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“national museum or run down building with piles of stones”
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National Museum
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Owner description: This beautiful sandstone museum was opened in 1920 and showcases many fine examples of Angkor Wat statuary.
Reviewed November 1, 2012

If you have been to Siem Reap, give this a miss and save you $3. Just rooms full of browkn statues removed from temples around cambodia. I was hoping for more on the history of the country. Instead it was just same old stones and little else. Very disappointing.

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Reviewed November 1, 2012 via mobile

This place is a beautiful building on the outside and houses some beautiful artifacts on the inside. Most things in it are pretty ancient but this makes them so interesting. There is a wide range on things ranging from statues from the temples of Angkor, to a boat cabin, to ancient jewelery and beautiful furniture. For $3 it is great!

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Reviewed November 1, 2012

The National Museum houses the world's most comprehensive collection of Khmer sculpture, as well as many of the stelae that have been crucial in reconstructing ancient Khmer history. The collection is housed in a beautiful single-story building constructed around a central courtyard, and it is a wonderful place to stroll and relax - quite apart from the magnificent exhibits!
There is also a very informative display that describes restoration work on the Angkor temples, and the damage that has been done to stone structures over the centuries.
One of the frustrations of the otherwise magnificent Angkor site is that only stone structures remain: the houses and other buildings of a once thriving city were made of wood and have since vanished without trace. Another frustration is that virtually all the sculptures that were once the focal points of temples have been removed - either looted, destroyed, or brought to the National Museum! For me, this makes a visit to the museum essential.
I don't usually care for video exhibitions, but I found the 'Life in Ancient Angkor' video, which runs silently and continually in one of the exhibition rooms, very informative. In particular, it helps one picture what the Angkor site might have looked like at the time of the building of the great temples, and how very different it appears today.
I visited the Angkor site before coming to Phnom Penh, and I returned for a second visit after having seen the sculptures in this museum. One of the most striking sculptures - the giant 'Reclining Vishnu' bronze - was found during excavations at the West Mebon temple site on the West Barray lake outside Siem Reap: I had skipped the West Mebon temple on my first visit to Angkor, but having seen the sculpture I subsequently visited the temple - and this beautiful island sanctuary (with the Reclining Vishnu at the heart of it) suddenly made complete sense.

Thank TiggerInIndia
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Reviewed October 31, 2012

The National Museum in Phnom Penh is well worth a visit if you want to see close up the originals of many statues from the Angkor Wat region and elsewhere in Cambodia, many dating from the 9th or 10th centuries onwards. It is well laid out, around a peaceful courtyard where you can rest if you start to fade.

I spent close to two hours there. Some of the best pieces, I found, were the small bronze scuptures in the window cabinets. It is a must-visit if you are into Angkor and Khmer history.

Thank ChristoforoM
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Reviewed October 30, 2012

It's a big collection of all the Khmer sculptures. There are a lot of figures and statues of different Gods in both Hindu and Buddhism and dated since early time of the Empire of Khmer. It is worth to see those I would recommend.

Thank Chhaya T
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