Penang War Museum is located in Bukit Batu Maung in Penang, Malaysia. In the 1930s it was just a fort that was built by the British. From Georgetown if you are coming to visit the museum you should use the Jelutong Expressway and move towards Bayan Lepas Airport. If you take this direction the Penang Prawn village will fall on your left. Gradually you will arrive at a junction which goes in four directions. However you need to drive straight and you will find that the post office will fall on your right. If you keep on driving in the same direction you reach Batu Maung hill and eventually to the Penang War Museum.
The museum remains open from 9am to 7pm throughout the entire week and is open on public holidays also. The fort of 1930 was built with the main motive of protecting the island from the attack of the enemies. The combined efforts of the local labors and the British Royal engineers led to the construction of the fort. The construction of the fort was purposefully made complicated. It has military tunnels in the underground and ammunition storage. The ammunition was kept 9 meters below the ground to protect it from the attack of the enemies. You will have a lot to explore within the museum from cook houses and sleeping quarters to canon firing bays and medical centers. The underground tunnels were used to access submarines present in the Straits of Melaka.
The same fort faced a sight of torture and dismay during the World War II, when the Japanese overtook it. The horrifying cruelty experienced during the war led to the fort being abandoned in 1945 after the war was over.
In 2002, the Penang War Museum was opened to public. The underground tunnels present in the museum are so narrow at certain parts that if you want to explore you need to crawl in certain areas.
If you plan to visit the place, you must keep at least 2 hours in your schedule dedicated to this place. For proper exploration of the museum and its surroundings you need to walk and climb a lot around the hilly areas. However there is a proper display of signs and information all around to make it easy for the tourists to locate the artifacts. The historical site is really a place of learning about the culture and rich history of the place. It will help you a lot in understanding about the way of life it used to have in the old times. Therefore if you are a student or some researcher doing a history on the background of Malaysia, you will definitely not want to miss a visit to this place. However, take proper precautions as the temperature of the place during the day can be quite hot and humid. Also, as you make your way deep into the hills you might find the company of mosquitoes so have an insect repellent ready with you.