Unusual Museums to Visit in Malaysia

Looking to visit a museum that’s a little different? Here are some wacky options that you could explore for a fresh and new experience.

Museum of Enduring Beauty, Melaka

Beauty definitely hurts, especially here in the Museum of Enduring Beauty.

From tooth filing, neck stretching, waist-tightening to lip-plating, this museum shows us a variety of ways people from all over the globe mutilate themselves to fulfil their own beauty standards.

Where: Jalan Kota, Bandar Hill, 75000 Melaka.

Why: The museum provides a learning experience about other cultures and their beauty practices.

Other places nearby: The Malaysia Architecture Museum and People’s Museum is within a walking distance.

You can also explore the famous Portuguese fortress, the A’ Famosa, to learn more about Melaka’s cultural history.   

Ghost Museum, Penang

Are you a horror fan? Do you enjoy listening to traditional ghost stories? If you said yes then this is the right place for you.

The Penang Ghost Museum offers its visitors with haunted tales and myths of ghosts from Malaysia, Indonesia, Western countries, China and Japan.

Where: 57, Lebuh Melayu, George Town, 10300 George Town, Pulau Pinang.

Why: Although it is more of a gallery than a museum, it is still a fun way to learn about traditional ghosts.

A guide will walk you through and inform you about each ghost and the tales behind them.

A reminder, the displays could keep you up at night.

Other places nearby: The Wonderfood Museum and the 3D Trick-Art Museum are fun museums to check out while you’re in Penang.

Other attractions such as the Cheong Fatt Tze mansion and the architecture wonder, Leong San Tong Khoo Kongsi, are also nearby.

Cat Museum, Kuching

Cat fans unite!

The Cat Museum is an entire museum dedicated to cats, as you would imagine.

Where: Bangunan DBKU, Jalan Semariang, Petra Jaya, 90350 Kuching, Sarawak.

Why: Inside every glass case, on every portrait, moulded into every sculpture, is a cat. For all the feline-lovers, what more can you ask for?

Besides the life-size paintings and portraits and small statuettes, the museum also presents the endless folklore and theories people have regarding cats.

The best part, entrance is free!

Other places nearby: For historical monuments, the Fort Margherita and the Astana are worth sightseeing.

All in all, looks like it’s time to make a trip to an unusual museum!

By  Camarina Binti Mohd Fazidin

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