The National Museum in Phnom Penh, Cambodia might be the world’s most beautiful open-air museum where treasures of old Khmer civilization are displayed without the boring traps of most modern museum you’ve been in the past. The open-air concept goes into the natural, inviting courtyard with a lush green pool, tropical trees and well-manicured garden. Literally, it’s like a vacation home filled with artifacts of old yore.
From afar, the National Museum of Cambodia looks like this.
From the entrance, you already feel like you’re going into something exciting and unique.
This museum doesn’t feel like a museum at all.
It feels like it’s a secret garden where you can be at peace or be alone.
Here, the artifacts are not heavily guarded with complicated keys.
They’re displayed openly, embracing the breadth and width of nature.
Though you can’t touch most of those artifacts, it feels good to be sitting next to them without a walls or barriers.
The National Museum has one of the largest collections of Khmer arts.
It has ancient sculptures, mostly of religious significance.
As a traveler who tried to see too much in such a short time, the museum’s courtyard offers a relaxing place to relax after a day’s worth of exploring.
Its pools are covered with water lilies.
Its well-maintained garden is a refreshing view to see and admire.
From the inside to the outside, its designs are amazing breathtaking.
They’re delicate and exquisitely detailed, too.
The whole museum itself is your window to a perfect example of Khmer architecture.
Anywhere inside radiates beauty.
I’d recommend you to visit the Grand Royal Palace (located next door) first and end your day at the National Museum. This is really a great place to end your day before going back to your hostel or wherever you stay.