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National Museum, Phnom Penh

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Learn about the nation's cultural history and examine some of its most notable archaeological finds at National Museum. Inspired by the traditional Khmer architecture, the museum was established in the 1920s on the western side of the Veal Preah Man square. The institution boasts a vast collection of sculptures, ceramics, ethnographic and religious items, and various objects dating back to the Khmer Empire. Immerse yourself in the Cambodian culture by taking a guided tour in English, French, Japanese, or the Khmer language. For travelers who use our world travel planner, Phnom Penh holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the National Museum and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • There’s a lot of beautiful art in this museum, but the museum itself is in terrible state of disrepair, the maintenance and upkeep has not been done at all, the one in Siem Reap is way better, I... 
    There’s a lot of beautiful art in this museum, but the museum itself is in terrible state of disrepair, the maintenance and upkeep has not been done at all, the one in Siem Reap is way better, I...  more »
  • Beautiful building and fantastic collection inside and in the courtyard. There's something for everyone, linga, yonis, Stellae, Buddhas, Vishnus, goddesses goldfish and it's not too big if you're a... 
    Beautiful building and fantastic collection inside and in the courtyard. There's something for everyone, linga, yonis, Stellae, Buddhas, Vishnus, goddesses goldfish and it's not too big if you're a...  more »
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  • While it's a small collection, it's worth your time (and price of admission and a guide) to spend a morning or afternoon here. The art on display is impressive and the guide gave a good explanation of why it mattered as well as an introduction to Khmer history and culture. The courtyard and the cafe are also good places to stop for a while. And you should check out the museum restaurant for lunch outside the building
  • I was absolutely mesmerized by the sculptures in the museum. There are enormous sculptures and different rooms filled with arts which reflect the different centuries. Visitors can put on headphones and listen about this distant time. Another reason why I recommend going to the museum is because they have very beautiful garden with fish ponds where you an actually feed the fishes. There also have big parking lots and a cafe for refreshments. To sum up, I would highly recommend visiting this gorgeous museum in the heart of Phnom Penh. The sculptures and the amazing architecture of the buildings are definitely a must-see.

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