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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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  • Skip this if you been to Siem Reap Museum. Even though it's $7 more expensive in Siem Reap, it's much more worth it than the National Museum in Phnom Penh. It's even not air-conditioning in this museu...  more »
  • Beautiful Building with superb inner courtyard comprising well maintained fishponds with lillies. Excellent collection of ancient Cambodian carvings with fine examples from Ankor Wat.  more »
  • You definitely need the audio guide (we did not have that) to get something out of the museum. The building is pretty and there is a nice little park in the middle. However the museum itself is rather...  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.
  • 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.
  • It's 5$ for entry and 5$ for the audio guide. The museum is not too extensive but houses quite a few showstoppers like the 6ft Vishnu Bronze from Angkor. The audio guide while informative might be too detailed for most people. You can take a 1$ pass to take photographs inside the museum.
  • We liked this museum. There is plenty of information on boards in Cambodian, English and French. However, we didn't get the audio guides and perhaps this would have helped enrich the experience for us. The exhibits they have here are great and we felt like we had a much better grasp of the Hindu and Buddhist cultures of the Khmer empire once we had been around. This is important knowledge if you are heading to other temple sites, including Angkor.
  • This is a Cambodian Nation museum. Almost every Khmer history displays here plus performance stage where great dances new and old are arranged to all guests. It's right at the center of the capital, safe and classic.