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Reviewed 23 May 2016

I've lead many groups of people on trips to the temples around Siem Reap, and I always start our adventure with a stop to this museum. If you give yourself an hour here, you'll at least have a basic understanding of the history of the Khmer Empire.

The museum has several floors, and my advice is to start at the top, and then work your way down. There is a nice gift shop on the bottom level. There is also a bathroom you can use before you head off to the temples.

They will ask you to check in any backpack or large purse, so I recommend keeping valuables on your person.

-- John Shors, bestselling author of Temple of a Thousand Faces: A Novel of Angkor Wat

Date of experience: February 2016
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Reviewed 23 May 2016 via mobile

We haven't seen the temples yet but went to the museum today, I'm glad he did because we got a good amount of information, background and history on the cultural significance of the temples as well as Hinduism and Buddhism in general.

The $12 USD ticket and $3 USD audio book were well worth it, the audio book in particular gives you much more in depth stories about each section. The audio book and the multimedia presentations and that of the exhibitions tend to overlap and repeat themselves quite a lot, we found ourselves speeding up through the last 2-3 sections after dawdling and soaking in the first 5-6 section taking us over 3 hours.

Date of experience: May 2016
Thank Adam R
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Reviewed 22 May 2016 via mobile

New facility is well designed for the collection and offers a nice overview of the objects / architecture in the ruins. Do not think this small museum in any way replaces journeying to the Wats. There are several films throughout which provides interesting information on specific topics or locations. The museum story is large and has a wide selection with interesting books. There is a small coffee and juice cart but no proper cafe. I wouldn't say this is a "Must" during your visit to Siem Reap, but it is a good stop one afternoon when you get back from exploring the countryside.

Date of experience: May 2016
Thank JanneKH
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Reviewed 21 May 2016

Visited the museum and was very impressed with the information,layout,videos and artifacts. Should be visited before going to temples to enhance your understanding of the temples.

Date of experience: May 2016
Thank welove2travel62
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Reviewed 21 May 2016

Sublime to see so many buddha statues. The hall of 1000 buddhas is a must see/visit when in Siem Reap.
Having travelled much its nice to see a country with a museum that showcases its own history instead of artifacts plundered/robbed from other countries. Well done Cambodia!

Date of experience: May 2016
Thank ozbozcoz
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