Khmer Museum

Khmer Museum

Khmer Museum

Khmer museum inspired by Khmer architecture, were constructed between 1917 and 1924, the museum was officially inaugurated in 1920 and renovated in 1968.

During Khmer Rougeregime of 1975-79— devastated all aspects of Cambodian life including the cultural realm.

The Museum, along with the rest of Phnom Penh, was evacuated and abandoned. The Museum, closed between 1975 and 1979, and was found in disrepair, its roof rotten and home to a vast colony of bats, the garden overgrown, and the collection in disarray, many objects damaged or stolen.

The Museum was quickly tidied up and reopened to the public on April 13, 1979. However, many of the Museum’s employees had lost their lives during the Khmer Rouge regime.

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