The National Palace Museum of Cambodia

Palace Museum Garden

Peaceful Lotus Pond

The National Palace Museum is a short walk from The Grand Palace just off Sithowath Quay in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The terracotta roofed museum is fashioned in a traditional Cambodian design and was built between 1917 and 1920. I particularly enjoyed spending time between exhibits in the garden courtyard of the complex.


I was a bit surprised by the lack of security in the museum. Most of the displays were set out in the open. There weren’t any visible alarm systems and a few guards wandered around aimlessly. A select few of the numerous sandstone statues and carvings dating from Angkorian and pre-Angkorian eras were encased in secure cases, but most were set out on tables for viewing.

Despite the lack of security precautions in place, the museum houses some spectacular pieces, many of which echo the carvings and statues seen at the temples in and around Angkor Wat.

How To Get There

At Street 178 & Street 13 next to the Royal Palace

Admission $2.00

Hours of Operation: Monday-Sunday 8:00-11:30 and 2:00-5:00

Post Author: Carrie Kellenberger

I'm a chronically ill Canadian expat who has been living abroad in Asia since 2003. I moved from China to Taiwan in 2006. My husband and I have owned our own business in Taiwan since 2012. In addition to my own work, I've been writing professionally about Asia, travel and health advocacy since 2007, providing regular content to several publishing companies and travel publications in Asia and North America. Follow Carrie on on Twitter @globetrotteri or on Instagram at

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *