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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
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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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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

I go to museums to learn, and I did not feel at all educated by this museum. I learned a bit about looting (with a bonus featurette on how to recover looted objects) and I saw a bunch of statues, some pots and some jewellery. None of the AV features were working. Maybe it would have been better with a... More

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Bangkok, Thailand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

This place is set in a beautiful building and also contains nice gardens for a stroll or a read. Inside you can see many ancient artefacts including some from the Angkor temples. You can learn about the Angkor civilisations over time and look at many buddhist and hindu statues. Only criticism is that it lacks information on modern history focusing... More

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Perth, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

A bit disappointing that you don't actually see the history of how the people live, their homes how they work etc. Its very good for delivering the history of the artwork coming from the temples.

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Nice, France
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

It is nice and interesting to visit the National Muséum of P.P so many beautiful statues, bronzes all about Khmer Art; very near the Royal Palace - the garden is nice and peaceful

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Siem Reap, Cambodia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

here you can see the collection of the artefacts from throughout Cambodia. but mostly from Angkor area. I got stunt with the bronze statue of Vishnu from the Barray. Earlier I just saw it in the book but this time i really see by my own eyes. So happy, i love to visit museum

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

Lots of statues and historic relics, including some of the more important pieces from Siem Reap. A good place to get an idea of the long history of this interesting country.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

That this lovely museum has any collection is a miracle. The Pol Pot regime tried to systematically destroy Cambodia's cultural heritage including temples, artifacts, books -- and of course the men and women who chronicled, curated and understood their value. The museum and its supporters had to reach out country- and world-wide to secure historical artifacts so that the museum... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

Even if you've been before, the National Museum always has something to offer. It's great place to start if this is your first visit to Cambodia. You'll get a feel for the amazing history of the Khmer people. The Museum recently added a new collection of carvings.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014 NEW

As national museums go, relatively small, but packed with history and essential exhibits. We visited this before going to Angkor Wat, so it was doubly useful.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014 NEW

$5 US entry is worth it to see some of the treasures of This beautiful country. Cant take photos inside but internal garden is lovely.

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