Is Upside Down Museum in Penang Worth the Try?

Going to Georgetown, Penang with family or friends? Do you love having quirky photos of yourself taken? Then, I’d recommend the Upside Down Museum in Penang.

I was roaming around the streets of Georgetown, Penang for about two hours while on the lookout for street art when I found the sign that says “Upside Down Museum”.  Since I also wanted a short break from walking under the heat of the sun, I considered getting in as a welcome idea.

Upside Down Museum in Penang


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About Upside Down Museum in Penang

As you may have guessed, the Upside Down Museum is a place where everything else is turned upside down.  It’s a house with different rooms where one or two staff per room who will be happy to assist guests on how to pose. They will also volunteer to take the snaps for you.

Upside Down Museum

Upside Down Museum in Penang

I was traveling solo at that time.  For someone who isn’t too comfortable having my solo picture taken, posing alone in a room felt awkward.  However, after two or three shots, I somehow got the hang of it.  This would be more enjoyable for me had I been posing with a group.

I came in at about 10 AM and there were only two small groups who are already inside.  There was in fact more staff than guests.  I could imagine the place will be quite small and packed during peak season.

Playing back the rotated version of the pictures they took of me wasn’t that bad after all.  I would like to think they're better than shameless selfies.  Having said that, please forgive the below pictures.

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Read more about Georgetown Penang here:

Discover Georgetown, Penang Through Its Doors

Georgetown, Penang Street Art and Where to Find Them


Where is Upside Down Museum in Penang?


45 Kimberley Street
Georgetown, Penang

Open: 9:00 am to 6:30 pm daily

Entrance Fee

Adults: RM 27
Children (aged 5-12): RM 16
Malaysian Students with Student ID: RM 11
Non-Malaysian Students with Student ID: RM 16


Other exciting Penang activities to try


Heritage on a Plate Food Tour – Travel to 4 different tasting locations and sample up to 6 different variations of Malaysian cuisines.  Explore how food in Penang has shaped the rich tapestry of its community both in the past and present.

Georgetown Heritage Tour - Visit old Chinese temples Hock Teik Cheng Sin and Cheah Kongsi, and Penang Peranakan Mansion, a rich museum that showcases the traditions and culture of a Peranakan family to give you a glimpse into the past life of the rich and powerful.

Penang Hill and Temple Sightseeing - Explore a beautiful Buddhist temple, Kek Lok Si, with its stunning architecture and sculptures. Take the funicular train for a great view of Georgetown from the top of Penang Hill

Entopia by Penang Butterfly Farm – Visit one of the largest butterfly gardens in Malaysia with over 15,000 free flying butterflies, observe more than 200 species of plants, see a variety of animal species from invertebrates to small reptiles

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  1. gokulr27 28 January, 2017 at 06:40 Reply

    Wow……that is the best photoshoot I have seen in sometime. Such a creative place. I was twisting my head to look at every photo.

  2. JuliaSan 29 January, 2017 at 13:52 Reply

    This really looks like great fun – love your pictures. I need to go here and see it for myself for sure. But I understand that this would have made even more fun in a group… 🙂

  3. Brianna 29 January, 2017 at 14:13 Reply

    Okay, this looks like so much fun! These pictures are way cute and super original! This museum reminds me of when I was younger, and I’d lay on the floor imagining my house was upside down!

  4. eostories 4 May, 2017 at 07:07 Reply

    Haha this is awesome! I have never heard of it but it looks like a great thing to put in your to do list. The rooms look nicely organised and it is great that the staff was helpful! Thanks for sharing such a fun place!

  5. Nicole Anderson 22 July, 2017 at 05:22 Reply

    This is such an amazing attraction! I visited Penang early last year as part of a holiday and I wasn’t at all aware of this place. The photos in this post really do convey how fun this would have been. I will remember this the next time I’m in the neighborhood. Great post!

  6. Lisa 23 July, 2017 at 09:57 Reply

    This looks so unusual, and worth a visit! Is there any reason why they decided to have an upside down museum in Penang, or was it just a random idea! Your photos are great, and it looks like a lot of fun!

  7. Kim 24 July, 2017 at 05:56 Reply

    Your photos are seriously tripping me out, haha! I would love to visit this museum, it seems like such a fun experience. I’m glad the staff is helpful and willing to take pictures, especially since you were traveling alone!

  8. Vicki Garside 24 July, 2017 at 07:25 Reply

    What an interesting place! You certainly managed to get some funny photos. Although I worry that I would end up feeling dizzy with all that upside-down-ness! It looks so small from outside too – another optical illusion I suppose?!

    • findingjing 24 July, 2017 at 16:46 Reply

      Haha! the “upside-down-ness” can be best appreciated once you view your photos upside down. Yes, the rooms are pretty small but not too much of an optical illusion. 🙂

  9. Anna Schlaht 24 July, 2017 at 15:17 Reply

    Woah, this is so trippy! What a cool museum to stumble across. 🙂 The photos you took are so fun; I can imagine this was a great time, even if you were there solo. Thanks for sharing such a unique find! I love that cool places like this exist.

  10. Yukti 24 July, 2017 at 16:51 Reply

    Lovely and Unique but I was not knowing about it. Thanks for this post as I came to know about this lovely upside down museum. My kids would really love to go here. It is good staff helps them who are alone.

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