13 Museums in Siem Reap You Should Visit

Brimming with history, cultural diversity and literature, Cambodia has much to share. The museums of Phnom Penh highlight the natural, cultural and historical diversity of Cambodia. Some museums focu (Read More)s on textile, some on art, some focus on new-age designs and showpieces by Cambodia artists while there are some which tell the wartime history of Cambodia.

Here is the list of 13 13 Museums in Siem Reap You Should Visit

1. Angkor National Museum

Angkor National Museum
4.2 /5

Angkor National Museum located in Siem Reap in Cambodia houses artefacts of the Khmer empire that ruled for more than seven centuries. Comprising of state-of-the-art multimedia technology, this Thai owned private gallery opened in 2007. Angkor National Museum spreads over 20,000 square meters and is home to more than 8000 relics including many statues of Buddha and Hindu Gods.

Timings : May - September: 8.30 AM - 6:00 PM, October - April: 8:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Entry Fee : Adult: 48600 Riel (12 USD), Child under 1.2m: 24300 Riel (6 USD)

2. War Museum Cambodia

War Museum Cambodia

Housing a number of equipment, possessions, memorabilia, arms and weapons, this well-maintained military museum is the only War Museum in Cambodia. The artifacts belong to the era of Khmer rule and conflicting times in Kampuchea along with an extensive evidence collection of bombs, landmines, tanks, guns and bullets from the cold war era. The museum is vast with details from the Cambodian Civil War and other relative information to help visitors understand Cambodian history and the struggles of people.

Timings: Daily 8 AM to 5:30 PM
Entry Fee: 20155 Riel (5 USD), Cambodian Citizens - 4031 Riel (1 USD) (Only cash, no cards accepted)
Time Required: 30 minutes to 1 hour

3. Cambodia Landmine Museum

Cambodia Landmine Museum
3.8 /5

The Cambodia Landmine Museum and Relief Facility is a museum located in Angkor National Park close to Banteay Srey Temple complex in Siem Reap, Cambodia. As a result of decades of wars, including the Khmer Rouge regime and genocide, American and Vietnamese occupations, there were millions of undetonated landmines spread across the country. Plenty of them are still active in all parts of the country, due to which hundreds of civilians are injured or killed every day.

Timings: 7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Time Required: 2 to 3 hours
Entry Fee: 20,250 Riel (5 USD)

4. Preah Norodom Sihanouk-Angkor Museum

Preah Norodom Sihanouk-Angkor Museum

The two-storeyed museum is a well-maintained joint effort with the Japanese government to retain and restore the rich cultural heritage of the Angkor period. The Hindu and Buddha treasures found during archaeological excavations are well-preserved and kept on an elaborate display at this divine museum. Indulge yourself in the rich ancient Buddha statues and scriptures, Naga deity sculptures and several carvings to learn more about the magnificent Cambodian history.

Timings: 8 AM to 5 PM Daily
Entry Fee: Foreign Tourists: 12150 Riels (3 USD), Cambodian citizens: 1000 Riels, Children 12 & Under : Free
Time required: 1-2 hours

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5. Jayav Art

Jayav Art

Curated by a well-known French creator Philippe Brousseau, Jayav Art is a modern art gallery and shop exclusively popular for working with papier mâché sculptures and items. The pieces are all handmade with skilled artistry and craftsmanship while the process is thoroughly explained at the workshop where visitors are permitted to watch the artisans work. They display several other artworks of lacquered wood, terra cotta, stone, etc. for sale with elusive masterpieces that are reasonably priced.

Timings: Daily 9 AM to 6 PM
Time required: 1 hour

6. McDermott Gallery

McDermott Gallery

Established by the well-known fine art photographer John McDermott, this photography gallery primarily displays the exclusive work of John McDermott in capturing the beauty of Angkor. Although filled with subtle colours, the gallery follows an elegant black and white theme to feature all the photography graciously. The magnificent temples and heritage sites of Angkor, mainly Angkor Wat, are shot marvellously without any public disturbances to depict the classical traditions of the Cambodian civilization.

