The memorial monument on the grounds of the museum is the center of an annual remembrance day of the spirits of victims. Food and other offerings are made to the monks and as charitable acts to the poor. The event takes place each year on 20 May. Museum visitors are welcome to make charitable donations in observance of this day.
The largest annual ceremony for the museum, attended by governmental officials over two days, Pchum Ben, concludes a two-week period of offerings and prayers to the ancestral spirits. The event is unique to Cambodia, and the museum adds a monk each year to mark the passage of time from 1979, when the Khmer Rouge fell. This year, 38 monks will be invited to the commemoration ceremony. Pchum Ben will take place from 17 September to 2 October. Check back on this page for the exact date of the museum‘s celebration.
The Lotus flower is a symbol of peace in Cambodian culture. The White Lotus Room was created in 2015 as a place where visitors could spend time in reflection or meditation to process their emotions after viewing the museum’s exhibitions. The air-conditioned room is designed with comfortable woven mats and cushions, with two performances each day of traditional Cambodian music and Smot chanting.
Films are screened each day at 9.00 am and 3:45 pm in our newly refurbished movie room, second floor of Building D. Consult: In the current program of films to be screened: Schedule could be flexible
9 am: The Killing Machine
3.45 pm: Behind the walls of S-21
Each year, Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum marks the Khmer New Year with a special ceremony to bless the staff and to bring offerings to victims through a religious ritual performed by Buddhist monks. Visitors are invited to join. The event is held annually on 8 April.