Angkor: The Lost Empire of Cambodia

Angkor: The Lost Empire of Cambodia

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Visitors in Angkor: The Lost Empire of Cambodia Exhibition
Advance exhibition tickets are required before your visit.

NOW OPEN — The California Science Center proudly presents the world premiere of Angkor: The Lost Empire of Cambodia — an international touring exhibition featuring over 120 ancient artifacts, half of which are on tour for the first time. 

Start your visit with the visually stunning movie Angkor 3D — an immersive IMAX adventure where science and mystery intersect. See one of the archaeological wonders of the world on our 7-story screen! 

After the IMAX movie, enter the exhibition Angkor: The Lost Empire of Cambodia. Journey back 900 years to discover engineering and cultural marvels and daily life in the Khmer empire. Use the tools of science to explore the rise, fall, and enduring legacy of what was once the most extensive metropolis in the world. 

SAVE on admission when you purchase tickets to both the exhibition and IMAX movie. (Activate the discount by adding both to your shopping cart.)

Groups of 15 or more enjoy special savings by receiving one free ticket for every 15 tickets purchased. Advance reservations are required for groups. Please call (213) 744-2019.

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Read our COVID safety guidelines before your visit.

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Angkor: The Lost Empire of Cambodia Exhibition - Official TV Commercial (30 sec) - NOW OPEN
Khmer TV's Promo Video
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Angkor
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Khmer TV
Visitors inside Ankgor: The Lost Empire of Cambodia Exhibition
Group Discount

Book your group visit! Groups of 15 or more people enjoy special savings by receiving one free ticket for every 15 tickets purchased. Advance reservations are required for groups. To reserve your group, please call (213) 744-2019.

PHOTOS

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Garuda Guardian Statue

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Lintel depicting Buddha’s life
Sandstone
Late 12th century, early 13th century
Ta Prohm, Angkor, Siemreap
ACO

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Statue of Jayavarman's Head from Angkor Empire
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John Gollings

King Jayavarman​​ VII
Sandstone
Late 12th-early 13th century
Preah Khan, Preah Vihear

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Buddhist Triad
Bronze
Late 12th-early century
Dang Run, Mongkol Borei, Banteay Meanchey 

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Devata Statue
Sandstone
Phum Peak 4
ACO

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Kneeling Attendant (Sahadeva)
Sandstone
First half of 10th century
Prasat Chen, Koh Ker

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Prince Tesso Sisowath’s Mask

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Replica of the Angkorian Harp

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Inscribed Silver Plate
Silver
 

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Garuda Guardian Statue

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Lintel depicting Buddha’s life
Sandstone
Late 12th century, early 13th century
Ta Prohm, Angkor, Siemreap
ACO

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Statue of Jayavarman's Head from Angkor Empire
Image attribution
John Gollings

King Jayavarman​​ VII
Sandstone
Late 12th-early 13th century
Preah Khan, Preah Vihear

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Buddhist Triad
Bronze
Late 12th-early century
Dang Run, Mongkol Borei, Banteay Meanchey 

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Devata Statue
Sandstone
Phum Peak 4
ACO

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Kneeling Attendant (Sahadeva)
Sandstone
First half of 10th century
Prasat Chen, Koh Ker

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Prince Tesso Sisowath’s Mask

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Replica of the Angkorian Harp

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Inscribed Silver Plate
Silver
 

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INTERACTIVES

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Crack the Code 
Archaeologists found many pieces of stone inscribed in ancient Khmer. Decoding the fragments was key to understanding the history of Angkor. In this exhibit, you are given reproductions of actual stone fragments. Play the role of the archaeologist and correctly order the fragments to decode the inscription.

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Build a Temple
Khmer temples were built according to prescribed designs and using a variety of materials and layers of decoration. Build an Angkor temple and learn about materials and components used in ancient Angkor.

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Help the Cook
While ancient homes of wood and thatch are gone, we know what people ate from the pots, seeds and remains they left behind. They ate a lot more than fish and rice. Help the cook and find out what they ate.

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Prasat Chen Artifact
The ensemble of statues from the Prasat Chen temple are masterpieces of Khmer art. Stolen in the 1970’s six of the nine statues were finally repatriated in 2013 and 2014. Their story shows the importance of returning stolen artwork to the country of origin. In the bin are the six separate statues. Place each statue onto its proper base to decipher the meaning of the sculptural scene.

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Climate Change and Fall of Angkor
On the table is a wedge replica of a tree ring next to a large monitor. Move the lever attached to the tree ring to start the activity. As you move along the tree ring, you move through time with both wet and dry years. The monitor follows along informing you what type of climate is associated with the thick and thin rings. At the same time the animated tree in the monitor grows big in the wet years and shrivels in the dry years. Onscreen text explains the impact of the climate on the people living there.

