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National Museum, Phnom Penh

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#4 of 41 in Museums in Cambodia
Learn about the nation's cultural history and examine some of its most notable archaeological finds at National Museum. Inspired by the traditional Khmer architecture, the museum was established in the 1920s on the western side of the Veal Preah Man square. The institution boasts a vast collection of sculptures, ceramics, ethnographic and religious items, and various objects dating back to the Khmer Empire. Immerse yourself in the Cambodian culture by taking a guided tour in English, French, Japanese, or the Khmer language. For travelers who use our world travel planner, Phnom Penh holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the National Museum and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • Not bad for a look at artifacts to give you the history of Cambodia over the ages. Possibly just our guide, but it was like enduring paint drying. Go have a self guided look, but think about whether y...  more »
  • We had expected more from a national museum. The art was what poorly exhibited. On the other hand, the building is beautiful but can some more maintenance already treaties.
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  • the building itself looks really nice.takes you to a different era. it's a nice walk around Khmer history and won't take more than an hour to see it all. still the ticket price was a little expensive ...  more »
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  • This museum definitely impressed me. There is a ton of information about the religious, political and architectural history of Cambodia. I wasn't expecting it to be so large with so many exhibits. I suggest getting the audio guide. We didn't and we felt like we missed out on a lot of good information. There are some information plaques in English but no enough to make up for no guide. Also, don't go in hungry. I went in on a light breakfast not anticipating how much there was to see and ended up going too quickly at the end with the anticipation of lunch. Also there is no photography allowed, which is a huge bummer because there are so many beautiful things.
  • Great place to visit. I would say it's a must do in Phnom Penh. Beautiful architecture and great indoor garden. Entrance fee is $10. The visit shouldn't take more than 1h30min. You don't really need a guide since most of the explanations are already written on the walls. The indoor garden is a good place to just relax and maybe even read a book. I really enjoyed the design of that building.
  • We didn't pay for the guided tour and just went around at our own accord. Well worth the money. It's amazing to see many exhibits showing stuff from way back in times many.of us can't remember. Worth a visit
  • The museum was priced fair an a total of $15.00 for entrance and audio guide. The exhibits are well presented but they do not allow photographs taken inside. I find that it would be a benefit if they did allow with no flash. They will let you take a photo in garden for a fee? The cases need help, many displays with out explanations and display card so faded you can not make out what was written. Audio had an annoying 10 second preamble to every display. The works presented are a good representation of the Cambodian culture. Slightly annoyed with flowers to be presented to deities for donation inside the museum. I respect another’s belief but always hitting up for donations inside what you have all ready paid for.
  • We like to go to museums in the middle of the day when it is very hot to enjoy the ac. There is no ac here which makes wondering around various stone statues with little information very tedious. The show in the evening though was wonderful and worth the visit!
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