Cambodia Landmine Museum
Sun - Sat 7:30am - 5:30pm
Learn about the tragic impact of landminesEstablished in 1997 by Aki Ra, who was forced to become a child solider by the Khmer Rouge, the petite Cambodia Landmine Museum is much more than a museum. Operating as an NGO, the museum profits go to the on-site school and relief facility for disadvantaged villagers and is currently supporting a community of some 75 people. The museum itself is a simple affair with rudimentary displays that illustrate the history of landmines in Cambodia and their tragic impact upon the people, while telling the heroic story of their founder. After years of being forced to fight, including planting thousands of landmines, Aki Ra resolved to begin the arduous and dangerous process of removing landmines, often by hand, and defusing them with homemade tools he built himself. In 2008, he also founded the Cambodian Self Help Demining NGO (www.cambodianselfhelpdemining.org) which clears landmines throughout the country. It doesn't take long to look around, however, you can also scramble nearby Banteay Srei temple and visit the Butterfly Centre (http://www.angkorbutterfly.com/bbchome.html )and make a day of it. There's also a small gift shop selling art and souvenirs made by the villagers and the museum occasionally hosts art and photography exhibitions.