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Crack the Code 
Archaeologists found many pieces of stone inscribed in ancient Khmer. Decoding the fragments was key to understanding the history of Angkor. In this exhibit, you are given reproductions of actual stone fragments. Play the role of the archaeologist and correctly order the fragments to decode the inscription.

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Build a Temple
Khmer temples were built according to prescribed designs and using a variety of materials and layers of decoration. Build an Angkor temple and learn about materials and components used in ancient Angkor.

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Help the Cook
While ancient homes of wood and thatch are gone, we know what people ate from the pots, seeds and remains they left behind. They ate a lot more than fish and rice. Help the cook and find out what they ate.

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Prasat Chen Artifact
The ensemble of statues from the Prasat Chen temple are masterpieces of Khmer art. Stolen in the 1970’s six of the nine statues were finally repatriated in 2013 and 2014. Their story shows the importance of returning stolen artwork to the country of origin. In the bin are the six separate statues. Place each statue onto its proper base to decipher the meaning of the sculptural scene.

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Climate Change and Fall of Angkor
On the table is a wedge replica of a tree ring next to a large monitor. Move the lever attached to the tree ring to start the activity. As you move along the tree ring, you move through time with both wet and dry years. The monitor follows along informing you what type of climate is associated with the thick and thin rings. At the same time the animated tree in the monitor grows big in the wet years and shrivels in the dry years. Onscreen text explains the impact of the climate on the people living there.

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VISITOR INFORMATION

PLEASE NOTE: The time on your Angkor exhibition ticket reflects the time you may enter the exhibition queue.

Angkor Quick Tips: View Details
  • Flash photography is not allowed.

  • There is no re-entry into the Angkor exhibition after exiting.

  • Join the Angkor exhibition queue at the time printed on your ticket.

  • It is recommended that you allow 90 minutes to view the exhibition.

Exhibition Hours: View Details

Last entry time for the Angkor exhibition is 3:30 p.m. The exhibition opens at 10:00 a.m. and closes at 5:00 p.m.

PLEASE NOTE: General Admission (Entry Time) to the Science Center is included with your Angkor exhibition ticket.

General Ticketing Information: View Details

Purchase your tickets online and in advance of your visit.

Same day ticket sales online and at the box office are limited and subject to availability (advance ticket purchase online is strongly suggested). Please arrive at least 30 minutes before your exhibition time (on your ticket) to allow plenty of time to park. Parking is $15.00 per car, $15.00 for school buses and $33.00 for oversized vehicles. Visit our Directions, Parking and Transportation page for more information.

If reserving tickets over the phone and choosing Will Call as the delivery method, you will need to pick-up your tickets at the box office, which will require additional wait time. You will be asked to show a form of ID, in order pick up your tickets.

Purchasing Tickets: View Details

There are three ways to purchase tickets:

  • Online - Available 24 hours here. There is a $3.00 service charge per ticket. Guests use the “E-ticket” feature and have the tickets emailed to them. E-tickets can be scanned from your mobile device. If necessary, tickets can be printed at the box office with no extra charge.

  • Telephone - Available 7 days a week from 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. by calling (323)-SCIENCE or (213) 744-2019. There is a $3.00 service fee per ticket on all telephone orders. There may be additional charges for delivery/shipping methods.

  • On Site – Available at the box office during regular operating hours. Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis. There is no guarantee that tickets will be available on the day of your visit. Advance ticket purchases are strongly recommended.

Cameras and Other Belongings: View Details

In order to maintain the safety of the artifacts and for your personal comfort we ask that all guests adhere to the following visitor policies:

BELONGINGS: Bags and "carry-on" items larger than 11" x 14" are not permitted inside of the exhibit. The California Science Center does not provide personal property storage, holding, or check in. This includes but is not limited to coolers, luggage, backpacks, or any type of personal property. Guests are strongly encouraged to leave large bags and other personal property at home or in their cars whenever possible. The California Science Center is not responsible for any bags strollers or personal items left unattended.

Large suitcases, coolers, umbrellas, and large shopping bags are not permitted.

Food or drink is not permitted inside of the exhibit.

CAMERAS: Please ensure that your camera activities respect the privacy of other visitors and do not distract our staff and volunteers.

Personal use, no-flash photography and videography is allowed.

Selfie sticks, tripods, stabilizers and monopods are not permitted inside of the California Science Center.

Accessibility / Service Dogs: View Details

The exhibition is wheelchair accessible.

Service dogs that have been individually trained to work or perform tasks for a guest with a disability are welcome, in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Pets, comfort animals, emotional support animals, or therapy animals are not allowed, for the safety of the Science Center’s exhibit animals. For more info on accessibility and amenities, visit this page.

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Members inside Ankgor: The Lost Empire of Cambodia Exhibition by Garuda statues
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This exhibition is produced by MuseumsPartner in Austria.