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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. 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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  • Fairly small but interesting museum. There isn't a lot of information to read on the artifacts so get the audio guide - it is very extensive! If you're not familiar with Khmer culture, visit the Angkor National Museum first - it will give you a much better understanding and appreciation when you come here.
  • It's a nice place to go and the audio guide is 10 bucks, which is totally a worth. The whole museum is not extended. 1h 30min might cover the whole exhibition. U can also spend as much time as u want, just sitting there listening to the audio guide, knowing better about Khmer art history.
  • 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.
  • If you plan to go to Angkor Wat, then you should go here first to see the statues, because most are gone from the temples. The museum is not very large but the selection of stone carving is quite good. The printed descriptions by each work are minimal so I suggest you get the audio guide. Layout is generally chronological if you go through in a counterclockwise direction.
  • A barely adequate museum at any price, but not at all worth $10 (for entrance - an extra $5 for the audio guide) when compared to local prices. Way overpriced. Zero artifacts or descriptions of the colonial or modern era. No map is available to tell you what exhibits are available or where they are, and there are no signs to guide you to the entrance from the ticket booth.
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