The National Museum of Cambodia


A cultural awakening for when visiting the iconic National Museum of Cambodia today in Phnom Penh is cambodia’s largest museum of cultural history and is the country’s leading historical and archaeological museum. it houses one of the world’s largest collections of khmer art, including sculptural, ceramics, bronzes, and ethnographic objects. the museum buildings, inspired by khmer temple architecture, were constructed between 1917 and 1924, the museum was officially inaugurated in 1920,and renovated in 1968.]

National-Museum-of-Cambodia-Phnom-Penh

Touring the national museum of cambodia I never expected to receive the unique learning experience of diversity of ancient cultures blended so well in a modern museum. the museum buildings were constructed between 1917 and 1924, with the inauguration of the museum in 1920. the central section of the east façade was renovated in 1968 under the supervision of cambodian architect, vann molyvann. the museum in phnom penh is cambodia’s largest museum of cultural history and is the country’s leading historical and archaeological museum. it houses one of the world’s largest collections of khmer art, including sculptural, ceramics, bronzes, and ethnographic objects. the museum’s collection includes over 17,000 items, from prehistoric times to periods before, during, and after the khmer empire, which at its height stretched from thailand, across present-day cambodia, to southern vietnam. george groslier (1887-1945), historian, curator and author was the motivating force behind much of the revival of interest in traditional ccambodian arts and crafts, and it was he who designed this building that is today ‘traditional khmer’ architecture. it is perhaps better described as a building enlarged from cambodian temple prototypes seen on ancient bas-reliefs and reinterpreted through colonial eyes to meet the museum-size requirements. together with the adjacent royal university of fine arts the national museum of cambodia works to enhance knowledge of and preserve Cambodian cultural traditions and to provide a source of pride and identity to the cambodian people. the museum also serves a religious function; its collection of important Buddhist and Hindu sculpture addresses community religious needs as a place of worship. a permanent exhibition, Post-Angkorian Buddha, is supported by UNESCO and a number of individuals and local businesses. . .

Bronze-Buddhist-Triad

Website : http://www.cambodiamuseum.info/

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