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Penang House of Music    

  L4-02, Level 4, Komtar, Jln Penang, George Town, 10000, George Town, Pulau Pinang | Visit Website |   04-370 6675
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4.7   (189)


Museum that tells the stories & sings the sounds of Penang: with a curation of Penang's popular music heritage with faithful depictions of the era.

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What to Expect?

Often described as a melting pot of cultures, this gallery showcases the huge diversity of the communities present within the area. Listen to a variety of music such as Chinese opera, different Indian musical forms, bangsawan, and boria, as you read about the story of Penang's music on the lovely murals on the walls. Stop by the Resource Centre and check out the massive collection inside, with fascinating books, cool videos, awesome souvenirs, and more. Don't forget to visit the multi-purpose Black Box, a space where a variety of exciting events are held, including live music, temporary exhibitions, and creative workshops.

Be sure to enter the radio room and the cinema room to learn the role of radios and cinemas in the music industry in the past. Here, you will have a glimpse of how people enjoy music back in the days. Don't forget to enjoy this musical exploration with your loved ones.


- Discover Penang's rich and diverse cultural and musical traditions at Penang House of Music

- Enhance and expand your musical understanding with amazing interactive displays and listening posts

- Explore the history of Georgetown, Penang's capital city, prior to its listing as a UNESCO World Heritage Site

- Drop by the Resource Center, a focal point for musicians, students, and others interested in Penang’s history

- Stop by the multi-purpose Black Box, where you can hear live music and watch exciting exhibitions
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 Address:   L4-02, Level 4, Komtar, Jln Penang, George Town, 10000, George Town, Pulau Pinang

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04-370 6675

Wednesday, Friday, Saturday 11:30 AM - 5:00 PM
  Reviews 4.7   (189)
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    Eric Thin

    in the last week

    Allocating an hour+ of your time is definitely a worthwhile experience. The people staffing the place are certainly very enthusiastic and want you to be immersed in the history of Music in Penang. I would highly recommend anyone that has a passing interest in history, music, dance or just Penang in general to explore this place.

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    Cindy Joon

    a month ago

    Wonderful experience for my girls (8 n 12) n myself. Very informative, absolutely engaging n interactive too. Good variety of instruments and wide arrays of music.
    Old school with a modern twist to everything.
    The vibe is positive n alive!!
    Thank you Paul, Elaine and Kevin.
    Appreciate your every single effort in keeping this place pumping n going!

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    Anna Tham

    2 months ago

    Locating the place takes a bit of conscious effort if you're unfamiliar with the maze of shops and small overhead directional signs inside Komtar. This place is quite a treasure trove documenting the history of music in Penang, and houses some good musical memorabilia. You're taken on a guided tour and are allowed to stay on as long as you wish to browse further. You're allowed to handle some of the musical instruments and displays. I wish it could be more well-funded (government-funded now) to allow for better exposure and opportunities to promote Penang and Malaysian music history and development. Elaine the guide and Paul the curator are friendly and obviously passionate about what they're doing here. This was the highlight of my recent visit to Penang although I'm Malaysian and had lived in the island before and visited it many times. ??? Penang House of Music! To learn more you can buy the book written by Paul that comes with a CD filled with lovely music. Truly an educational, insightful and worthwhile visit.

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    Arjun Sehgal

    3 months ago

    Definately one of the top places to visit in Penang. A treasure trove of memorabilia showcasing the evolution of the music scene in Penang. Vast collection of instruments and sound clips. Elaine who is one of the guises at the museum gave us a guided tour. I was very impressed by her passion for music. The owner mike who is a musician spoke to is and gave us insights into the hey days of the penang music scene from the 40’s to the 70’s. One of the highlights was a virtual reality concert that was filmed back in the 40’s. Wish I could rate this place more than 5 stars.

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    Shanon Shah M Sidik

    6 months ago

    This is such a wonderful museum, a real labour of love. It basically tells the history of Penang through its music. It's interactive, informative, entertaining and has just so many layers of historical and cultural significance. We had the pleasure of being taken on a superb guided tour by Kevin Theseira and got to meet the awesome founder Paul Augustin, too. It's all painstakingly and rigorously researched and presented very engagingly. And the entire collection will give you an inspiring view of the sexy, super-diverse and organically multicultural history of Malaysia that is often obscured by the news headlines about the country's current political landscape. Be sure to check out the shop as well!

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