Not a big fan of museums? Me neither. But don’t let the word ‘museum’ repel you from this one. It could be one of the most enjoyable museums out there.
The Penang Upside-Down Museum is meant to replicate old Chinese houses in Penang. It has its own living room, dining hall, kitchen, bedrooms, bathrooms, and everything else you might expect in a typical house. Except that everything is upside down. That’s right — everything, from the sofa to the bathtub, is glued to the ceiling.
The idea is to take pictures of yourself in the rooms so that when you rotate the photos upside down, it will look as though you’re defying gravity.
Address: 45, Lebuh Kimberly, George Town, 10100, Penang, MALAYSIA.
Contact Number: +604 264 2660
Monday – Friday: 8.45 a.m. – 6.30 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday: 8.45 a.m. – 7.30 p.m.
Child (5 – 12 years old): RM16
Senior Citizen/Student (with student ID): RM16
Child (5 – 12 years old): RM8
Senior Citizen/Student (with student ID): RM11
What to Expect
Depending on what time of the day and what time of the year you go, there might already be a line of people waiting to go in. But don’t worry — you won’t have to wait long or fight with other people for a good photo. Only one group of visitors will be allowed in each room at any one time. That means, if you’re solo, it will be only you. You won’t be sharing the room with other people.
I like how much detail they put in each room. Look at the photo above and notice the toiletries beside the sink, the cleaning agents on the shelf below it, the tiles, the toilet paper, etc. However, you won’t have much time to look around. There is a photographer in each room and they will take your phone and tell you how to pose. Then, they’ll snap a few shots and hurry you along to the next room.
I think I only spent on average 1 – 2 minutes in each room, and less than an hour in the entire museum.
Tips for Visiting Penang Upside-Down Museum
- Make sure you bring your camera/phone with you. The visit would be pointless without one.
- Make sure your camera/phone has enough battery and storage. The photographer will take at least two shots for each pose.
- To make the photos more believable, if you have long hair, tie it up in a bun. Otherwise, it would give the secret away. Case in point:
- For the same reason, try not to wear skirts, dresses, or loose shirts.
- Or, if you don’t have anything to tie your hair with, hold it like this:
So, is Penang Upside-Down Museum worth visiting? Yes, I definitely think it is.
I like that they have their own photographers. It is especially helpful for solo travelers because we all understand how hard it is to rely on self-timer all the time. The fact that they tell you how to pose is also another plus because otherwise, you’d be wasting so much time trying to think of ideas.
The whole process is super-efficient. Instead of having everybody randomly ambling around in the museum, allowing only one group in each room helps everyone get good photos without having any photo-bombers.
In the beginning, you might feel as though you’re being rushed through the experience, but it will soon make sense because you can only truly appreciate the museum and its eccentricity once you go home and see the pictures.
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