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Angkor National Museum
Angkor National Museum

Angkor National Museum

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968 Vithei, Charles De Gaulle, Siem Reap

The Basics

Gain entrance to the Angkor National Museum for a significant fee; children under 4 feet tall (1.2 meters tall) pay half price. Explore with a guide or independently. Audio guides are available in a range of languages for an additional charge. The museum is an occasional stop on Siem Reap city tours and multi-day tours of the Angkor sites, and you can also add it to your itinerary when booking a private guide or driver.

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Things to Know Before You Go

  • The Angkor National Museum is a must for history buffs and anyone who’d like to learn more about the Angkor era.

  • Although there are video and touchscreen displays, the museum is largely focused on sculpture and carving. It may be a little much for young children.

  • The museum is wheelchair-friendly, with wheelchairs available at the ticket booth.

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How to Get There

The Angkor National Museum is located on the main road north from Siem Reap to Angkor Wat, 3 miles (5 kilometers) south of the temple complex. There’s no public transport in Siem Reap, so your options are scooter, bicycle, vehicle charter, or an organized tour.

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When to Get There

The Angkor National Museum is open from morning to early evening seven days a week and is rarely crowded. The museum is fully air-conditioned, so some travelers spend the morning and afternoon touring temples but head here to beat the midday heat. If you’re exploring the Angkor sites without a guide, visit here first to put the history in context.

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A Walk Through the Angkor National Museum

Angkor National Museum tours start with a video introduction before you walk through the galleries in order. The Gallery of 1,000 Buddhas showcases religious sculpture; Gallery A introduces the beginnings of the Khmer Empire; Gallery B explores Angkorian beliefs; Gallery C profiles important kings; Gallery D and Gallery E focus on Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom; Gallery F examines stone inscriptions; and Gallery G highlights costume and dance.

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