Penang War Museum is an outdoor living war museum which will appeal to fans of military history and anyone who had family members involved in the tragic events in South East Asia during World War Two. The entrance to the museum offers Paintball in an authentic battleground setting in order to broaden the appeal of the museum to a younger generation.
This sprawling museum is housed in a 20 acre site which was originally a coastal fortress and gun battery built by the British in the run up to the War to defend against Japanese invasion. Sadly, despite many acts of individual heroism, Britain's preparedness was inadequate to repel the Japanese who inflicted a stinging defeat on Britain's prestige and morale.
Under the brutal Japanese occupation which followed many Allied prisoners of war were harshly treated, tortured and executed while Malayan civilians also suffered terribly. Many of the underground tunnels, bunkers, pillboxes, gun batteries and defences built by the British have been restored by the museum's owners and visitors can get a good idea how life must have been for the soldiers serving here.
Also the barrack blocks where the British, Indian and Malay soldiers were housed, and later imprisoned, remain in good condition and now serve as exhibition space for the museum's collections.