Angkor National Museum Tour Guide:
One of the major attractions of Siem Reap, the Angkor National Museum helps you to fill the gaps and piece together the cultural and architectural history as garnered from the architectural ruins across Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom and other sites. While the temples take you back in time with a hands-on exploratory tour of crumbling ruins, the national museum takes you on a remarkable journey right from the inception to the highpoints of these ancient cities in the environs of a world-class museum. In fact, the Angkor National Museum comes as a pleasant surprise after the laid-back and not-so-well-developed facets of Angkor.
Begin your Angkor National Museum experience with a Museum Overture in the Briefing Hall that orients you with the layout of the museum and its exhibits. Move on to the Exclusive Gallery, which explores the intricate relationship between Cambodians and Buddhism across ages through its exhibits of one thousand images and statues of Buddha in various poses – one of the most prestigious collections in the world.
Explore the origins of the Khmer Empire at the Khmer Civilization gallery; gain an insight into the cultural beliefs of the Khmers and their religions, and acquaint yourself with famous Khmer legends and folk tales at the Religion and Beliefs Gallery; and applaud the kings who took the Khmer Empire to great heights at the Great Khmer Kings Gallery.
Learn more about the architectural magnificence of Angkor Temples at Angkor Wat gallery; explore the many intricacies of advanced city planning as found in Angkor Thom at the Angkor Thom gallery; see magnificent reliefs and inscriptions in stone at Story from Stone gallery; and marvel at the various costumes and jewellery at the Ancient Costume gallery. Apart from its permanent collection, the Angkor National Museum hosts several events and exhibitions that give a deeper understanding of the Khmer Empire.