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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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Bristol, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

Beautiful building, glad we chose to go around independently as although the sculptures are beautiful, there are a lot of them! Central courtyard is so pretty and calm.

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New Delhi, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

Located in huge Terracota building, the National Museum represents the finest of Phnom Penh's architecture. On display inside are works of art, ranging from the 7th to the 13th century. Sculptures from ancient times,19th century dance costumes, royal barges and palanquins.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014 NEW

There are many nice sculptures. Not all of them in perfect condition. Nice variety.Might need some improvement in display and more detailed explanation.

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014 NEW

To be honest, surprisingly small one for a national museum... Thankfully, the guides there are good.

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Phnom Penh, Cambodia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014 NEW

The National Museum was smaller than expected but the displays were well done and informative. The garden area in the middle of the complex is stunning and the little "cafe" near it was the perfect place to wait out the rain and enjoy the garden view. The price to get in is very fair ($5) and it is easy to... More

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Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

A truly spectacular collection of Khmer art, with wonderful description cards giving you the great history of Cambodian art and art curation. However, do keep a good $10 worth of $US1 notes for the women handing out Jasmine, etc for prays for the various statues around the museum otherwise - a little like us - you may feel a bit... More

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Vancouver, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

The museum is much nicer than I expected. It's a nice way to spend an afternoon and the photos and souvenirs are also very good

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Perth, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

Was very crowded when we visited, especially school groups who made a lot of noise (tourists). However, a very interesting museum to reveal the cultural and historical side of Cambodia.

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Pacific Pines, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

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

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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