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“Beginners Guide To Cambodia” 5 of 5 stars
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National Museum
13th St. | Between 178th and 184th Sts., Phnom Penh, Cambodia
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Ranked #8 of 29 Attractions in Phnom Penh
Type: Art Museums, History Museums, Museums
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Owner description: This beautiful sandstone museum was opened in 1920 and showcases many fine examples of Angkor Wat statuary.
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“Beginners Guide To Cambodia”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2012

A good place to start when visiting Cambodia - gives you a good grounding in the history. Unfortunately you can't take any photographs inside but there are so many things to see that you're bound to remember them. I spent quite some time sitting on the bench in front of one of the largest statues of Buddha Jayavarman VII. A very spiritual experience.....

Visited August 2012
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“Complementary to your visit to Angkor”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2012

I first visited this museum in 1995 and again in February of this year. How much had changed!
Although it is true that no photographs are allowed, part of the displays are facing the courtyard and photography is allowed there.

This museum was originally set up by the French School of Asian Studies (EFEO) in 1920 to store and research Cambodian art and history.
It has some amazing Hindu and Buddhist Khmer sculpture, some from the Angkor temples. You will recognize demon heads from Angkor Thom. While museums are a Western concept, the Cambodian Buddhist culture of today can not just regard a Buddha statue as a mere object, hence the ladies in the museum giving you flowers as an offering to Buddha. Your donation is a way of gaining merit. Visiting Cambodia is not just a visit of impressive monuments, but an opportunity to learn and appreciate the culture as well.
While visiting in February, there was a brand new exhibit of old photographs of Royal Ballet dancers, which had been recently discovered and digitized. These photographs, taken in 1927 by then museum director George Groslier, provide a unique and valuable body of documentary photography of an art form, which was almost wiped out during the Khmer Rouge period from 1975-1979.
Museums are always in flux, with more money becoming available, the museum displays are bound to change with time.

Visited February 2012
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“important must see”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2012

like the layout of the museum the central garden was peaceful and cooling. the collection of artefacts very interesting

Visited January 2012
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“Rich History but No pictures allowed”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2012

If you love history and reading about artifacts this is the place for you. However a lot of ´no pictures´signs so not much pictures could be taken here except the facade and architecture of the place. Tickets are USD3 each and children under 6 is free. Drinks are sold at USD1 each.

Visited October 2012
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“Lots of statues & history rich”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2012

In my personal opinion, you will see most of the important statues in Cambodia in this museum. You won't see many statues in the important temples in Siem Reap (SR) as most of them has been transported to this museum or SR museum to protect it from public looting. Take as much time as you need to appreciate each artifact there because once you left the museum you won't get to see it anywhere else. Taking photo at beautiful garden in the middle of the museum should be free (1 dollar charged) as we have paid for the entrance fee.

Visited October 2012
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