Friday, May 9, 2014

Visit Malaysia Year 2014 - Made In Penang Interactive Museum, Penang

To support Visit Malaysia Year 2014, I will be writing on various tourist attractions in the country. Let us work together to bring in tourists to our lovely Malaysia.


A version of the article first appeared in Virtual Malaysia. Click here to read it there.

Made In Penang Interactive Museum
The peoples of Penang are proud of their heritages as evidently seen when you are in Made In Penang Interactive Museum. This homegrown three-dimensional art museum, housed in the historical monument of Behn Meyer building in Weld Quay, is the latest attraction that showcases the rich histories of this Island of the Orient Pearl. However, there is more to this museum than just a trick arts exhibition.

The Great Wall of Penang

Indian coolies

You will be greeted with a realistic protrayal of Weld Quay of the olden days at the entrance of the building. Known as the Great Wall of Penang, the whole stretch of wall was used to depict the liveliness of the port 120 years ago, with Indian coolies carrying sacks while Chinese trishaw riders waiting for customers nearby. Old Chinese shop houses were painted beautifully on the opposite wall. What a welcome to the museum.

Ticket counter

There are four sections in the museum. The first section, Miniature Local Trades showcases the many facets of the lives of Penang while the second exhibition, Miniature Weld Quay, is the miniature version of the famous port. Both of these displays are on the ground floor.

Barber shop

Nasi lemak stall

Weld Quay

The tour continues upstair and this is where the Trick Arts Gallery lies. It seems that everyone begins to shed their inhibitions here and let loose their inner silliness. All the 3D paintings are about Penang and its peoples. Some examples of the drawings here are a beautifully painted Peranakan room, a portrait of char koay teow, shaking hands with Dr. Sun Yat Sen, and so on. All of the paintings are realistically drawn, yet giving off an illusion of the drawings popping out.

Some of the trick arts in the museum

There are interactive kiosks in second floor which offer multimedia experience. Two of these kiosks require you to place your entrance tickets near the sensor for digital images of scenery in Penang to appear in the screen. Another two kiosks require you to stand close to the sensor and digital opera masks will appear before your faces.

Ferry ride to Penang

Colourful opera masks

The last part is the interactive theatre which is on the ground floor. A video about Penang and its cultures are being shown for the public before you exit the museum. It is not the usual informative video but rather an animated one. You must not miss it. Overall, this is definitely worthy of the entrance price. I would love to visit it again.

Before you leave, remember to have a cup of kopi with the Chief Minister

Info Box

Made in Penang Interactive Museum,
3, Pengkalan Weld, 10300 Georgetown, Penang.
Open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Ticket prices are RM 15 for adults with MyKad (RM 30 without one) and RM 10 for students and children with MyKad (RM15 without one).
For more information, you can call 04-2626119 or visit their Facebook page.

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