Over 250,000 Tourists Visit National Museum Last Year

The National Museum of Cambodia attracted more than 250,000 national and international tourists in 2016, generating some US$640,000 as income.

According to the report of the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts released during its recent annual meeting, last year the National Museum received a total of 254,149 tourists, of them 38,317 were local tourists, and earned US$642,642 as income.

Located in Phnom Penh capital city, next to the Royal Palace, the National Museum of Cambodia houses one of the world’s greatest collections of Khmer cultural material including sculpture, ceramics and ethnographic objects from the prehistoric, pre-Angkorian, Angkorian and post-Angkorian periods.

The museum promotes awareness, understanding and appreciation of Cambodia’s heritage through the presentation, conservation, safekeeping, interpretation and acquisition of Cambodian cultural material. It aims to educate and inspire its visitors.

The museum buildings were constructed between 1917 and 1924, with the inauguration of the museum in 1920. The central section of the east facade was renovated in 1968 under the supervision of Cambodian architect, Vann Molyvann.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press