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Museum Guide for Siem Reap

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The city has a small number of interesting museums that not only showcase Cambodia's cultural history but also its unique wildlife, which includes many protected species. Enjoy the view of the countryside and rice paddies as you venture out to some of the great museums that lie waiting beyond the city lines.

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  • Friends
  • Couples
  • Family
  • History Buff
  • Thrifty Traveller

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6 Places

Angkor National Museum

Speciality Museums

Cambodia Landmine Museum

Speciality Museums

Banteay Srey Butterfly Centre

Nature & Wildlife Areas

War Museum Cambodia

Military Museums

Angkor Silk Farm

Farms

Artisans Angkor

Gift & Speciality Shops, Factory Tours

Nico W's City Tips

  • It's good manners to leave a bit extra for staff at a sit-down restaurant, even though it's not expected in Cambodia.
  • Take an inexpensive tuk-tuk or motorized taxi to get around the city. Trips to the museums farther out will cost more, but hiring a tuk-tuk for a whole day is a good-value option.
  • At temples, local villages or pagodas, wear clothes that cover your shoulders and knees to be respectful.
  • Do not touch someone's head as it is considered to be the most sacred part of the body.
  • Do not point your feet at an older person or a monk when you are sitting facing them. Sit with your legs behind you.
  • Remove your shoes before entering someone's home.
  • Ask permission before taking a picture of someone, especially a monk. You can say "Som tot?" which means "Picture please?"
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    Angkor National Museum
    Speciality Museums
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    Nico W Says:

    Even if you're in Siem Reap for just a few days, take a few hours to learn more about the history of the Khmer Kingdom and its Golden Era. You'll learn about the history through the restored artifacts and multimedia presentations on display here, helping you to more fully appreciate the monumental achievements of the empire. (Try and visit the museum before you visit the temples to better appreciate the significance of the rich Khmer history.)

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    Tips
    • You can make a group reservation in advance for a guided tour.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #19 of 179 things to do in Siem Reap
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A must when visiting Angkor Wat 29/04/2017
    • Angkor National Museum 27/04/2017
    • Angkor National Museum
    Address:
    968 Vithei Charles de Gaulle Blvd
    Khrum 6
    Siem Reap
    Cambodia
    Phone:
    +855 63 966 601
    Other:
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    Cambodia Landmine Museum
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    Nico W Says:

    Many visitors do not know the story of the inspiring Aki Ra, an ex-child soldier of the Khmer Rouge era. He has dedicated his life to making Cambodia landmine-free and this museum educates visitors about the history and impact of landmines in the country. The money from your entrance fee supports dozens of at-risk youths and landmine-affected children, too.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Thrifty Traveller
    Tips
    • Contact Bill Morse via their website to see if he will be at the museum during your visit. He can tell you first-hand stories of the de-mining team's work.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #16 of 179 things to do in Siem Reap
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Landmine Museum - Siem Reap 29/04/2017
    • This is real !!! 28/04/2017
    • Cambodia Landmine Museum
    Address:
    Angkor National Park, 7km south of Banteay Srey Temple
    Siem Reap
    Cambodia
    Phone:
    885 012 630 446
    Other:
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    Banteay Srey Butterfly Centre
    Nature & Wildlife Areas
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    Nico W Says:

    If you didn't know much about butterflies before, by the end of this visit, you will be fully versed on their full life cycle. This tranquil sanctuary is the perfect break from the city center, and you can really take your time here, staying to enjoy lunch at the site. The revenue from your visit also generates income for local people in the community and conservation projects.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Family
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Stop by this area on the way back from the temples, especially if you've already paid for your tuk-tuk for the day!
    • If you don't feel like eating onsite, you can eat at one of the small restaurants on the route back to Siem Reap.
    • If you have kids, there is a great swing set here for them to play on.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #37 of 179 things to do in Siem Reap
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Butterfly heaven 29/04/2017
    • If you're interested in wildlife 28/04/2017
    • Banteay Srey Butterfly Centre
    Address:
    Sanday Village
    Siem Reap
    Cambodia
    Phone:
    +855 97 852 7852
    Other:
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    War Museum Cambodia
    Military Museums
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    Nico W Says:

    This is an overlooked museum that is a must-visit for the first-hand stories you can hear from its guides, all of whom are miraculous survivors of the 1970s war. In addition to their heart-wrenching stories, they will explain how each weapon in the museum was used (and all of them are real). One of the guides said he wanted to educate people about the war with the hope of preventing anything similar from happening in the future —needless to say, this is a good cause to support.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Senior
    • Thrifty Traveller
    Tips
    • Take a 10-minute tuk-tuk ride from the city center to get to the museum.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #22 of 179 things to do in Siem Reap
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Good display about the tragedy of conflict 27/04/2017
    • Small but interesting 26/04/2017
    • War Museum Cambodia
    Address:
    Kaksekam Village, Sra Nge Commune
    Siem Reap
    Cambodia
    Phone:
    +855 97 457 8666
    Other:
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    Angkor Silk Farm
    Farms
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    Nico W Says:

    The helpful guides here at the silk farm explain the entire process of how silk is made, from the growth of the mulberry trees to the preparation of the silk threads, to weaving. You'll watch the artisans hard at work in each phase of this meticulous process, using the traditional machines. At the end of the tour, you can browse the high-quality silk products, before ending your visit with a refreshing shake or ice cream.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Thrifty Traveller
    Tips
    • Reserve this free tour before 10 am at the Artisans Angkor site (on the road just off Sivatha Boulevard by the roundabout). One van leaves daily in the morning and the afternoon.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #18 of 179 things to do in Siem Reap
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • So impressive 28/04/2017
    • Informative and fascinating 26/04/2017
    • Angkor Silk Farm
    Address:
    Airport Road
    Puok District
    Siem Reap 17259
    Cambodia
    Phone:
    +855 63 555 5768
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    08:00 - 17:00
    Other:
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    Artisans Angkor
    Gift & Speciality Shops, Factory Tours
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    Nico W Says:

    This fantastic social business is reviving Khmer traditional arts and crafts, while employing over 1,300 people, many of whom are in rural areas. Enjoy this wonderful free tour and watch the artists working on their beautiful crafts, before browsing the impressive finished products in the gift shop.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Thrifty Traveller
    Tips
    • While you're here, book another free tour to the Angkor Silk Farm, about 10km from the city center.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 103 Shopping in Siem Reap
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Very informative 28/04/2017
    • Top quality 28/04/2017
    • Artisans Angkor
    Address:
    Stung Thmey Street
    Siem Reap 17259
    Cambodia
    Phone:
    +855 63 963 330
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    07:30 - 18:30
    Other:
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