National Museum of Art – Phnom Penh

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Housing the most extensive collection of Khmer Art in the world is the National Museum of Cambodia which is ideally located in Phnom Penh. It has earned a reputation as the country’s foremost archaeological and historical museum. The museum was designed according to typical Khmer-style during the period of 1917 to 1920 and was the mastermind of a renowned and professional French architect.

The unique rust red National Museum of Cambodia is positioned in close proximity to the Royal Palace. Built according to traditional Cambodian style, the building that houses the museum is an impressive terra cotta roofed structure. The highlights of the National Museum of Cambodia are the sculptures from the Angkor era and pre Angkor era. The museum boasts of nearly 5000 objects that are on display for public viewing. One of the most noted exhibits is the famous statue of the ‘Leper King.’ Other notable features include lingas and other important statues from the Angkorian era.

Although major emphasis is focused upon the extensive collection of artifacts from the Angkorian era and pre Angkorian era, the museum is also home to numerous artifacts and relics from later periods. Among them are the Buddha figures of post-Angkorian era.

It is regarded best to visit the National Museum of Cambodia after touring the Angkor Archaeological Park in Siem Reap which gives greater insights on Angkorian artefacts. Except for Mondays, the museum is open for public viewing throughout the week and it is opened daily from 7 am to 11.30 am and 2 pm to 5 pm. Facilities include multilingual tour guides, souvenirs and books. Boasting of a large number of local art galleries, Street 178 which is also known as the Artist’s Street borders the National Museum of Cambodia.

Travelers can easily plan their stay at a nearby Phnom Penh hotel and further explore Cambodia’s Leading museum.

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