Angkor National Museum
The Angkor National Museum in Siem Reap is perfect for learning more about the glorious Khmer Empire before visiting the stunning temples at the Angkor Archaeological Park. Most of the artefacts on display in the museum were recovered in and around the Angkor Archaeological Sites.
From an assortment of Hindu gods, Buddhist Bodhisattvas to sandstone reliefs and beautiful costumes, the collection of relics from the ancient Angkor Empire is impressive. Together these artefacts tell the stories of the rise and fall of the Khmer empire. Some pieces to highlight are a late 12th-/early 13th-century seated Buddha protected by a naga and a standing Vishnu from the 7th-century.
After a short presentation, visitors enter the Gallery of a Thousand Buddhas, which has a fine collection of images. Other exhibits include artefacts and information about the pre-Angkorian periods of Funan and Chenla; Angkor Wat; Angkor Thom and the Khmer kings. While the collection is not as extensive as the collection on display in the National Museum in Phnom Penh, the artefacts, information panels and touch-screen videos put the story of Angkor and the Khmer empire in context very well.