National Museum Description:
The National Museum of Cambodia is the country’s finest repository of art and artifacts from the Khmer Empire that once ruled the area from present-day Thailand to southern Vietnam.
The museum is housed in an early 20th century colonial French interpretation of traditional Khmer architecture. George Groslier, the museum’s first curator, designed the building using Cambodian temples as a basis for his plans.
The National Museum of Cambodia is dived into four wings surrounding a lush central garden area. The galleries in each building are ordered chronologically with the leftmost pavilion’s displays showcasing sculptures from the era before the rise of Angkor Wat. Continuing clockwise around the compound, visitors can see the slow metamorphosis of Khmer art over the course of a millennium.
As one of the largest repositories of Buddhist and Hindu religious icons and artifacts in Cambodia, the National Museum has become an important center for Phnom Penh’s religious community. Orange robed Buddhist monks admiring the many ancient sculptures and offering prayers to Buddha statues are a common sight within the museum.
Best Time to Visit National Museum:
Cambodia’s best weather falls between December and May during the temperate dry season. High temperatures begin to blanket the land in June, and continue through November during the rainy season. During this time of the year, short bursts of heavy rainfall in the mornings or afternoons help cool the atmosphere considerably.
How to get to National Museum:
The National Museum of Cambodia is located just north of the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh. Guests on our luxury tours of Cambodia usually reach the area in a private vehicle as part of their tour of Phnom Penh.
National Museum Highlights:
The sculptures of the Khmer Empire are some of Southeast Asia’s most impressive works of art. The National Museum of Cambodia’s well curated displays of ancient artifacts should not be missed.
Western-style apparel is appropriate inside the museum.