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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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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

Beautiful gardens, the actual museum itself is a tad repetitive but it's reasonably small - give yourself 40 mins for the museum.

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Warwick, Rhode Island
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

The museum is small, but houses good collection of artifacts from Angkor wat and other temples. It is good start to get familiar with the history of Cambodia and Angkor Wat. The court yard in the museum is beautifully done, peaceful and tranquil. Spending a couple of hours in the museum is definitely worth $5 fee.

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Vientiane, Laos
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

we luckily had a cambodian friend to give us a tour around the museum. it's interesting and beautiful to learn about the country.

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Phnom Penh, Cambodia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

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

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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Phnom Penh, Cambodia
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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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Moss
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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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