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National Museum, Phnom Penh

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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. Plan your visit to National Museum and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Phnom Penh trip itinerary maker.
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  • I love audio tours because, for me, they reveal aspects of pieces in ways that aren't possible just by gazing at the object. Also I enjoy hearing the bs ground music and "go deeper" segments tat are o...  more »
  • 10 dollars and no discounts for students seems to me excessive. You are closing the doors to many backpackers who may be interested in the history and culture.
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  • Somewhat expensive for what it is but still good to see. I don't mind supporting cultural preservation. There is a mixture of stuff from a range of time periods so you get a good overview of decorativ...  more »
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  • The collection of Khmer artifacts is superb and the audio guide is excellent, without it I'd have been totally lost. Excellent collection of statuary from throughout Khmer history and geography with heavy emphasis, of course, on Seam Reap area, but poorly labeled. Lighting is weak, adding to the difficulty. And with no noticeable AC, a long visit is only for the most serious afficionado, which is a shame. Central gardens, however, are lovely and so calm and quiet. A pleasure to wander.... wish there were a way to move additional exhibits out there. The placement of well selected large photos of Seam Reap-area temples as background to artifacts is inspired and wonderful. Photo identification would be helpful. The audio guide goes into extraordinary detail. Probably too much for the average visitor. One day I hope they'll be redone to allow greater detail as a selected option rather than as the default. In a nice side exhibit of some contemporary artists' work, I was sad to see one installation (lotus blossoms climbing wall) was so poorly maintained that many blossoms had fallen to floor long ago with double sided tape hanging from wall.
  • National Museum of Cambodia The show is 7-8pm with 3 areas of ticket prices: A (front center) $25, B (center 2nd tier and a bit on 2 sides) $20, C (end of round & 2 sides ending) $15/ person. Tickets are sold online or at counter. I don't see much difference when viewing those. I visit it in the evening for the traditional Dance Show. 90% artists got killed during Khmer Rouge time, and amazing to see Cambodian Living Arts to continue and keep these traditional dance shows every night at 7pm! Keep it up!
  • If your taste is gorgeous crumbling colonial architecture with Angkorian sculptures littering the place, this is the spot for you. Needs a bit of maintenance, but it's got charm to spare. Note the bat guano on some of the walls. The place was legendary in years past for hosting legions of bat colonies in the rafters. Well worth the five dollar entrance.
  • 10$ is way to much, and an additional charge for the audio guide. Barely any information inside the museum therefor I would recommend the audio guide to anyone even if I did not take it. The museum contains a bunch of statues and pieces of wall from all over Cambodia. The garden within is nice and quiet, good place to relaxe for a few minutes.
  • The collections of khmer artifacts are great but i think the building itself is the main attraction. I love the contrast between the striking red walls and the lush green of the gardens and inner courtyards. Great place for pictures. And the slightly dilapidated interior is actually quite charming and gives the place its signature timeless atmosphere.

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