National Museum, Phnom Penh

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    National Museum of Cambodia

    by AlbuqRay Updated Apr 9, 2009

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    I really just had one day to see downtown Phnom Penh before heading out to the PIO schools; however, the Fancy Guesthouse was in a great location for a walking tour. The ticket office entrance to the National Museum of Cambodia (northeast corner) was just three blocks away. I did not go inside but I must say the exterior is quite impressive. There is a large park in front of the museum (toward the river). There were a few boys playing soccer there in an area that was actually sand. One of the videoclips was taken here. You may see where the "fixer-upper" is located in it. The museum is open from 08:00 - 17:00 seven days a week and the entrance fee is $3.00 for foreign visitors (500 riel or ~$0.12 for Cambodians). One hour group tours cost $3.00. Please note that the new national museum in Siem Reap is called the Angkor National Museum.

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    National Museum of Arts, Phnom Penh

    by chizz Written Jul 24, 2008

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    The national Museum of Arts is housed in an impressive building and displays sculptures, statues and artifacts from Cambodia's past. Has a central garden which is picturesque. Guides can be hired at the entrance.

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    The National Museum

    by kenningst Written May 28, 2008

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    Once I stepped into this museum, it really reminds me of the national museum in Jakarta including the artifacts and set-up. Entrance fees of USD3 gives you access to years and years of Khmer history, culture and art. I was particularly amazed by the amount of statues that they are able to find and preserve until this present day. Be prepared to spend at least 2 hours in this place even if you are not a history buff.

    Open everyday from 8.00am till 5.00p.m.

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    Disappointing visit!

    by Lunaina Written May 3, 2008

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    Housed in an airy, traditional style building finished in 1920, is the archaeological collection of the National Museum. The collection features Khmer artifacts including large statues of deities, pre-Angkorian pottery and Brahmanist stone phalluses called lingas.

    The museum looks old and not well looked after, the inside garden is nice, but the exhibits aren't well exposed. I was a bit disappointed.

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    THE NATIONAL MUSEUM

    by Tedsocoa Written Apr 2, 2008

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    When you should like to learn more about the history of Cambodia and the Kmer people, than a visit to the National Museum is extremely interesting. You will discover, that the Kmer Kingdom covered in the 12 and 13 century a great part of Vietnam and the actual Thailand.
    Moreover you can admire splendid old Kmer stonecarvings, reminding you on Angkor Wat.
    The interior court is beautifull arranged with trees, fountains and flowers.

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    National Museum

    by pehsan Written Mar 16, 2008

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    if you have time and haven't been to Angkor Wat, you may pay this museum a visit. it located at the north of Royal Palace. it house the world's finest collection of Khmer sculpture.

    Admission fee: USD3
    Opening hour: 8am - 5pm
    **Photography is prohibited

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    History lesson

    by traceyspacey Updated Jan 10, 2008
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    Plenty of Sculptures from the Angkor period. This museum has been brought back to life after the Khmer Rouge pretty much destroyed it. The building itself is worth looking at (no Grey buildings here). There is a lot of information about what happened to Cambodia's artifacts and the people who helped to get them back to the museum. There are also paintings from Cambodia's most famous artist and information on his life. Another victim of the Khmer Rouge. 3 Dollars entry and at least 5 opportunities to make a donation.

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    An Introduction to Angkor Wat

    by yellowbell Written Aug 5, 2007

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    The National Museum provides a good introduction to the Angkor Wat in Siem Reap as there were lots of sculptures which belong to Pre-Angkor and Angkor periods. Sculptures of Naga (serpent), Shiva, Apsaras (celestial beings) and other Hindu gods can be seen.

    Entrance Fee - $ 3
    Open 8 am- 5 pm
    Camera and videos are allowed inside if you pay a certain amount. You can take a picture of the outer and inner courtyard without paying a fee.

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    by mke1963 Written Feb 7, 2007

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    The National Museum is a wonderfully relaxing place, somehow secluded from the rush of modern-day Phnom Penh. However, the collection is really just that: a collection of Khmer art down the centuries in rather dusty cabinets and almost no explanations or displays save for the rather uninformative labels. There are several guidebooks to the museum on sale at the front desk, but even these are dry and require a lot of pre-existing knoweldge of South East Asian, Buddhist, Hindu and Khmer art.
    There is a huge amount to see in each of the galleries surrounding the garden courtyard, and It is all massed together, so it's all rather intimidating and heavy going.

    Despite this, the National Museum is very well worth-while and gives an overview of Khmer art - especially with regards to stone sculpture.

