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National Museum

Address: 13th St. | Between 178th and 184th Sts., Phnom Penh, Cambodia
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Ranked #11 of 37 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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW via mobile

The inside could use some serious maintenance. The pieces inside are more complete and original, not replica's like I've seen in Siem Reap. They could show them some more respect. Not well curated.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

Not being a history buff myself, I still do the occasional history museum and since The National History Museum in Phnom Penh was around the corner from my hotel I decided to give it a shot. I went through the entire museum in about 15 minutes and immediately realized that many (if not most) of the artifacts were once part... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

I have to admit I can do whole museums in about 15 minutes unless there's something really interesting in there that I specifically want to see. This was one of those times. Through respect to our guide who was waiting for us at the exit we extended it to 25 minutes by sitting in the sun in the beautiful gardens... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

The National Museum in Pnom Penh is just the right size to see everything in it without getting tired. It gives you the history of Cambodia, from ancient times to modern, and has statues and artifacts from the main periods of its history. It doesn't take more than an hour to leisurely walk around the museum viewing the lovely art,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 NEW

This was worth the visit. It has a very large amount of statues that belong or came from the Angkor Wat and the many surrounding temples but as you read the descriptions, it explains that they are either in the process of being restored or have been returned by the 1 of the many countries that took alot of these... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 NEW

Gives you an insight to the history of Cambodia and as i was staying nearby i thought it would be worth a visit

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015 NEW

We really enjoyed our time at the museum as a relaxing way to end our two weeks in SEA. Fascinating insights into the might and power of the Khmer Empire and the wonderful statues and imagery. We didn't get a guide, but would on reflection, it would have helped with detailed explainations

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015 NEW

You should not visit Phnom Penh without a stop at the National Museum. It has a wonderful collection (yes, the best stuff is in Paris) that now includes items returned from the Metropolitan Museum in New York.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015 NEW

Some wonderful artifacts from Khmer history, but displayed in a very old-fashioned way, what a museum used to be a hundred years ago. But the architecture and especially the courtyard are worth the price of admission.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015 NEW

The National Museum is smaller than the one in Siem Reap and have fewer exhibits . Has an entry fee of 5$ and is close to the royal palace. The most exclusive piece is one huge Vishnu statue which is the star attraction. Rest are just the regulars. If you have been to the Siem Reap National Museum the place... More 

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