Trip Planner:   Asia  /  Cambodia  /  Phnom Penh  /  National Museum

National Museum, Phnom Penh

#2 of 7 in Museums in Phnom Penh
Specialty Museum · Museum
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.
Improve this listing »
Create an itinerary including National Museum
© OpenMapTiles © OpenStreetMap contributors

National Museum reviews

Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor traveler rating
TripAdvisor traveler rating 4.0
4,291 reviews
  • It was nice to have respite from the incessant sun. The museum has an extensive array of artefacts on view. A fine collection of pottery, sculptures and bronze  more »
  • Sorry for the somewhat negative review Cambodian government but my experience at this museum was being happier to be inside and out of the rain than what this museum offered. Too many similar like...  more »
  • We spent part of our last morning in Phnom Penh at the National Museum of Cambodia. Unless you are really into artifacts, spending a few hours at most would be sufficient to see some wonderful Khmer.....  more »
  • Nice place to take in some of the historical culture of Cambodia. The entire complex is very beautiful itself, clean and well kept, and cool on the inside. There are various sculptures showcasing the religious aspect of Cambodian culture. The entire museum doesn't take too long to visit so it's worth a trip to escape the mid day sun and heat.
  • Such a relaxation environment. And recommended for all tourists and foreign. There are coffee shop inside the museum so you can enjoy coffee before or after walk inside the museum. Because they are not allow to bring drinks into the museum.
  • A beautiful red building welcomes visitors to the National Museum of Cambodia. Museum's and what is inside varies from museum to museum and country to country....very subjective. Every one is not a big fan of a museum. I visited the museum as there were several places in the itinerary to be covered and we went covering all these places. The museum charges an entry fee of $ 5 and is open between 8-5 pm. Decent place to visit and art lovers may like this place. Visit it while you are in Cambodia.
  • The museum houses one of the world's largest collections of Khmer art, including sculptural, Khmer ceramics, bronzes, and ethnographic objects. Its collection includes over 14,000 items, from prehistoric times to periods before, during and after the Khmer Empire, which at its height stretched from Thailand, across present-day Cambodia, to southern Vietnam. The National Museum of Cambodia is located on Street 13 in central Phnom Penh, to the north of the Royal Palace and on the west side of Veal Preah Man square. The visitors' entrance to the compound is at the corner of Streets 13 and 178. The Royal University of Fine Arts is located on the west side of the museum. The museum is under the authority of the Cambodian Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts. The museum buildings, inspired by Khmer temple architecture, were constructed between 1917 and 1924, the museum was officially inaugurated in 1920, and it was renovated in 1968.
  • Good option to get a bit of background about the Khmer art and architecture. Plenty of different items well explained in the audio guide, a must if you want to have an understanding of what you are looking at beyond the very basics as most of it will not be familiar and otherwise after having seen a few all will start looking the same. A nice patio to get a bit of air if the visit gets long.

Plan your trip to Phnom Penh

  • Get a personalized trip
    A complete day by day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it
    Refine your trip. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it
    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it
    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.