    Entrance is US$3 with an additional US$1 for takng photographs (although in the cortyard only) and it is also worth contributing a few dollars to the collection box of HeritageWatch, the important Cambodian Cultural Heritage NGO.

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    Amazing Artefacts of Khmer History

    by thedouglas Written Apr 23, 2006

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    This particular national museum was excellent, and housed a large number of sculptures from Angkorian and preAngkorian eras. Even having been to Angkor Wat, these were an impressive sight - and the statue of Jayavarman VII was huge and imposing. There were also an interesting number of displays of smaller items, such as ceramics and bronzes, specimens dating from as early as the 4th century. Well worth the visit!

    Cost of entry in US$2, and I have stated in another tip, to read the fine print and be aware that if you pay the additional $1, you can only take pictures in the central garden!

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    National Museum

    by mary2u99 Written Apr 6, 2006

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    The museum was built in traditional Cambodian style. Its have a beautiful green, fresh looking garden with water and in the middle of it all is the legendary statue of the 'Leper King'. The are many Angkor era statues here.

    When we were there it was raining so it was nice to sit on the many benches and just relax and hear the rain on the roof. It is also a nice place to rest our tired feet.
    The Museum is open from 8.00am - 5.00pm daily. Entry fee: US$3.00

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    Conocer mejor Camboya-Better understanding...

    by elpariente Updated Feb 11, 2006

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    El museo , terminado en 1920, tiene un jardin central y alrededor de el se encuentran las cuatro salas en las que hay figuras de la epoca pre-angkoriana y de la angkoriana asi como una coleccion de Budas
    Esun museo muy interesante
    Es curioso porque no tiene cristales en las ventana , no tiene puertas y esta completamente abierto , con lo cual es fresco en la epoca de calor
    Tenia fama de que habia murcielagos en el techo antes de que lo renovaran, pero yo tengo que decir que no vimos ninguno .
    Parece ser que como no era ecologicamente correcto acabar con los murci?lagos decidieron poner un doble techo con lo cual aunque siguen anidando en el museo ya no se los ve ni a ellos ni a sus secuelas

    The museum , finished on 1920 , has a central garden and around of it there are four courtyards where there are pre-angkorian and angkorian figures as a Buddha images collection
    It is a very interesting museum
    It is curious because it has not glasses on the windows , no doors , and it is completly open , so it will be fresh during the hot season.
    They said that there were bats on the roof before they did a roof remodelling, but I must say that I did not see any
    It seems that as it was not ecologically correct to finish with the bats , they decided to put a double roof , so though they continue nesting there you do not see them nor their consequences

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    by euzkadi Updated Oct 21, 2005

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    This beautiful museum, built in 1918, has the best collection of Kmer art in all southeast Asia. Great statues, specially one of the king Jayavarman the 7th. In the middle of the museum, surrounded by gardens it´s possible to see the original statue of Yama from the Lepper King terrace brought from Angkor Thom. In front of the museum you will see two great statues of elephants taken from the french embassy during the war.

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    The National Museum

    by Tina-Perth Updated Jul 29, 2005

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    The centre courtyard of the Museum

    The National Museum was definitely worth a visit. I think I enjoyed this the most out of everything in Phnom Penh - apart from the powerful and sad Tuol Sleng and the Killing Fields (not that I enjoyed them, they were just well worth visiting).

    Over 5,000 objects are on display including Angkorian statues and other artifacts of the era. The legendary statue of the ‘Leper King’ is also on display. There really are some beautiful pieces here. Unfortunately there isn't that much information on some of the items.

    Once again, you are not allowed to take photographs inside the Museum or of any of the pieces which extend into the garden area. I asked why and apparently it's because they are afraid you will sell your pictures and make money from them. Books and souvenirs are available for sale at the Museum at quite good prices.

    We bought a beautiful souvenir piece here which we found to be the best price of all the things we'd seen in Phnom Penh. For US$35 we got the lovely head of King Jayavarman VII which is quite big. I think he has one of the most beautiful faces I have seen and I love it!

    The Museum is open from 8.00am - 5.00pm daily.

    Entry fee: US$3.00

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  • grand statues

    by nikkipascual Updated Jun 10, 2005

    a must-do for travellers to cambodia is to visit their national musem. it houses great buddha images from angkor wat.

    a warning though - if you're afraid of bats this is not the place to go. hundreds of bats live in the museum. bat's flying out at dusk is a sight to see.

    on the downside - the place of course reeks of bat manure. try to get one of the garlands of flowers being sold/given away to visitors. you can smell the flowers to cover the stench.

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