National Museum

Attraction 13th St. | Between 178th and 184th Sts., Phnom Penh, Cambodia Published on: 13-11-2015

1 hours 30 mins
08:00 AM - 05:00 PM
09:00 AM
10:30 AM
First-time visit
Attraction
Landmark
Museum
Must see
Kids
Architecture
5.03 USD

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  • Highly recommended by fellow travellers.
The National Museum of Cambodia in Phnom Penh is Cambodia's largest museum of cultural history and is the country's leading historical and archaeological museum.

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Why National Museum is special ?

The museum houses one of the world's largest collections of Khmer art, including sculptural, ceramics, bronzes, and ethnographic objects. The Museum’s collection includes over 14,000 items, from prehistoric times to periods before, during, and after the Khmer Empire, which at its height stretched from Thailand, across present-day Cambodia, to southern Vietnam. The Museum buildings, inspired by Khmer temple architecture, were constructed between 1917 and 1924, the museum was officially inaugurated in 1920,and renovated in 1968.


What to explore at National Museum?

The Palace grounds contain several buildings: the Throne Room of Prasat Tevea Vinichhay which is used for the coronation of kings, official receptions and traditional ceremonies; the Chan Chhaya Pavilion which is a venue for dance performances; the king's official residence called the Khemarin; the Napoleon Pavilion and the spectacular Silver Pagoda. This pagoda is worth exploring. It owes its name to the 5,000 silver tiles weighing 1kg each which cover the entire floor. The emerald Buddha sits on a pedestal high atop the dias. In front of the dias stands a life-size Buddha made of solid gold and weighs 75kg. It is decked with precious gems including diamonds, the largest of which is 25 carats. Also on display at the sides are the coronation apparel and numerous miniature Buddha in gold and silver.


The walls surrounding the compound which is the oldest part of the palace, are covered with frescos depicting scenes from the Khmer version of the Ramayana. A visit to the markets and market halls is a must as they give an opportunity to be acquainted with the country's local produce and also to buy textiles, antiques, gold and silver jewellery. The four wings of the yellow coloured Central Market are teeming with numerous stalls selling gold and silver jewellery, antique coins, clothing, clocks, flowers, food, fabrics, shoes and luggage. For some good paintings or if you prefer antiques, head fro the Tuol Tom Poong Market also known as the Russian Market. A word of caution though: you need to sharpen your bargaining skills as the prices here can be outrageously high.


Source: http://www.tourismcambodia.com/

Selling points

  • “Small but interesting”
  • “Very nice history”
  • “Good museum for Khmer history”
  • “Wonderful performance”
  • “Impressive building”
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Duration
2.0 days
Estimated
61.41 USD
Total travel distance
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Number of places
4 places

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13th St. | Between 178th and 184th Sts., Phnom Penh, Cambodia

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Tips for you

  • Bathrooms are located downstairs near the main entrance.
    Toilet
  • The Museum store is located at the main entrance. Postcards, souvenirs, replica sculptures and books on a variety of art and culture topics are available.
    Shopping
  • Cloakroom facilities are available at the main entrance. Tourists leave large items and bags here.
    Things to do
  • Guided tours can be arranged for individuals or groups at the museum entrance.
    Service
  • Tours are available in Khmer, English, French and Japanese. A one hour group tour costs $3
    Service
  • Photography is not permitted within the museum galleries, but visitors are welcome to film or photograph the museum exterior and courtyard
    Photography
  • Smoking is not permitted inside the museum.
    Environment
  • Opening hours are from 8.00am until 5.00pm daily. Last admission tickets are sold at 4.30pm.
    Timming
  • Donations to the museum are greatly appreciated and donation boxes are located near the main entrance, or contact a member of staff.
    Other
  • The National Museum of Cambodia is located on Street 13 in central Phnom Penh, next to the Royal Palace.
    Location
  • The visitor’s entrance to the compound and the admissions ticket booth are at the corner of Streets 13 and 178.
    Ticket and Pricing

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FourSquare View more

One of the nicest museum of South-East Asia, beautiful open air atmosphere with gorgeous sculptures.

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Every body have TO c. GREAT TO be :)

TripAdvisor View more

it was good and experiential to know more about the Angkor wat artefacts that was exhibited at the museum.

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I had been there several time for individual and family visiting. there was quiet different from another museum and amazing to look. There have so many status of Khmer excellence pattern in various century of Cambodia. History of Cambodia also identify especially, there are indicate the way of ancient people lived and you can feel like you stay at old ancient. Visiting National Museum get a lot of benefits for visitor, save time, got to know to, amazing to see.

TripAdvisor View more

Objects from the whole history of Cambodia including some Bronze Age finds recently discovered. Some giant sculptures from Angkor Wat; good maps of the empire at its various extents.

TripAdvisor View more

I had been there several time for individual and family visiting. there was quiet different from another museum and amazing to look. There have so many status of Khmer excellence pattern in various century of Cambodia. History of Cambodia also identify especially, there are indicate the way of ancient people lived and you can feel like you stay at old ancient. Visiting National Museum get a lot of benefits for visitor, save time, got to know to, amazing to see.

FourSquare View more

One of the nicest museum of South-East Asia, beautiful open air atmosphere with gorgeous sculptures.

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