One of the most picturesque and serene buildings in the capital is the National Museum of Cambodia, which is the largest museum of cultural history in the country. The museum is home to one of the largest collections of Khmer art in the world and is regarded as the country’s leading historical and archaeological museum.
The 14,000 items in the museum include sculptures, ceramics, bronzes, and ethnographic objects. The collection houses items the date from the prehistoric era through to the rise of the Khmer empire and beyond.
The building took over several years to complete and was inaugurated during Khmer New Year of 1920 in the presence of His Majesty King Sisowath. The original building was slightly altered in 1924 with extensions added at either end of the eastern façade to house the ever expanding collection of artworks and artifacts.