You’ll be fascinated to see the life of ultimate wealth through this museum’s display of 19th-century antiques, Peranakan furniture and old portraits that belonged to one of Penang’s richest trader, Yeap Chor Ee. It’s housed within a converted four-storey shophouse that was once home to the man himself.
The owners of this museum prefer to stay old school with a collection of 1,000 vintage cameras and accessories. Camera lovers can also sign up for its Photo School that provide hands-on teaching on the technique, aesthetics and conceptualisation skills of analogue and digital photography.
High on a hill in Batu Maung, this museum is an old war fortress that was first built by the British in the 1930s and before the Japanese took over In 1945 as their army base and interrogation chamber. Its spacious area is constructed with stairs, halls and underground tunnels filled with war artefacts.
There are over 70,000 toys, dolls and collectibles on display here including a collection of demon baby Chucky toys, comic book characters, dinosaurs, monsters, Barbie dolls and action figures. There’s also Heritage Garden on its premises for a peek at various fruit trees and tropical greenery.
This is a museum that chronicles the triumphant career of Malaysia’s movie legend, the late Tan Sri P Ramlee. His personal collection on exhibit here includes his old violin, favourite shirts, old movie posters, typewriter and even his signature sunglasses. Adjacent is a replica of a Malay kampung house belonging to P Ramlee’s grandmother where he was born.