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Cambodia Landmine Museum
Ranked #17 of 182 things to do in Siem Reap
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The Landmine Museum was founded by ex-child soldier Aki Ra as a way to tell the world about the horrors landmines had infilcted on his native Cambodia. He used the proceed to clear landmines wherever he could find them. In the process of clearing small, remote villages, he began bringing home wounded and orphaned children that he and his wife raised as their own, along side their own children. Today the Museum not only tells Aki Ra's unique history and the history of landmines in Cambodia, but it is also home to over two dozen abandoned, orphaned or destitute children. All are cared for, housed, fed, educated and given a future they would otherwise never have had.
Reviewed December 27, 2013

This is not a wow factor visit- this is to educate you all on what happened in Cambodia and the fact that no great power seemed to help them in any of the devastatuion that they endured- and indeed still do as the only way now that most of the remaining (many) landmines are found is when a farmer gets blown up...is is so sad to see and read...some of the foties are quite disturbing- but this really happened and these people are denied the justice that they truly deserve. Anotyher place is further in Seam Reap one of the modern temples which shows a casket of skulls as found in the countryside when the Khmer Rouge rounded up folk and murdered them by hitting them in the back of their heads with a bamboo pole- saving money on bullets...many of the skulls show the signs of being broken at their base...Cambodia is a beautiful country with many of its people such gentle and generous welcoming souls- but there are still many of the former Khmer rouge in power nowadays and they should be brought to justice for the horrors that were perpetrated.

Thank Rebecca M
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Reviewed December 27, 2013

This is a must visit museum. Just take the time to read and reflect. It is astounding how destructively creative man can be. I travelled here with my 14 year old son and there is nothing gruesome or celebratory about it. The displays of mines were not that exciting but the stories and impacts are very powerful. Well worth the beautiful tuk tuk ride!

Thank WeDoStuff
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Reviewed December 26, 2013

The history of Cambodia is powerful and tragic. The Landmine Museum helps to tall some of this story in a very human way. The story of the museum's founder - from former Khmer Rouge child solider to humanitarian is amazing. My 6 year old daughter was especially moved by the museum and wanted my wife and I to read all of the information to her. This is a short stop and should be a part of any trip to Siem Reap.

Thank Zach M
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Reviewed December 26, 2013

I don't know. It's a great resource, just not carried out very well. Lots of munitions in cabinets and landmines in an inaccessible pond but nothing particularly interactive.

Why not have some hidden landmines that set off a light, or others in various stages of dismantling.

What the guy has done in clearing landmines across Cambodia is extraordinary, as is providing proper support for victims, but the museum could be an awful lot better without a lot of effort.

Still, I recommend a visit.

Thank rb1414
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Bill M, Guest Relations Manager at Cambodia Landmine Museum, responded to this reviewResponded December 29, 2013

Thank you for your review. We are required by law to keep these items behind glass and away so that they cannot be handled. At our old museum one could pick them up and photograph themselves holding a real landmine. This is frowned on by the international community as these are not anything that should be picked up. At one time we had an instructional landmine lane in which a person could probe for defused mines. Unfortunately there are some who believed they were then trained as deminers, so we were required to close down the interactive lane.

We are working on some interactive digital programs. However they are expensive, and our funding is primarily used to care for the children in our care. Additionally, we have no electricity at the museum. All our power comes from solar panels and backup generators.

We are currently working to build an endowment that will insure the children at the museum can be cared for when the next GFC happens. When that is completed we will begin working on upgrading the exhibits at the museum. Incorporating interactive computer programs is not only expensive but requires constant maintenance. One of the children who graduated from the high school and lived at the museum is attending university now studying IT. We hop he can become our 'geek'.

Thank you for the rating though. I hjope you learned something about the problems the world still faces.

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Reviewed December 25, 2013

Our 3 children (6-13) spent more than an hour here and we found the visit very worthwhile as this museum puts much of Cambodia's recent history and current challenges in context.
You see maimed middle-aged people in the streets everyday and now I feel I am a little closer to understanding what they have had to endure.

Thank Linda N
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