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“Repetive, bored staff.”

Angkor National Museum
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Ranked #22 of 180 things to do in Siem Reap
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Sydney, Australia
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“Repetive, bored staff.”
Reviewed 29 July 2014

I wasn't too impressed.
There are literally thousands and thousands of stone carvings of Buddha, Vishnu, Ganesh etc, and not much else. We visited at the end of our stay in Siem Reap, when we were already a bit "Templed-Out". We probably should have gone here BEFORE doing the Angkor Wat trip.

As soon as you enter you are greeted with signs and instructions informing that photography, hats, bags,and water are all prohibited. Quite what damage any of these could do to stone sculptures weighing several tons, I know not. These days, museums tend to allow photography (without flash) and this annoyed me.

Entrance was $12 which is very expensive considering the price of everything else in Cambodia.

The audio tour was an extra $3 which I thought would be worthwhile, but I was wrong. The narration refers to numbers which at some time must have been attached to various exhibits. Unfortunately 90% of these seem to have dropped off and have never been replaced, thus rendering the narration virtually useless.

Most of the glass shelves are thickly coated with dust and are in urgent need of cleaning.
Every member of staff that I saw seemed to be crouched, hiding behind a desk or pillar, head down, completely engrossed in facebook or gmail on their smartphone, avoiding productive work. Issuing dusters and confiscating smartphones would work wonders.

I did get quite a good cup of coffee, though, from a bored, sullen employee.

I would recommend giving it a miss, but if you really must, . . . . go BEFORE the Temple Trips.

Visited July 2014
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“Museums are brilliant”
Reviewed 24 July 2014

A great place to visit before you head out to the temples. With the information over the wireless headsets, makes sense of all the different carvings and history of the temples.

Visited July 2014
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“A lovely museum to visit”
Reviewed 23 July 2014

This is a very nice museum to visit. It is well organized and while they don't have as many items as the museum in Phnom Penh, it is easier to navigate and learn about Angkor Wat. There are 8 galleries organized by topic...most impressive is the Gallery of 1,000 Buddha Images...buddhas of all sizes, all types, different materials, etc. A bit tiring to try to do all the galleries in one day. No photos were allowed inside the museum and sadly they had no postcards worth buying, either.

Visited January 2014
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“The Khmer Empire in a museum!”
Reviewed 20 July 2014 via mobile

I got the audio tour for $3 on top of the $12 entrance few and found this thoroughly interesting, it gave backgrounds and stories on specific exhibits that weren't written down, so you'd be missing out without the audio. Although there was plenty to read as well if you don't want the audio. Room of 1000 Buddhas was amazing! Go here before the temples I'd suggest, or background and knowledge.

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Bangkok, Thailand
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“Perfect to start off your Angkor Adventures”
Reviewed 19 July 2014

We started our Siem Reap vacation here on the recommendation of a friend and we certainly are glad we did. It was really helpful in laying out the basis for our visits to the different temples. Our kids (10 years old and 4 years old) got excited about the temple visits after learning about folklore and were actually referencing what they learned during the temple visits.

If you are able to, be sure to go to all of the galleries (there are 5 of them) as they are chock full of great information. We didn't do the audio tour, but it looked like there were only a few items on the audio tour so it was fine.

Visited July 2014
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