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National Museum

13th St. | Between 178th and 184th Sts., Phnom Penh, Cambodia
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Ranked #16 of 47 Attractions in Phnom Penh
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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Pacific Pines, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

At first it was interesting, but after a while you feel like you are looking at the same thing over and over again. The highlight is the building itself, with its stunning facade and courtyard

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

For history and culture buffs , this is a must see. The architecture of the Museum itself is worth a look. The collection of Khmer sculpture and artifacts is fascinating ; I particularly liked the boat and the display( including story boards) on drums containing treasures found by locals in the fields. To trade excavation rights for the price of... More

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Singapore
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

This museum is housed in a large terracotta building that resembles many buildings in the Royal Palace. I liked the fact that it had an open air design inside although in the absence of a breeze could make the place rather warm at times. And the liberal use of native plants to decorate the pathways outside certainly gave the site... More

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Jakarta, Indonesia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

Great antiquities. very worth a visit. cool and easy to get around. only need 1 hr max as its not very large.

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Warwick, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Used to be home to 2 million small bats. Thankfully all gone now. Statues and works of art over a 1000years old! And none of it behind glass walls!

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New York City, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

If you've been to Angkor, and spent some time at the museum in Siem Reap, I'd say skip this one. It has a more expansive history than the Siem Reap one has but the outcome is more unfocused. Explanatory texts on the artifacts is spotty and what's the point of a historical museum if you don't get the context of... More

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Stendal, Germany
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

Beautiful small museum with exquisite gardens. Lovely place to sit and reflect. The place to go if you want to learn and understand a bit about the culture of the people of Cambodia.

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Margaret River, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

We were undecided whether to go or not but we did in the end. The gardens are gorgeous. Of course no photos allowed inside or of any statues, but ok in the gardens. There is a lot of statues from different centuries scattered throughout and they have videos playing too. I've read in other reviews that there is not enough... More

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Baltimore, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

The building itself is very beautiful and a perfect spot to change your mood after viewing the Killing Fields.

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

Very much for the archeologists or Asian history experts, it is interesting but is all on one theme-I.e. Figures of antiquity

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