Home to colonial architecture and some of the best street food in Asia, Penang’s charm is undeniable. The small size of Georgetown—the UNESCO World Heritage Site that serves as the island’s diverse cultural center—makes it easy to explore in just one day. Here’s what you need to know.
Penang House of Music
KOMTAR, L4-02, Level 4, Penang, 10000
The Penang House of Music tells the story of the city’s music scene over the years, with a particular focus on the formative years of the 1940s to the 1960s. The informative and entertaining attraction is also a historical archive, with a large collection of recordings, programs, magazines, and other memorabilia related to Penang’s music scene. Most travelers visit independently, as the Penang House of Music is a special-interest museum rather than a part of Penang’s main tourist trail.
Things to Know Before You Go
The Penang House of Music is a must for music lovers and those interested in Malysian pop culture.
The gift shop sells a range of music-related souvenirs, including CDs and books.
The museum’s exhibit area is wheelchair-accessible, but the restrooms are not.
How to Get There
Located on Jalan Penang in the George Town area, the Penang House of Music is on the fourth floor of the 65-story Komtar building, the tallest structure in the city. Penang is best navigated on foot or by bus, and Rapid Penang buses stop at the Komtar building’s ground-floor bus terminal.
When to Get There
The Penang House of Music is open every day from late morning until evening and is rarely crowded. As its opening hours are longer than some other attractions, it’s is an ideal destination for a family evening out. Look for periodic, free “night at the gallery” evenings, where local artists come to perform.
Komtar Viewing Deck
In addition to the Penang House of Music, the Komtar building hosts a 58th-floor viewing deck that makes a great stop before or after visiting the museum. The views stretch across the city and to the straits, coin-operated telescopes allow viewers to zoom in on points of interest, and a shop sells souvenirs.
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