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National Museum

Address: 13th St. | Between 178th and 184th Sts., Phnom Penh, Cambodia
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Ranked #8 of 29 Attractions in Phnom Penh
Type: Art Museums, History Museums, Museums
Owner description: This beautiful sandstone museum was opened in 1920 and showcases many...
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Type: Art Museums, History Museums, Museums
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Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: This beautiful sandstone museum was opened in 1920 and showcases many fine examples of Angkor Wat statuary.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014 NEW

The museum is built around a courtyard with lily pools and flowers - a real city oasis. The museum itself is well stocked with Khmer artefacts, many from Angkor, although there is little to show the ordinary life of the Cambodian people over the centuries.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014 NEW

It starts at 7pm. Be there by 6.45pm. Ticket costs $15. Before 5pm, you pay $14 About 6 dances. Very entertaining I think the ticket price may prevent people from going. Perhaps they can start at lower price and the patrons can donate to a good cause. Get student to have photo with patrons for a donation... this may be... More 

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014 NEW

As most travelers will be heading to Siem Reap at some point in their travels this is not a must see, but worthwhile if you have the time.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014 NEW

Just enjoyed the statues and bit of history about SE Asia, the intersection between Buddhism and Hinduism was fascinating

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Hong Kong, China
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014

This museum is housed in a really beautiful reddish coloured building, that looks suitably impressive from the outside, but unfortunately, that is about the most interesting thing about this place. Photography is not allowed (except in certain circumstances) of the artefacts inside the museum - I personally don't agree with no photography practices in museums, since I believe that these... More 

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014

Found this a bit tiresome. It was included in our tour, and it houses hall after hall of Khmer sculptures, ceramics and other objects. I think you need to be really into Khmer History and Art to appreciate this place! I can see its importance for those studying here in those subjects. It was too much for me. Nice courtyard... More 

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014

Lots of historical artifacts scattered around the museum, more like a warehouse or storage place. Every section there are praying setting, flower "seller", donation plate to earn some extra from the visitors.. Some displays come with information/description.. Beautiful building architecture.. can pay a visit if you no where else to go..

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

If you have been or are planning a visit to Angkor it's well worth stepping into this small museum to see some of the restored statues. The gardens are beautiful and it's nice to get away from the more recent history and understand a bit about the magnificence of the angkor times

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

This is a must visit if you have visited the beautiful heritage temples in Siem Reap and Angkor Wat. Has excellent and detailed collection of idols of angkor times,especially the idols of Vishu and Shiva are great. Good details of history of Angkor times are given nicely. Dont miss if you visit Cambodia. spare atleast 2 hours for this visit.... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

Before I went to this museum I expect to see something about the history and traditions of the country. The entrance fee was $5,-, which I think is quite high for what you get. In fact I liked the structure of the building more than the actual artifacts that where present at the museum. You will find some old statues... More 

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