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Thank you for taking the time to spend your day with us. We are glad that your children enjoyed themselves and also gained an insight to our rich and beautiful History. Wishing you and the family all the best and stay safe. Thank you once again for sharing your experience at Penang House of Music
Written 24 November 2020
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Heidi S
Petaling Jaya, Malaysia2 contributions
Jul 2020
The Penang House of Music was set up to display the history of Malaysia's music scene. The people working here really knew their stuff. Firstly, we were taken through the gallery which was arranged in a time line moving from the 1930s to the present day. Each exhibit had photos and information on various different types of music like the Ronggeng, Bangsawan, Dondang Sayang and others. There’s even a music booth where you can listen to what these different songs were like. The gallery is also incredibly interactive; there is a VR room to see a performance in 3D, a radio room and even a cinema room.

The Penang House of Music is on Level 3 of Komtar in Georgetown. I know people usually visit Penang for the food and the beaches, but I would really recommend that you visit this special gallery. Give them the support they need to stay open and to continue their work in collecting and archiving all these amazing musical treasures (because, no one else is doing it). Check out their website, go visit them and tell all your friends as well.
Written 24 August 2020
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Thank you very much for articulating your experience at Penang House of Music. We are truly glad we managed to share and impart to you the importance of documenting history. We hope to see you again soon.
Written 24 November 2020
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Stephanie
1 contribution
Jul 2020
The tour. It's informative and fun, wouldn't have experienced it the same without tour guide. Elaine shared us a lot of stories where we wouldn't find it anywhere on the Internet about local music and the history/development of Penang music.
Written 2 August 2020
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Thank you very much for your review. Our Front of house staff are always happy to guide you on the current and past developments of the local Music. We wish you well and stay safe
Written 24 November 2020
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LainAA1989
Jandakot, Australia19 contributions
Mar 2020 • Solo
Such a cool place. Very interesting to be able to learn about the history of music in Penang and to see all the cool stuff they have here including old radios and record players. Also love the integration of technology into the museum for activities. I had a good time listening to some music and playing some of the instruments. Joyce was an excellent guide and made it really fun! Highly recommend! :)
Written 10 March 2020
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PenangHouseofMusic
Thank you for spending time us and engaging with our rich and diverse cultural heritage that our beautiful island of Penang has to offer. Our FOH staff area always ready to take you on a tailor made experience down Memory Lane. We wish you safe travels and hope to see you again soon
Written 26 June 2020
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Merida
1 contribution
Sep 2019 • Solo
I came to Penang House of Music by accident but i had the most memorable time here. The local tour guide was very nice and gave me a lot of information about Penang.
Written 26 February 2020
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PenangHouseofMusic
Thank you for your kind words. We hope you visit us again soon. But not by accident
Written 26 June 2020
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Aidel
2 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
Greeted by a friendly receptionist. Every exhibit was well-explained by our tour guide called Elaine. We got to go through the evolution of music in Penang in mere details and also learned some important names of historical figures who contributed in the local arts industry. Discovered some old songs that are not well-known nowadays but were totally priceless gems. Also we got to try some of the musical instruments by ourselves after the tour briefings were finished, so we had the time to ourselves afterwards. There were rare vinyl records and books that we could take our own sweet time to read. Overall it was a pleasant experience, and we’d surely go and visit it again, in the future. A high-recommended place. We hope the museum would last since it’s truly the place where you go to find out the real local music development of the nation.
Written 25 January 2020
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PenangHouseofMusic
Thank you for your kinds words we hope to see you again soon
Written 26 June 2020
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Awaii
2 contributions
Jan 2020
Lots of historical narration of the yesteryears' music scene and interactive displays for real-life experience from the past.

a fun place for all.
Written 19 January 2020
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PenangHouseofMusic
Thank you for taking the time to spend with us. We wish you safe travels and hope to see you again soon
Written 26 June 2020
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Wei K
Penang Island, Malaysia7 contributions
I go with my Russian friends to this House of Music in Penang. The staffs is so nice especially Joyce(not sure spell correct or not) who introduced each section in the museum for us. And u can try all the music instruments. Good place to chill and flash back old memory. Recommended
Written 19 January 2020
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PenangHouseofMusic
Thank you very much for visiting with your friends from Russia. Our FOH staff are always ready to take you on a tailor made trip down memory lane about the rich and diverse cultural heritage of our beautiful island of Penang.
Written 26 June 2020
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Frequently Asked Questions about Penang House of Music

Penang House of Music is open:
  • Wed - Wed 11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
  • Wed - Wed 2:30 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Fri - Sat 11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
  • Fri - Sat 2:30 PM - 5:00 PM
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Penang House of Music admission prices can vary. Entrance tickets currently cost RM 30.03, while a popular guided tour starts around RM 42.37 per person. See all 6 Penang House of Music tickets and tours on Tripadvisor

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