The top five museums worth visiting in Siem Reap

In recent years, the tourism industry in Siem Reap has flourished, attracting thousands of tourists from around the world and making it an international small county town. Here, you can find one of the Seven Wonders of the World, Angkor Wat, Southeast Asia's largest freshwater lake, Tonle Sap Lake, and a vibrant nightlife on Pub Street. There are also a variety of hotels, guesthouses, and restaurants of different levels. All these factors make this small city a must-visit destination in your lifetime. If you want to get to know this unfamiliar yet charming city, start with its museums! There are many interesting and rich museums worth exploring. Take this list and make your mark in Siem Reap!

Angkor National Museum

The Angkor National Museum is a place that showcases representative works of art from various periods of the Khmer Dynasty. The museum covers an area of 10,000 square meters, with an exhibition hall area of 5,000 square meters, displaying representative works of art from various periods of the Khmer Dynasty, all of which are authentic artifacts. The exterior design of the museum is unique, cleverly combining grand overall concepts with subtle details. From a distance, the museum's roof presents the mysterious atmosphere of the ancient towers of Angkor Wat. Upon closer inspection, you will discover that the details such as the long corridors, gateways, and inlaid windows are not only inspired by the design of Angkor Wat, but also incorporate modern elements, attracting numerous visitors to catch a glimpse of the rich heritage left behind by Khmer culture.

War Museum Cambodia

The War Museum, located in Geshgan Village, Sorya Commune, Cambodia, was established in 2001. With the assistance of the Ministry of Defense, many weapons left over from the war were collected from various provinces such as Battambang, Banteay Meanchey, Kampong Chhnang, and Siem Reap and transported to the War Museum for preservation.

Cambodia Landmine Museum

The Cambodia Landmine Museum was founded by local demining expert Aki Ra in 1997, with the aim of telling the history of landmines to people. Aki Ra witnessed appalling scenes of violence and mutual killings among his compatriots during the demining process, so he decided to raise funds to open a landmine museum in the hope of raising awareness of the dangers of war and landmines. The museum's entrance features multiple cannons and a landmine pavilion, displaying various types and sizes of landmines with different styles. The museum also showcases artwork made from landmines, as well as helmets, mortars, firearms, and various weapons from the civil war period.

National Centre of the Khmer Ceramics Revival in Cambodia

The National Museum of Cambodia pottery is currently the largest pottery museum in Cambodia, mainly showcasing pottery works with Khmer cultural characteristics. These works are exquisitely crafted and beautifully designed, making it an excellent place to learn and study about pottery.

Angkor Panorama Museum

This panoramic painting museum is located on the way to Angkor Wat and is the only museum of its kind in Siem Reap. Through multimedia technology, it showcases the history, culture, and life of the Angkor period in a comprehensive way. The panoramic paintings in the museum depict the stories of the Angkor era, helping visitors to gain a deeper understanding of Cambodia's thousand-year history.

Art Box Museum

Siem Reap 3D Art Museum is an exhibition venue located in Siem Reap, which opened and began operating on December 2, 2016. The museum uses scientific technology painting and special coatings to present a lively three-dimensional effect (3D) of the 2D plane images. Tourists can experience and enjoy this unique art form in this exhibition called the stunt art museum.