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Why War Museum is special ?
Displaying a wide variety of battlefield military hardware and equipment used in the wars in Cambodia over the last three decades of the 20th century. Heavy armor including T-54 tanks, anti-aircraft guns, artillery pieces, rocket launchers, APCs and piles of disarmed mines, bombs and shells. Interesting collection of (disarmed) small arms that you can handle.
What to explore at War Museum?
The War Museum in Siem Reap is the only War Museum in Cambodia. It offers visitors a unique and insightful view of the perils that Cambodia faced during the last 3 decades of the 20th century. It gives also visitors an excellent opportunity to learn more about what actually occured during Cambodia’s ‘war years’.
– It has a unique collection, you will also be able to see war machines like the tank T-54, the jet fighter aircraft MiG-19, the helicopter Mil Mi-8 and the field artillery gun 85-mm divisional gun D-44. Before used in Cambodia, some of these war machines have even seen action during World War II. Among the collection there are also many sorts of landmines and rare photographs from the defined period of time in Cambodia.
– You can take a free guide to lead you around. Each of the guides has his own unique background, e.g. a landmine victim and war veterans. Therefore, not only they could tell you about the last 3 decades of the 20th century history of Cambodia and about the collection of the museum, but also about their personnal experiences during the defined period of time.
– You can hold small arms, from a M16 or a AK-47 (Kalashnikov) till a machine gun like the Browning Automatic Rifle (BAR). You can even hold a rocket launcher! Before used in Cambodia, some of these guns have even seen action during World War II.
- Simple yet meaningful
- An introduction to Killing Fields
- Amazingly Sad History
- An Eye Opener
- Important place to visit
Siem Reap War Museum Siemréab Cambodia
Tips for you
I didn't expect a casual tour ended up as a very heartbreaking, eye opening and touching tour. Important for you to go through this museum with a guide. They provide for free, war veterans, who can talk you through the history first hand. I felt like watching a live documentary listening to his story and all the objects there came to live and meaningful suddenly. You will come out grateful of not living through the atrocities of war. Do tip the guide, as veterans many of them lost leg and or sight so not having other options of work.