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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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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

We loved the National Museum. Not only the exhibitions are great, but also the setting is stunning. The garden is magical and a special treat when you're travelling with children - plenty of fish to feed ;)

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

A great museum to get a handle on some of Cambodia's history, but it needs more order and some help for the English. Not everything was translated and this, combined with a lack of proper curation did hinder the enjoyment. Also no photos, which was annoying.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

The collection of ancient Khmer statues is impressive, but more signage would be appreciated. I would suggest a guide if you are visiting the museum to learn more about the ancient civilization. It takes around 1h½ to visit, it is worth the 5 USD$ entrance fee.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

We went to the museum not expecting much, assuming all of the best stuff would be in Phnom Penh. We couldn't have been more wrong, if anything the reverse is true. The museum is extensive, comprehensive, really well laid out and most importantly has excellent explanations in English, unlike PP which merely noted what the exhibit was. We learned so... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

A nice museum to stroll around. If you have been to Angkor Watt you will recognize most of the items. Not a big museum but worth a short visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

Full of high quality statues from Cambodia's many temples. Great couple of hours visit gives you a feeling for the craftsmanship of the ancient people.

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Manchester, Connecticut
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

After the royal palace stop in here, it's only down the street. The museum is not air conditioned and is does not have inner walls so there is a breeze. Lots of statues and architecture.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

It is one of the more expensive locations in the region at $5 per person, but it is a nice way to spend 45 minutes to walk around and see some of the best statues from the temples and pagodas around the region. It can get a little warm as there is no air conditioning, but with the large open... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

If we hadn't gone with our guide I think it would've been pretty dull. Lots of statues of people I have no cultural connection with will little background info in exhibits. Our guide was lovely and gave us loads. Especially explaining the symbolism of different Hindu gods, how to identify each one and stories which surround them. She said these... More

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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Great pieces of art explaining the history of Cambodia - great to learn more than just the angkorian period. Most of the items of note are beautiful Hindu and Buddhist statues. Some are from the funan era (before 500 AD), some from the water chenla era (500-800 AD) and the rest is Angkor style (800-1200 AD). The explanation panels are... More

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