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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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  • A very good place to visit (especially during the very hot midday hours, not air conditioned but it is out of the sun). Lots of interesting statutes and a gorgeous central courtyard complete with pool...  more »
  • The national museum is a good museum with a lot of historic sculpture and a lot of explanations. They proposed an audio guide but I didn't use it. However if you already visited Angkor museum maybe it...  more »
  • It is a Museum really beautiful, in its gardens and its architecture, but also for parts which are held, including the magnificent statue of Jayavarman VII. Heat is great on the outside, and there are plenty of places to sit and observe the works quietly.
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  • I really enjoy going here. Lots to look at, exhibits change and a lovely quiet garden in the middle to get away from the noise of the city. Would be a 5 star review, but the entry cost, $10, is a bit more I would like, but I don't mind if it helps keep the place running.
  • The price is fairly steep (10 for entry and 5 for an audio guide). Although I understand this goes towards the upkeep of the museum, it is still a large price to pay for the information given. The audio guide was fairly good, as many of the pieces do not have a written English explanation beside it, and the stories are worth listening too. The museum itself is pretty small, understandably, but one should go in if they enjoy looking at such sculptures and have the time to spare.
  • A good buffer for understanding Hindu and Buddhism symbols and figures found in art and architecture of the region. Some of the works were recovered from looters and or taken from historical sites for conservation purposes. The audio guide was helpful, without it the visit would seem rather monotone. It would be great if they would keep up with the cleaning of the interior walls. The courtyard garden is very well done, it's a good place to take a break.
  • Great place to bring my kids here to understand about our culture and enjoy the view on weekend. The ticket price is acceptable so there are a lot of foreigner visit here everyday especially on the weekend. We also can bring kids to feed the fish here and there a lot of different kind of fish. Kids love feeding the fish and buy the food for fish from the lady inside the hall.
  • As a fan of random statues, I was pleased to see a few interesting works. Although architecture has resemblance to many similar buildings, it has its own charm. Blend of Elephants and greenery is often encountered. Besides, a few statutes of some mythological figures are scattered around. Not a big museum, so it may take an hour max to explore it.

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