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National Museum of Cambodia
National Museum of Cambodia

National Museum of Cambodia

13 Street and 178 Street, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

The Basics

To understand Cambodia’s history, a visit to the National Museum is essential. Travelers can combine a visit to the museum with other Phnom Penh sights, such as the Independence Monument and the Royal Palace on a full- or half-day tour. Independent travelers can save up to an hour waiting in line by booking skip-the-line admission. However, exploring the museums with a guide allows you to head straight to the highlights of the 14,000-strong collection.

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6-Day Cambodia Tour to Angkor Wat from Phnom Penh by Air
6-Day Cambodia Tour to Angkor Wat from Phnom Penh by Air
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$1,295.00 per adult
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The 2 destinations i went to were...
The 2 destinations i went to were well chosen. i wish we could have included a couple more activities in the afternoons: like cooking shows or mine museum - i had an extra couple of days that helped - the markets in Siem reap are awesome to shop for gifts. the guide we had was very knowledgeable and helped in booking other activities. the taxi that was prepaid did not show on my last day. that was my only complaint and i had to pay extra to get to airport.
Lakshmi W, Dec 2015

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The National Museum is a must-see for history buffs and culture vultures.

  • If visiting without guide, be sure to put aside at least 1.5 hours to enjoy the collection.

  • There is a small admission fee. Travelers can arrange a 1-hour group tour of the museum for an additional fee.

  • The museum is wheelchair accessible.

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How to Get There

The museum is located on Street 13 in central Phnom Penh, near the Royal Palace. Visitors can enter at the corner of Streets 13 and 178. You can also visit the museum as part of a guided tour and avoid the stress of getting lost in Cambodia’s busy capital.

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When to Get There

The museum is open daily from 8am to 5pm. If you want to beat the crowds, arrive as early as possible and admire the exhibits in relative tranquility.

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Museum Highlights

As you make your way around the museum, look for ancient highlights that include an 8-armed statue of the Hindu god Vishnu from the sixth century, a giant pair of wrestling monkeys that date back to the 10th century, and a 12th-century stone inscribed with intricate scenes from the life of Shiva.

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