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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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  • A beauty of a building but inside we found it anyway but poorly ... An extensive collection of Khmer art ' hot property ' with more than 5000 objects.
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  • It is very useful to have the audio guide to take advantage of all the explanations. Several objects come from Siem Reap and our guide had told us that we would see the originals in the national museum. The place should be renovated.
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  • Wonderful collection of Khmer statues; priori the finest collection in the world of a great garden with shade I recommend but $ 10 entry was a little expensive anyway
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  • 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.
  • Took the audio guide but $10 (ticket) + $5 (audio)is kind of steep. I didn’t like the intro music for every item I clicked as I rather hear the explanation quickly. Also they asked for passports for youths. Of course the kids don’t carry with them but lucky I have the photos of the passports in my phone. Shorts and flip flops are allowed but not if you are going to the royal palace. We spent less than an hour there. I would go again but no audio and later, after lunch. Morning was quite a crowd.
  • It's a beautiful building, but realistically beyond that, the sculptures aren't really worth the $10. But maybe it's because we didn't get the audio guide. If you are into religion (Buddhism and Hinduism in particular) this would be a great museum for you
  • If you going to Cambodia and want to get a feel of the history and their culture... I would not recommend the national museum. The place is filled with a lot of statues but the explanation of each is very thin. Moreover it is not really very maintained for the amount of money you would pay as tourist. I would strongly recommend killing fields and genocide museum.
  • I didn't go in just because it's very expensive even for Brazil standards. Like at the airport, you should charge more from Europeans, North Americans and Australians. There's no sense to pay more than $10 to see things that mostly you see at Angkor or other temples.

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