Poison & Venom Exhibition
Jalan Damansara, KL (03 2282 6255/ www.muziumnegara.gov.my). Head to the National Museum for a creepy exhibit dedicated to all things poisonous and venomous. The exhibition covers the role of animal poisons in medicine, history, myth and literature. Get ready to see live specimens (yikes!), dry and wet preserved specimens, cooking demonstrations about the use of poisonous foods in Malaysia and beyond, and exhibitions covering what to do if you get stung or poisoned. Until Oct 31. Adults, RM5, Children (under 12 years), RM2; (MyKad holders) Adults, RM2, Children (under 12 years), free.
Weekend workshops at IAMM
Jalan Lembah Perdana, KL (03 2274 2020/www.iamm.org.my). Visit the Children’s Library at the Islamic Arts Museum of Malaysia every weekend for storytelling as well as arts and crafts activities. For children aged four to 12 years old, the sessions centre on a specific theme each week and include a story followed by arts and crafts. Children under six must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Check the museum website for an up-todate schedule. Every Sat & Sun, 3-4.30pm. Free. Now, a replica stands in the harbour and holds a museum dedicated to the city’s colonial trading past. Although the displays could be significantly improved, kids seem to love exploring the ship and living out their pirate fantasies. Who can blame them? Keep in mind that your ticket can also be used to enter the Maritime Museum Phase II and the Royal Malaysian Navy Museum, both of which are beside the Flor de la Mar. Mon-Fri, 9am-5.30pm; Sat-Sun, 9am-9pm. Adults, RM6, Children (7-12 years old), RM2; (MyKad holders) Adults, RM3, Children (7-12 years old), RM1.
NEW Submarine Museum
Dataran 1Malaysia, Klebang (06 282 6526/06 281 1289). The decommissioned SMD Ouessant was sent to Malaysia from France in 2011 and now serves as a dusty (and rusty) museum. It’s a great opportunity to get the kids inside a real submarine, where they can check out all the buttons and dials and get a sense of what it’s like to live and work under the sea. The submarine is air conditioned inside but cramped, so if you are prone to claustrophobia, give it a miss. Daily, 9am-5pm. Adults, RM3; Children (under 12 years), RM1.
NEW Hin Bus Depot Art Centre
31A Jalan Gurdwara, George Town (www. facebook.com/hinbusdepot). Once an abandoned bus depot, Hin has evolved into an unlikely art space, courtesy of Lithuanian artist Ernest Zacharevic’s first solo exhibition. Wall murals from his exhibition still remain intact and today, Hin is adding artistic touches of its own, promising more exhibitions from home-grown artists. It is a regular venue for workshops, art jams and other events, many of which are family friendly so keep an eye on their Facebook page for updates. Daily, 12noon-7pm.
NEW PG Gold Museum
95 Lebuh Bishop, George Town (04 261 9999/www.goldmuseum.com.my). With a premium entry price to match, Malaysia’s very first gold museum sets out to fascinate by giving visitors a taste of the greedy fever for gold. Visitors can check out exhibitions about gold and silver, view a live pouring demonstration and admire more of Penang's now epidemic 3D murals, and there are guided tours too. In reality, it might hold the kids’ attention, particularly the part where they can try panning for gold, but adults will quickly get bored with the endless information boards. Daily, 9am-6pm. Adults, RM50, Children (7-12 years old), RM25; (MyKad/MyKid holders) Adults, RM30, Children (7-12 years old), RM15. stunning views of the ‘the Garden City’ and the boats and perahu (gondolas) dotted about give the lake an idyllic feel, especially as the sun sets. You can also dine on-board at night and the food is surprisingly decent.
2 Jalan Punchak off Jalan P Ramlee, KL (03 2020 5444/www.menarakl.com.my). Take a tour up the 421-metre high telecommunications and broadcasting tower for a magnificent vista of KL from its viewing deck. The audio tour is reasonably informative, if a little dry, and the restaurant at the top is very popular with tourists despite its mixed reviews. There is also a small aquarium, an F1 Simulator, an XD Cinema (with 6D technology), a 1Malaysia Cultural Village as well as a newly opened mini zoo. (Observation deck) Daily, 9am-10pm. Adults, RM52, Children (4-11 years old), RM31; (MyKad/MyKid holders) Adults, RM32, Children (4-11 years old), RM21.
Petronas Twin Towers
Concourse level, Petronas Twin Towers, Kuala Lumpur City Centre, KL (03 2331 8080/www.petronastwintowers.com.my). Icons of Malaysia, the tallest twin towers in the world are beacons of culture and heritage. Check out the displays and exhibitions on the ground level before ascending in the elevator to the impressive skybridge. It’s free but be aware that the views are somewhat limited due to the huge towers on either side of the skybridge; it’s actually the view of them that is more impressive than the view from them. If your kids are obsessed with selfies, Penang is the ideal spot for your next vacation. 3D mural museums seem to be popping up everywhere. Check these ones out:
Made In Penang Interactive Museum
This place is known for its wall paintings depicting 19th century Penang, its handmade jetty waterfront, its incredible 3D trick art, as well as interactive kiosks that allow for more visual trickery.
Made in Penang Interactive Museum