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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  • One piece in this museum... with everything and anything... of Chinese porcelain, clothing and accessories of the 2000s police... to avoid
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  • Working hours are actually Sat- Thu 10.30 till 15.30, closed on Fri, so could not visit the museum. From the outside it looks grand, located near Sultan park so easy to find.  more »
  • find something of value in even the smallest/dullest of museums, and have a day to spend in Male, come here for an hour or so, there is still space for improvement. So I say you should visit this plac...  more »
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  • An exceptional collection of artifacts and other antiques and also a great place to learn about the history of the Maldives.
  • In better location the national museum surrounding by trees behind that biggest graden in the evening feel quite happy to visit there. The collection is a diverse collection of artifacts, coins, royal antiques, costumes, police armor, stamps (very interesting), and some more modern items.
  • Built in the previous Sultan palace area. Diverse collections. Fee US$7.- (not clearly remember). Addition fee for photo taking.
  • Worth the time to go there.
  • Good place to explore the Maldives history in one place. Guided tour is also available upon request. In 2012, a lot of relics from the Buddhist era were destroyed by vandals. There is an entrance fee of about 50 rufiya per guest.

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Where to stay in Male

Due to the city's dense population, you may be hard-pressed to find spacious accommodations at any time of year in Male. If you're here in transit to one of the surrounding resorts, you may not be able to avoid Male's high prices, as transfers to the islands are generally only possible during daylight hours. The rooms in the hotels, bed and breakfasts, and guesthouses of Male are on the whole clean, if basic. For more affordable options head to the nearby isle of Hulhumale: a ten-minute boat ride away, this spot proves popular with backpackers.
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