National Museum, Male

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See the skeleton of a rare Longman's beaked whale at National Museum, established to preserve the history of the Maldives. The 6 m (20 ft) whale skeleton headlines a collection of natural science and historical exhibits, which offer a broad insight into Maldivian culture. You can appreciate a range of Islamic artifacts, as well as early technology and utensils used by in the Maldives centuries ago. Tragically, many of the museum's pre-Islamic exhibits were destroyed in a 2012 attack, including an 11th-century bust of Buddha carved from coral. Arrange your visit to National Museum and discover more family-friendly attractions in Male using our Male trip itinerary tool .
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  • Not much to do in ale for a tourist.At least the museum has AC!! Odd collection of old items, and many that are not that old for a museum. Price charged is probably high for what you get. But museu is...  more »
  • Walk around Male and you will eventually find a building that is completely out of tune with the rest of Maldives. That is the National Museum. If you so choose to step in, be prepared to pay 50 rufiy...  more »
  • Cool place, with some great historical records on Maldivian currency and the old coral mosques. Cost 100 Rf to get in, well worth the visit if you're a history buff. Do you like to learn about the pas...  more »
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  • One of the best place to visit in Male’. You will be able to get more information about the history of the Republic of Maldives.
  • A must visit place when u are in Male. Exhibits the history of Maldives. Very informative and provides u the foundation to fall in love with Maldives.
  • The three-storied museum (old building) is located in the Sultan Park in Malé, which is part of the site of the Maldivian Royal Palace compound dating back to the 17th century. The two-storey Us-gēkolhu is the only remaining structure of the palace demolished by fire in 1968. The new building of the museum is also located in Sultan Park. The building was designed, built and financed by the Chinese government. The building was presented to the Maldives by the Chinese government on 10 July 2010, but was officially opened and declared as the national museum two weeks later on Maldives' Independence Day, 26 July 2010. The interior of the museum has been retained from the days of the Sultanate, including the handwritten Qur'an engraved on the walls of the building.
  • 10 am to 4pm Sun to thurs. Adult 100 mvr Kids 20 mvr An excellent display begins with display from medieval periods of Maldivian history. They have weaponry, religious stuff and household wares as well as many impressively carved Arabic- and Thaana-engraved planks. Upstairs is a display of modern period lacquer-work boxes for which Maldives is famous as well as various pieces of antique technology like the country’s first gramophone, telephone and a massive computer. They have an impressive marine collection as well.
  • With the purpose of preserving history and instilling patriotism among the people of the Maldives, the museum has a large collection of historical artifacts, ranging from stone objects to fragments of royal antiquities from the Buddhist era to the rule of Islamic monarchs.
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