National Museum
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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This beautiful sandstone museum was opened in 1920 and showcases many fine examples of Angkor Wat statuary.
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1-2 hours
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Getaway549521
4 contributions
Oct 2022 • Solo
Don't waste your $10 and time unless you love crafts. Sadly, a total disappointment--no audio guide (like there's supposed to be), no tour guide was available then, and no descriptions of the objects (limited to things like "Pot"..."Bracelet" without any context), and nothing about Cambodian culture or history beyond crafts and statues. Can't pay with card either, which is surprising considering it's the national museum and even small cafes sometimes accept them. Tried to get a refund after being there only 15-20 minutes and no luck. Go get 20 draft beers and use Google instead.
Written 22 October 2022
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Greg S
Sydney, Australia1,586 contributions
Sep 2022 • Couples
The National Museum of Cambodia is the country’s largest museum of cultural history and is the country's leading historical and archaeological museum. Stunning grounds and artefacts!
Written 3 October 2022
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Frank Obeser
11 contributions
Mar 2022
unfortunately I visited after the pandemic and a lot was still closed and one wing of the museum was also under renovation. In any case, just one day is not enough, several days are not enough to see this wonderful history
Written 12 August 2022
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Jade N
Sydney, Australia68 contributions
Jun 2022 • Solo
I expected a lot more for a “national museum”. It felt more like an art museum, it was just a lot of sculptures with not a lot of info. I didn’t learn much about the culture or history of Cambodia. Very very very overpriced($10) for what you get. It was pretty though!
Written 30 June 2022
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nsl115
Singapore, Singapore1,155 contributions
Jun 2022 • Friends
Not air conditioned so dress light because it does get warm. Large rooms filled with many artefacts that are not very well curated so it gets monotonous after a while. Spend some time with the 2 maps that show the extent of the Khmer kingdom. It really almost filled the whole Indo-China area.
Written 22 June 2022
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Pietro M
Phnom Penh, Cambodia110 contributions
Jun 2022 • Friends
Contains a lot of different historical objects from around Cambodia. There are a couple plaques to help contextualize the significance of certain pieces, but for the most part it's a self guided experience without the audio guide.

I wish the attendant had mentioned the availability of a guide beforehand, as I found myself breezing through the museum in a little under an hour without the historical background.

May be a good rainy day activity to burn an hour or two, as there weren't too many standout exhibits in my opinion.
Written 14 June 2022
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Simona T
117 contributions
Aug 2021 • Couples
The National Museum would require some serious investments to become at the level of its' artefacts.
Despide these minuses, it'
Written 25 April 2022
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Aethelred
Cambridge, MA1,069 contributions
Mar 2022
because - and not inspite - it being on an open plan and not airconned; because of the amazing collection, featuring the largest number of sculptures of one of the leading civilizations aesthetically in human history (yea sorry); because I'm not bullied by museum-pedagogy interactive steles or too much text, but left alone with the art.

And if you find it's too expensive for a foreigner, or too uniform, or you need more info, once again: Get a heart and a brain and before you haven't, stay in Dubuque, Iowa.
Written 18 April 2022
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Luisa Medeiros
Singapore, Singapore49 contributions
Feb 2022 • Couples
Beautiful architecture, relatively small, giving a visit in about 1 hour. The exhibition allows a better understanding of the processes of assembling the sculptures and historical artifacts found in the temples of the Angkor Wat complex.
Written 20 February 2022
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Petula
2 contributions
Dec 2021
I love this Museum and my private tour guide. My tour guide connected ancient Egypt, Greece, and Hindustan to Khmer history. Everything connected perfectly!

Been to all the Smithsonian Museums in Washington, DC and have never seen a collection of Khmer artifacts and history in depth as this museum covers.
Even the British Museums or any museums in America, don't have artifacts and historical information plainly for the public as this Museum does.

If you have a keen interest in understanding facts, evidences, and the history of the Khmer people from pre-Khmer Empire, Chinese extracts of Thai/Siamese and Vietnamese invasion into the Khmer Empire, to communist occupation then you'll not be disappointed.
However, if your mind is boxed in Hollywood stereotypes and contempt for the Khmer people due to Communist propaganda and partiality to Chinese or foreign interpretation, then this Museum is not for you.

Certainly, those minds who are opened to understanding TRUTH will enjoy the visit to this magnificent Museum because small closed minds brewing on prejudice will never learn anything from a visit. By small minds, I mean those barking on the foreign fee (not expensive), having no regards for the poor Khmer people earning less than $150/month. Such pettiness and contempt make tourists in general look mean spirited, stupid, and RUDE. I am glad they don't bring in their mean spirited and pettiness into the Museum, where there are sacred artifacts. Let the right ones enter.

My mind has absolutely been enlarged and enriched from a visit.
Written 25 December 2021
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