When I first read about The Camera Museum as a tourist attraction in Penang, I didn’t give much thought. This was because I know Malaysia tends to set up museums for the sake of attracting tourists and the displays and exhibitions are typically sub-standard. But when I was researching on places to explore in Georgetown earlier this year, I checked out The Camera Museum website and was surprised to learn that the museum was ranked no. 1 attraction in Penang on Tripadvisor in April 2014 and they had garnered 10,000 Likes on their Facebook page in June 2014. So I was thinking, hmm, not bad…and added the museum to my list of places to visit for my Penang trip back in Feb 2015.
The Camera Museum is located in a refurbished pre-war building, right in the heart of Georgetown’s UNESCO heritage area at Lebuh Muntri. It’s the first of its kind in South East Asia, showcasing the history and evolution of cameras from 18th century to the present, and displaying over 1,000 vintage cameras.
The museum has interesting exhibitions as well such as the first selfie in the 1920s, the James Bond spy camera, and a Japanese machine gun camera used as a training tool for gunners and pilots in Second World War. Visitors also get the chance to experience being in the dark room and a pinhole room.
I reckon The Camera Museum is a great place to while your time for an hour or so especially in the afternoon when the tropical heat can get unbearable for some. You can cool down in this air-conditioned museum, and once you’re done, you can always go to an eclectic café next door to have a refreshing iced drink and chill out (the museum cafe is just so-so)
Opens daily from 9:30am – 6:30pm. Guided tour is available from 10am – 6pm.
Ticket cost: Adult RM20; Children (7-12yrs old) RM5