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National Museum

13th St. | Between 178th and 184th Sts., Phnom Penh, Cambodia
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Ranked #15 of 47 attractions in Phnom Penh
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Type: History Museums, Art Museums, Museums
Description: This beautiful sandstone museum was opened in 1920 and showcases many fine examples of Angkor Wat statuary.
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Phnom Penh, Cambodia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

Interesting pieces of Cambodian history on display with decent explanations of the cultural and theological significance. The interesting thing about these exhibits is that many of the sculptures are taken from temples that still stand in Cambodia, so the museum acts to diminish the wonder of the temples in exchange for protecting the pieces from thieves. The problem is that... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014 NEW

I am not big on ancient sculptures but this museum gave me a good appreciation of the great artistic quality of these people. The museum building itself is a beautiful building.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

Easily negotiated and logically laid out display of Mongolia through the ages with a wide but not huge selection of exhibits. An inexpensive couple of hours, well worth the investment.

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Sihanoukville, Cambodia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

I went with two friends and had to pay $5 dollars entrance fee. We were thinking about getting a guide but she wanted to charge $6 for an hours guided talk. However you can pick up a free leaflet and many of the exhibits have information panels in English, so in many ways you don't need a guide. You cannot... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

I have read some reviews not to bother but this is a little unfair. Cambodia's past has been blasted away and it's amazing that anything survived at all. Yes, it is only a small museum, but some of the pieces are interesting and the stonework good. We only stayed around an hour as it was extremely hot. Gardens were very... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

Love this gorgeous site. The courtyard is hypnotic. So sad to realise much of Khmer's artistic and cultural mastery has been destroyed or exported because of the self-extinguishing Khmer regime and greed of Westerners. A rich country with a poor and limited artistic pool because of despotism. Thank goodness there is some ancestral archives and artistry preserved for imaginative and... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

Nice architecture, not too big and a very beautiful courtyard. It ws also interesting to see all the Khmer items

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

If you're a museum lover you might be happy here. If not you'll probably get bored quite quickly. The artifact displays are tired and quite repetitive. The garden in the middle is nice (but small) and the building itself is quite photogenic. The tuk tuk drivers and motodops hanging around the entrance are as annoying as they are everywhere else.... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

I really don't know why there are so many good reviews about this place; maybe I'm missing something. Lots of artefacts from Cambodia's past: stone carvings, statues, pottery etc. I was in an out in 45 minutes and I lingered in some places. Definitely not worth $5.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

The museum is amazing. The structure itself is already a gorgeous sight! We were not allowed to take pictures inside the museum just like most of the other museums but you can take as much pictures as you want outside. It opens at 8am and closes at 5pm. I think at least 2hours would be enough. There was also a... More

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