National Museum of Cambodia

The National Museum of Cambodia is a must-visit attraction for anyone interested in Cambodian culture and history. Located in the capital city of Phnom Penh, this museum features an impressive collection of artifacts and artworks from different periods of Cambodia’s rich past.

As you enter the museum, you’ll be greeted by stunning displays of pottery and bronze artifacts dating back to the pre-Angkorian periods of Funan and Chenla (4th to 9th centuries). These intricate pieces offer a glimpse into the early civilizations that laid the foundation for Khmer culture.

Moving on to the central courtyard, you’ll find yourself surrounded by breathtaking examples of Khmer architecture, including the iconic four-faced statues known as “The Smile of Angkor”. Please note that photography is not allowed inside the museum, but feel free to capture the beauty of the central courtyard.

For a more in-depth experience, you can opt for a guided tour of the National Museum.



The National Museum of Cambodia was built between 1917 and 1920 by French colonial authorities. Its graceful terracotta structure is a sight to behold. Its manicured courtyard garden just north of the royal palace offers a serene escape from the bustling city streets. Throughout its history, the museum has undergone several renovations and expansions. Making more room to house the growing collection of Khmer sculptures and other precious objects you see today.

History enthusiasts will be fascinated by the National Museum of Cambodia’s inspired structure. And its unique French colonial roots. The museum pays tribute and appreciation to Cambodia’s culture and heritage. Raising awareness and aiming to educate and inspire its visitors on a journey through the past. So they can understand the present.


Visitors can spend hours exploring the vast collection of over 14,000 items. Each showcases the evolution of Khmer art and culture in its unique way. Some of the most notable highlights include a stunning statue of King Jayavarman VII and masterpieces from the Angkor period. And intricate pieces of jewelry & ceramics.

The beauty outside the museum is just as special as inside. Take a stroll through the central courtyard. And, you’ll find breathtaking examples of Khmer architecture as well. An array of statues make for a great photo memory of your visit. Among the statues, you will find the iconic four-faced statue known as “The Smile of Angkor”.

Next, venture through the Bronze Gallery to see the unique bronze-casting methods. These were practices used during the Ankorian period. Making it an interesting lesson in how sculptures and statues were made. And, just next to the Bronze Gallery is a rare collection of post-Angkorian-era Buddha images as well. Continue your journey into the 6th century, and take time to look at the selection of sandstone sculptures exhibited.

For a more immersive experience, guests can opt for a guided tour. With a choice of English, French, Spanish, and Japanese-speaking guides available. A range of visitors from far and wide can learn more about the history and significance of each artifact as you explore the museum.


The National Museum is conveniently located near the Novotel Phnom Penh BKK 1. So it is a great hotel option when visiting Phnom Penh for business, leisure, or a bit of both.

The National Museum of Cambodia is located just a 7-minute drive away from the hotel, making it a convenient and exciting destination for guests to visit during their stay. A must-visit for anyone wanting to learn more about Cambodian culture and history. The Cambodia Museum features an interesting collection of artifacts and artworks from different periods of Cambodia’s rich past.

When you stay at this hotel near the National Museum of Cambodia you can enjoy a choice of 254 rooms & suites. Each features a stylish design and modern amenities you can’t live without. Stay with an in-room safe, individually controlled air-conditioning, large flat-screen TV, and coffee/tea facilities. And inspired bathrooms to recharge after a day of exploring.

All rooms and suites also feature free Wi-Fi so you can stay connected on the go. For a truly special experience, upgrade to our Executive rooms. These floors give you access to our Executive Lounge and its exclusive benefits. Wake up to daily breakfast buffet. Take time to enjoy afternoon tea. And, toast to evening cocktails. The Executive rooms also offer a deluxe bathtub, and an in-room coffee machine to start your day right.

Take time between meetings, or make a day of it. When visiting the National Museum of Cambodia don’t forget to put aside at least 1.5 hours to fully explore the exhibits. When you’re staying at Novotel Phnom Penh, our friendly staff will be happy to assist with any arrangements or recommendations for a smooth and memorable visit.

And after a day of cultural immersion, return to the comfort and convenience of our hotel for a rejuvenating night’s sleep. Book your stay with us now and discover all that Phnom Penh has to offer. Including its proximity to the National Museum of Cambodia.

The National Museum is just one example of the many cultural attractions located near Novotel Phnom Penh BKK 1 hotel. Our central location makes it the perfect base for exploring all that Phnom Penh has to offer. After a big day out, you can return to our modern and comfortable hotel. Find the ideal space to relax and recharge for the next day’s adventures. Don’t forget to book your stay with us now and discover the wonders of Phnom Penh and its rich history. So why wait? Book your stay at Novotel Phnom Penh BKK 1

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