Housed in the historic Behn Meyer Building at Weld Quay, Made In Penang Interactive Museum is one of the latest attractions in Malaysia and gaining popularity among the locals as well as tourists from abroad.
As described by its name, the museum showcases three-dimensional art-work, murals, and craftsmanship of local artists. If you intend to make the most from your visit, do allow at least 1.5 hours to explore (depending on the crowd on weekends). The main galleries include the diorama gallery, a 3D interactive art gallery and interactive kiosks.
Stepping into the entrance of the museum is like traversing a time tunnel as visitors are welcomed by a large mural of Weld Quay - a bustling harbour and Georgetown waterfront once upon a time.
At the diorama gallery, visitors get a chance to understand the culture and history of Penang through a series of miniature scenes. These impressive and detailed figurines were hand-sculptured by artist, Khoo Chooi Hooi.
In the 1960's, barbers in Penang were predominantly Indians offering quick and mobile haircut services. This scene was the artist's childhood experience, presumably forced to get a haircut by his parents.
The 3D art gallery tells stories of food, people, culture and the daily lifestyle of people in Penang through a collection of murals. The use of shades, colors, varying contours and props certainly create mind tricking photographs. It offers lots of fun, interaction and learning opportunities for visitors who are keen to know more about Penang.
Personally, I thought the visit was memorable and worth the time. My family and I still constantly recall our memories from the museum every time we look back at the hilarious photos we've taken during our visit here. This entertaining and informative museum is definitely recommended for visitors of all ages. Entry fee is priced reasonably at MYR30 per adult (concession available for locals with MyKad). It is open daily from 9am - 6pm but would recommend to go early to avoid the crowd if you intend to take photos of every mural.