The National Museum holds an amazing collection of national relics and antiques, together with fine Khmer sculptures and beautiful gardens.
The National Museum in Phnom Penh has one of the largest collections of Khmer artifacts in Cambodia. The architecture of the museum building itself is fascinating.
The museum is located at Preah Ang Eng Street 13, a mere 5-minute tuk-tuk ride from the city centre of Phnom Penh.
Opening Days and Hours
The National Museum opens daily from 08:00 to 17:00.
Entry Fee and Bookings
The entry fee is USD 5 for foreigners and KHR 500 (USD 0.12) for Cambodians. Children and school groups are free. Audio tours are available for an additional fee.
How to Get There
Most visitors get to the site either by tuk-tuks or taxi. Walking is viable for visitors staying nearby.
The National Museum makes a good sight-seeing spot for architecture fans and visitors seeking for a cultural experience. It suits visitors consisting of small groups of friends, solo travelers, young couples, and backpackers.
Time to Spend
You will need about 1- 2 hours to see the entire museum.
Popularity and Best Time to Go
Mondays are usually busier than other days and the museum is usually more crowded in the afternoons. If you would like to avoid the crowd, you should visit early in the morning.
The museum is perfect for learning and appreciating the rich Khmer culture and history. The audio tours are also helpful in understanding the exhibits in the museum. Occasionally, special exhibits are available in addition to the permanent exhibits.
You can find a small snack bar within the National Museum premises. A wide selection of eateries that offer good authentic, local cuisine are also available within close proximity. Alternatively, you may grab a meal at one of the cafés and bistros nearby.
The museum is within walking distance to the Silver Pagoda (5 minutes) and Royal Palace of Phnom Penh (10 minutes). You may also be interested to go for the river cruise along Sisowath Quay, which is about 15 minutes away by tuk-tuk.
Various accommodation options are available for budget, mid-range, and luxury travelers located in Phnom Penh city.
Good to Know
It is important to know that photography is not permitted within the museum galleries.