Timings: Daily 10 AM to 10 PM
Time Required: 1 hour

7. ArtBox Trick Art Museum

ArtBox Trick Art Museum

The ArtBox Trick Art Museum is a fun interactive art museum with beautiful art murals and live artwork. The museum has become a significant photo shoot hot spot for visitors because of its embellishing art decor. It houses a massive collection of photographs, entertaining 3D art and huge landmark paintings to admire. An impressive hologram show hosted by them is a must-watch and the small cafe at the end of your tour is an ideal way to finish.

Timings: Daily 9 AM to 7:30 PM
Entry Fee: 40,310 Riel (10 USD)
Time Required: 1-2 hours

8. Cambodia War Remnant Museum

Cambodia War Remnant Museum

The Cambodia War Remnant Museum is a resourceful establishment preparing and educating children, war survivors and people exposed to danger. The centre aims to help and educate visitors about the war struggles of Cambodians in a very respectful manner. The place was initially built to aid war veterans, survivors and victims. The museum is an information centre conveying an unforgettable experience of landmine survivors with the help of special exhibits of the mine structures, tanks, guns and rifles.

Timings: Daily 7:30 AM to 5:30 PM
Entry Fee: 24186 Riel (6 USD)
Time Required: 1-2 hours

9. Angkor Panorama Museum

Angkor Panorama Museum

Located beside the Angkor Wat ticket office, the Angkor Panorama Museum is an excellent art museum dedicated to displaying local and global art. The museum showcases some really inspiring artwork, short audiovisual films, photographs and memorabilia describing in detail the history of Angkor Wat. A magnificent 3 Dimensional painting viewed from the top blends majestically with the surrounding providing a live painting scenario. The museum tries to convey the Cambodian stories of when Angkor Wat was built.

Timings: Daily 9 AM to 8 PM
Entry Fee: Panorama - 44341 Riel (11 USD), Movie - 12093 Riel (3 USD)
Time Required: 1-2 hours

10. MGC Asian Traditional Textiles Museum

MGC Asian Traditional Textiles Museum

This wonderful textile museum is located close to the ticketing centre of Angkor Wat. It is home to a variety of traditional and modern fabric artwork, costumes from the earlier decades, textiles and cloth masterpieces. The museum displays fashion from over 6 Asian countries depicting a cultural fusion between the two beautiful rivers, Ganga and Mekong. The DIY corner allows visitors to observe and feel the cloth-making process. Choose to explore the museum by yourself or take a free guided tour.

Entry Fee: 12070 Riel (USD 3)
Time Required: 1-2 hours

11. Angkor Artwork E&T Stocker Museum

Angkor Artwork E&T Stocker Museum

A fine art museum showcasing high-quality work, this art gallery houses a variety of artwork and handicraft from several artists. The museum uses a montage of eggshells, gold leaves and lacquer along with classic Cambodian artistry to produce some fine masterpieces for the museum. The art studio allows its visitors to watch and observe the skilled craftsmen beautifully design and embellish their canvas artwork, wooden pieces, lacquer paintings, etc., and then put it on sale.

Timings: Daily 9 AM to 5 PM
Time required: 1 hour

12. Theam’s Gallery

Theam’s Gallery

Theam's gallery is a museum which is also the home of highly appreciated Cambodian designer Lim Muy Theam, the alluring Theam's gallery showcases authentic fine art pieces and designs from medieval Khmer times. Curated by Mr Theam himself, the gallery possesses a magnificent exhibition area with an impressive, vibrant collection of art, sculptures and pieces inspired by the rich Cambodian cultural heritage. Appealing artwork from local artists and apprentices is often displayed on site with a lot of them for sale.

Timings: Daily, 8 AM to 5 PM
Entry Fee: 20155 Riel (5 USD), Cambodian Citizens: 10077 Riel (2.5 USD), Children 12 & under enter free
Time Required: 1-2 hours

13. The Nature Discovery Center of Cambodia

The Nature Discovery Center of Cambodia

Located in Siem Reap, the Nature Discovery Centre is a fun learning establishment that aims to educate its visitors about environmental changes. The centre has its own butterfly and orchids garden, a cinematic experience on wildlife conservation, a little organic farm and plenty of do-it-yourself activities that help understand and preserve the Cambodian flora and fauna. The place aspires to passionately enlighten minds about the environmental damage that leads to concerning issues of global warming, endangerment of species and climate change.

Timings: (Monday - Friday) 9 AM to 5 PM, Saturday & Sunday closed
Time Required: 1-2 hours

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